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Sr. Food Scientist - Meat (Fayetteville, AR) (4481)

Req Id 4481 - Posted 05/22/2012

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Millions of times a day in more than 85% of American households, consumers reach for Pinnacle Foods brands. We are a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, which have been trusted household names for decades. Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, our business employs an average of approximately 4,300 employees.  We are a leader in the shelf stable and frozen foods segments and our brands hold the #1 or #2 market position in 8 out of 12 major category segments in which they compete. Our Duncan Hines Grocery Division manages Leadership brands such as Duncan Hines® baking mixes and frostings, Vlasic® shelf-stable pickles and Mrs. Butterworth's® and Log Cabin® table syrups and Foundation brands such as Armour® canned meats, Brooks® and Nalley® chili and chili ingredients, Comstock® and Wilderness® pie and pastry fillings and Open Pit® barbecue sauces. Our Birds Eye Frozen Division manages Leadership brands such as Birds Eye®, Birds Eye Steamfresh®, C&W®, McKenzie's®, and Fresh like® vegetables, Birds Eye Voila!® complete bagged meals and Van de Kamp's® and Mrs. Paul's® seafood and Foundation brands such as Lender's® bagels, Celeste® pizza, Hungry-Man® dinners and entrées and Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfasts. Our Specialty Foods Division manages Tim's Cascade Snacks®, Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips, Erin’s® Popcorn, Snyder of Berlin® and Husman's® in addition to our food service and private label businesses. Pinnacle Foods is a Top 1000 Company ranked on Fortune Magazine’s 2011 Top 1000 companies list. Further information is available at <> .


Scope of Position:
As part of R&D, the Senior Food Scientist will lead developmental efforts at the Fayetteville manufacturing site, leveraging meat science knowledge to influence the manufacturing process to achieve productivity, quality, and new product objectives.
This individual must be self motivated with strong project management and communication skills with the ability to work across sites in union with other Pinnacle plants leveraging the same technologies.  As part of the plant manager's staff, this individual is responsible for representing R&D at the plant level, and the plant with in R&D.  This individualmust also be able to manage multiple developmental projects simultaneously, ensuring that milestones and deliverables are met.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Identify, develop and validate manufacturing processes leveraging meat science knowledge to achieve productivity, quality, plant and new product objectives.
• Develop and manage timelines for all projects
• Work closely with suppliers to identify potentialproductivity opportunities
• Coordinate and perform line trials at company owned and contract manufacturing locations as needed
• Work closely with equipment  vendors to ensure process capability
• Work closely with manufacturing to ensure that key operational metrics are obtained for productivity and new product startups
• Work closely with R&D cross sites to ensure that key product requirements are identified and delivered leveraging scientific skills
• Generate new ideas for productivity, product improvements, and new products
• Perform lab experiments, pilot and plant trials
•  Initiate and monitor shelf life studies
• Develop process parameters ensuring plant capability
• Work with external testing labs as appropriate
• Ensure that key performance criteria are developed, specified and achieved
• Develop product and process specifications for new and/or existing products
• Prepare and input information into product specification system
• Prepare filings for USDA approvals
• Develop and maintain current and accurate specifications for all products
• Actively participate in multiple cross functionaf project teams
• Serve as the technical expert coordinating between R&D, operations, marketing, finance and procurement
• Interact with all key business partners to ensure that brand initiatives and needs are met
• Lead the productivity efforts across multiple brands and categories
• Lead/participate on productivity teams that contribute to overall company cost saving objects
• Identify, develop, validate and commercialize cost optimized solutions
• Ensure that the cost optimized solutions meet or exceed product safety requirements while maximizing cost savings


Supervisory Responsibilities:
• One food technologist  reports into this position also located at the Fayetteville plant.


• B.S.- Meat Science (or equivalent)
• 7+ years of relevant meat industry experience (new products, formulation, process development)
• Up to 20% travel
Skills Proficiencies
• Proficiency in the use of MS Office software including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
• Knowledge of freezing technologies
• Knowledgeable in ingredient  selection, formulation, processing equipment, and operating conditions
• Extensive technical and theoreticalknowledge of meat science and manufacturing processes
• Exceptional problem solving skills
• Ability to make good decisions based on factual data, past experience, and common  sense.
• Strong project management skills
• Understands and uses design of experiment techniques
• Ability to manage multiple projects and still meet critical project milestones
• Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) and the ability to interact with all company functions


Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All openings will be filled based on the qualifications without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, sponsor, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or as a veteran of the Vietnam Era.  All applicants are invited to complete the Affirmative Action Supplement.

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