Req/Posting Title

Food Product Development Scientist – Minneapolis, MN

Target HQ

Food Product Development + Quality Assurance

Minneapolis, Minnesota


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As a Food Product Development Scientist, you will be responsible for managing vendor-based development of Target’s Owned Brands products, Archer Farms and Market Pantry. Your responsibilities include creating guest focus 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. Your work includes the entire product life cycle, from new products to ongoing product improvements and maintenance.

See Yourself:


  • Developing/Creating concepts and recipes that replicate items identified in conjunction with business strategy
  • Researching food trends and industry information through publication, trend shows, restaurants, and vendor partnerships
  • Evaluating products and packaging submitted by vendors against national brands, product benchmarks or Target prototypes or requirements
  • Conducting product sensory evaluations and product performance evaluations
  • Ensuring products to be commercialized are consistent with Target brand strategies
  • Participating in and/or leads Private Label Team product evaluations, facilitate decision making and identification of next steps
  • Working directly with vendors to request product samples, inform them of specific Target requirements, obtain technical information, provide technical direction and guidance, and resolve issues
  • Documenting and summarizing all product sensory and performance evaluations as well as Private Label Development Team evaluations and decisions
  • Contributing to the development, review and approval of the product specification
  • Conducting first production run evaluations of all new products for compliance to specification and overall approval
  • Assisting with product improvements and the on-going maintenance of commercialized products

Reporting/Working Relationships



  • Private Label Buying Team
  • Food Category Buyers
  • Food Quality & Safety Team
  • Packaging




  • Vendors & Brokers
  • Consultants & Contractors

This position reports to the Manager, Food Product Development

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements:


  • 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

Desired Requirements:


  • M.S. in Food Science
  • Chain restaurant experience

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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