Under limited supervision from
the department manager directs the day to day activities associated
with customer samples, whether the samples are “off the shelf” standard
items or prototype samples manufactured in the pilot plant. The
incumbent will supervise two shipping clerks in the sample room;
maintain a small inventory of all standard items produced by the
vegetable unit of Gilroy Foods & Flavors (GFF), and maintain a
small inventory of all necessary shipping supplies. The incumbent will
also manage GFF’s customized sample order system (SPIN), assigning
sample orders to the appropriate department members as the orders post
on a day-to-day basis. The incumbent will also work very closely with
the department product developers, coordinating the manufacture of any
custom prototype products for customers, assisting with product
development, formulation and manufacture of prototypes as needed.
Develop close functional
relationships within the department, GFF’s corporate Sales and
Marketing departments and plant operations teams.
Maintain prompt sample order fulfillment service for all customer
Maintain a small, up-to-date inventory of all standard items produced
by the vegetable unit of Gilroy Foods & Flavors; dehydrated onion
and garlic, dehydrated chile products, dehydrated vegetables,
GardenFrost frozen purees, Controlled Moisture frozen vegetables, and
Redi-Made shelf-stable garlic purees.
Establish a working relationship with each Operation Services Manager
from each of the manufacturing facilities (Modesto, Gilroy, Las Cruces)
to seek advice and assistance in maintaining the sample inventory.
Work with the department technical document specialists to maintain a
library of the proper paperwork for sample shipments; product
specifications, certificates of origin, phytosanitary certificates,
Work with the department technical document specialists to maintain
correct labeling for all product samples.
Directly supervise two clerks; contribute advice to the department
manager for annual reviews, direct day-to-day work loads and
responsibilities and establish disciplinary measures as needed.
Assists the department manager in maintaining evenly distributed
workloads for 3 to 4 product developers via a dotted line reporting
relationship with the aforementioned developers.
Via a dotted line reporting relationship, provide guidance and
suggestions early in the product development process to the product
developers that will improve delivery of functional product designs.
Contribute guidance and suggestions early in the product development
process to the product developers that will improve delivery of
functional product designs.
Prepare developmental and product specs as applicable.
Other duties as assigned by the department manager.
• MS degree in Food Science,
Biology, Chemistry or related field with 4 to 5 years experience or
BA/BS degree with 6 to 7 years related experience or related level of
• Display a fundamental understanding of food science and how food is
affected through processing including food safety, sanitary design,
• Troubleshooting skill with demonstrated ability to “think on their
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
• Ability to work cross functionally through all internal
departments/divisions within CFI and other ConAgra Groups to garner
their support and enthusiasm.
• Understanding of food systems and ingredient interactions.
• Knowledge of product development process.
• Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
• Proficient in MS Office programs
Knowledgeable in various foods processing equipment.