Food Product Development Scientist – Minneapolis, MN



Target - Target HQ

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Minneapolis, Minnesota United States


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AutoReqId 60300BR
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Help drive sales by delivering exciting foods to our guests, when they want them, where they shop. Play a role in developing foods that are trend right and exceed guest expectations in quality and>


This position is responsible for managing vendor-based development of Target’s Owned Brands products, Archer Farms and Market Pantry. Responsibilities include creating guest focused on trend items in prototype form, assisting with and conducting organoleptic evaluations, product performance and quality attribute assessments, scheduling and leading product team evaluations, providing objective feedback to the teams, documenting product evaluations, conclusions and next steps, and providing technical guidance to vendors. Work includes the entire product life cycle, from new products to ongoing product improvements and maintenance.


Develops/Create concepts and recipes that replicate items identified in conjunction with business strategy.

Researches food trends and industry information through publication, trend shows, restaurants, and vendor partnerships.

Evaluates products and packaging submitted by vendors against national brands, product benchmarks or Target prototypes or requirements.

Conducts product sensory evaluations and product performance evaluations.

Ensures products to be commercialized are consistent with Target brand strategies.

Participates in and/or leads Private Label Team product evaluations, facilitate decision making and identification of next steps.

Works directly with vendors to request product samples, inform them of specific Target requirements, obtain technical information, provide technical direction and guidance, and resolve issues.

Documents and summarizes all product sensory and performance evaluations as well as Private Label Development Team evaluations and decisions.

Contributes to the development, review and approval of the product specification.

Conducts first production run evaluations of all new products for compliance to specification and overall approval.

Assists with product improvements and the on-going maintenance of commercialized products.



Private Label Buying Team

Food Category Buyers

Food Quality & Safety Team



Vendors & Brokers

Consultants & Contractors

This position reports to the Manager, Food Product Development.


B.S. in Food Science

Culinary degree or equivalent experience

3 – 10 years test kitchen or product development experience working with consumer packaged foods and/or foodservice industry

Creative culinary skills and a passion for working with food.

Experience in cross functional execution

Sensory evaluation experience and skills

Strong Prioritization / Organizational / Documentation skills

Sense of urgency

Communicates Effectively

Builds Trust

Maximizes Relationships

Flexible working structure

Microsoft Office Knowledge (Word and Excel)


M.S. in Food Science

Chain restaurant experience

See The Rewards Eligible team members will receive one of the best earnings packages anywhere, including competitive pay, all-around insurance coverage, 401(k), flexible scheduling, training and development and many other perks and benefits. See a place of exciting challenges and rewards. See a place where you'll feel empowered to do something brilliant. See a place filled with creativity and unlimited opportunity. See a place where 'work' could easily be called play. See yourself here. Target is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is a drug-free workplace.

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