Principal Process Engineer - Food Safety – Omaha, NE


Research and Development



Full Time

Defines, develops and commercializes new, improved processing technologies to support new product introductions, reduce cost and/or improve quality. Serves as processing expert and resource across ConAgra. Develops, directs, or acquires innovative process technology (preferably ownable) to deliver competitive advantages through new products, quality/shelf life improvement, yield improvement, and/or cost reduction. Requires advanced Engineering degree and 8 years experience.

  Identify and develop food safety initiatives.

  Responsible for establishing the adequacy of unit operations to provide control for assuring safe food.

  Define and support food safety requirements for new Product, Packaging, and Process Development initiatives.

  Serve as a subject matter expert in shelf stable technologies with emphasis in hot-fill-hold, retorted and aseptic processing technologies.

  Disseminate expertise across ConAgra’s R&D and manufacturing communities.

  Assist Operations, Food Safety, Quality and Engineering in areas that extend beyond their own internal capabilities on process changes to improve food safety and quality.

  Lead annual thermal processing, food packaging and food engineering audits on ConAgra’s processing systems.

  Assist with plant trials and startups (validations) as needed.

  Financial understanding to optimize profitability.

  Sound people management skills, focusing on relevant process development execution and capability to delegate authority to maximize work force output

  Understand food processing and food science with exposure to research and commercial applications. Stay current on new process technologies partnering with Universities, suppliers.

  BS or BA degree in Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Food Science and Technology, or Food Microbiology required.

  Minimum of 7-10 years experience in food process technology or related.

  Thorough understanding of process-food product interactions and challenges faced during commercialization.

  Advanced working knowledge of experimental design and execution

  Extensive knowledge of process engineering and processing equipment

  Excellent presentation skills, both oral and written.

  Proficient at Microsoft office programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  Experience in compliance with state and federal regulatory agencies and regulatory requirements pertaining to food processing and packaging.

  Understanding of the theory and practice of food preservation processes

  Strong people management skills, focusing on relevant process development execution and capability to delegate authority to maximize work force output

  Thorough understanding of sanitary design, and equipment cleaning.

  Proven troubleshooting skill with demonstrated ability to “think on their feet.”

  Network and leverage capability across industry and academia here and internationally.

  Ability to work cross functionally to garner support and enthusiasm.

  Budgeting, financial analysis skills to define and analyze cost impacts.



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