Job Title

Principle Food Safety Engineer – Omaha, NE

Research and Development



Full Time

Lead and define the development, implementation, monitoring, and continuous improvement of food safety systems to ensure ConAgra facilities are operating in compliance with all applicable (Federal and State) regulatory requirements. Serve as processing expert across ConAgra. Manage processing staff of 2 to 3 people in the food safety processing group.

  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.

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

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

  Ensure ConAgra remains compliant with the latest State and Federal (FDA & USDA) regulations pertaining to food processing and packaging.

  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.

  Assist R&D teams in Process Development, Thermal processing and Packaging to assure food safety and quality.

  BS 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.

  Understanding of product development and plant processing and operations

  Skilled at simplified experimental design

  Extensive knowledge of process engineering and processing equipment

  Exceptional 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.

  Exposure to theory and practice of food preservation processes

  Sound 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.”

  Networking capability across industry and academia here and internationally.

  Ability to work with other ConAgra Groups to garner their support and enthusiasm.

  Budgeting, financial analysis skills.


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