Scientist - Disruptive Innovation Team - Naperville,
Date: Dec 17, 2015
Naperville, IL, US
your career at ConAgra Foods. At ConAgra Foods, we make great food —
everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating
meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether
you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods
provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive
salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-paced workplace.
Leaders, Collaborators & Future Creators
Innovation does more than just create food. It is a team that explores, designs and creates branded food experiences
for people. It is a place for the intellectually curious to explore
potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The
company looks for leaders who can help create inspiring & collaborative
entrepreneurial culture that creates impact throughout the enterprise and
marketplace. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding
imagination. It’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a
challenging and constantly evolving environment.
achievers, leaders and visionaries with an entrepreneurial drive and
penchant for making things happen. The ideal candidate is someone who is
comfortable with a blank whiteboard, can inspire and lead others through
change and is wired to stay up on trends if not create their own.
Holistic thinkers & doers welcome, those who like to generate new ideas
and drive action to bring them to life through engaging story
telling and internal influence.
As a leader in Team
Disruptive Innovation, your goal is to create and deliver Instagram-worthy
food experiences for consumers by leveraging trends & insights from the
world’s greatest culinary experts, researchers, creatives and scientists.
As a Food Scientist
you partner with the team to develop ideas from white space identification,
concept & business case development, go-to-market strategy, through
in-market incubation launch. You will work with a group of similarly
passionate individuals across Marketing, Consumer Insights, Culinary,
Packaging, and Design to create end-to-end product + experience visions
across a variety of North Stars for the company.
product development strategy and concept creation for new products
including: identification of unmet consumer needs,
trends, new product/package concepts, manufacturing strategy, and
dots: develop competitively advantaged products by translating trends,
unmet consumer needs, category and competitive activity, and technology
and manufacturing capabilities.
lead, and influence cross functional teams, internal stakeholders,
senior leaders, and external partners for disruptive new product
a thought leader in disruptive product development
as an entrepreneurial & innovation ambassador to the organization
capable of integrating activities across key functional partners
to champion and build an innovation culture across RQI, with a special
emphasis on building strong connections between Chicago and Omaha.
to a creative, fast-working, autonomous and driven development team
judgment and technical expertise to assure that an appropriate level
of technical discipline is employed in early-stage business decisions.
and approve potential ingredient, manufacturing and comanufacturing suppliers.
in facilitation of internal ideation and innovation sessions
in & lead projects to improve early innovation process –
develop/validate tools for innovation
years in product development and design. BS in Food Science or
related field, MS preferred. demonstrated success and track record in
new product development
years of work experience in holistic design and/or innovation.
in leading and developing a Design Thinking environment
to roll up your sleeves and do whatever it takes to help your team win
team-orientation partnering with cross-functional team
to execute methodically while also thinking strategically
to work in a fast-paced environment and to manage multiple, competing
analytical and quantitative skills, to back up assumptions and develop
business cases, including ability to document requirements and results
ability to dive deep in understanding the product, our business, and
the competitive landscape
to travel frequently to manage prototyping, scale up and
to manufacturing processes and equipment for periodic extended
to lift 25 to 50 lbs
a company or rental automobile 4 to 6 hours as needed
to stand for sit or stand for extended periods of time
significant food allergies
to travel up to 20% of time
a company or rental vehicle as needed
description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an
exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working
conditions associated with the job. It is intended, however, to be an
accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making
decisions related to job performance, employee development and
compensation. As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and
responsibilities as required.
ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers
qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor
under federal, state or local law.
Nearest Major Market: Naperville
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago
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Engineering, Entry Level