Food Product Development
Scientist – Minneapolis,
- Target HQ
Minnesota United States
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Imagine A Career In Merchandising/Buying/Planning
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 value.br>
Job Description PRIMARY FUNCTION:
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.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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
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
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
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
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.
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Employment Opportunity Employer and is a drug-free workplace.