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Food Stability Scientist – Golden Valley, MN


Functional Area(s): Research & Development

Job Description: Generate food shelf life and storage insights to drive key product and packaging decisions for business teams. Identify optimum project approach using consultation, scientific data, research, and mathematical modeling. Design and manage storage test strategies for knowledge discovery.


• Lead Platform Storage Quality efforts to ensure understanding of consumer end-use quality by business teams. Collaborate with internal technical partners including Analytical physical testing, Microbiology, Product and Packaging R&D, Technical Services, Sensory Scientists/Engineers, plus external partners.
• Work directly with internal customers and business teams including Shared Services, R&D, Quality, Marketing, Consumer Insights and external partners to lead and execute projects.
• Consult, design, and manage storage studies to meet business needs and enhance product foundational knowledge.
• Create, modify, and apply predictive models to address business needs.
• Interpret test results in context of project objectives and foundational learning in terms of product key attributes, quality measures, and consumer expectations.
• Communicate insights to clients/project teams and recommend next steps.
• Develop platform specific foundational knowledge based on project results and disseminate to pertinent teams.
• Advocate for the application of product foundational knowledge and brand protection for product development teams.
• Train R&D, Packaging and QRO on storage quality theory and best practices.
• Lead food stability, shelf life and storage strategy development and implementation.
• Thoroughly understand key product attribute targets and ranges and the application to product specifications for implementation in plant performance and management tracking systems (MQIS). Communicate product variation insights and findings to clients/project teams and recommends next steps.
• Maintains professional growth in the field.
• Additional duties as assigned.


• MS degree in Food Science and Technology or Chemistry; or BS degree in Chemical Engineering, Packaging, or Material Science.
• Minimum 3 years experience with food science, material science, and/or chemistry.
• Preferred experience focusing on chemistry and mechanisms relating to ingredient/material and environmental condition interrelationships that influence the storage quality of food products.
• Strong problem solving skills.
• Strong applied math skills; including regression methods, design of experiments, and multivariate analysis techniques.
• Experience designing statistical experiments, and demonstrated ability to communicate insights derived from technical data to business project teams.
• LIMS software knowledge preferred.
• Ability to apply pertinent information from broad range of disciplines, including Food Chemistry, Food Physical Chemistry, Food Engineering, Microbiology, Sensory Science, and Statistics.
• Must be able to interact effectively with internal R&D clients and business unit project teams.
• Strong influence skills to effectively interpret and communicate product insights; excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal effectiveness.
• Ability to leverage and collaborate with other technical resources and leverage existing foundational data (Labware) to effectively lead multiple projects.
• Strong prioritization skills.

Our Brands. Your Legacy.

Great brands start with the people that make them great. One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Hδagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Yoplait and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2011 global net sales of US$14.9 billion.


We seek out the best of the best and give them development, support and the chance to lead something big. If you’re ready to fulfill your potential, consider sharing your talents with the outstanding people of General Mills. You will work with legendary brands, nourish people around the world, and start building your own legacy.

Location: Golden Valley, MN, US

Job ID: 51257115

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