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Sr. Scientist II - Ingredient Systems Downers Grove, IL


Job Summary:

As an integral member of our Research & Development team reporting to the Director of Emerging Technologies, this position will be recognized as a technical leader in meat product innovation. The individual brings a proven combination of innovative thinking, be an expert in the development and application of savory flavor and functional ingredient systems for meat products, and exhibit business acumen to drive delivery of best-in-class products to the marketplace.

Technical background is well rounded to actively support all aspects of food product development from concept/protocept, through feasibility, scale-up, commercialization and optimization. Ability to translate paper concepts and culinary gold standards into commercial products is essential. This individual possesses proven project management skills and ability to participate on and sometimes lead cross- functional teams focused on innovative product development. .

The Sr. Scienitst II- Ingredient Systems will work closely with Product and Process Development Scientists, Culinary, Sensory and Wellness & Nutrition, Food Safety, Procurement, Consumer Insights and Brand Marketing. The individual serves as the Hillshire Brands representative to external partners including suppliers, and industry groups.

Responsibilities & Duties:

Support R&D objectives to achieve innovation financial targets for Retail and Food Service and ensure excellent execution of innovation platforms as measured by achieving success metrics on consumer test overall liking and in-market repeat purchase through the delivery of products with ehanced eating experience.

Develop savory flavor and functional ingredient systems for use in processed meat products.

Serve as a change agent for the product development process by emphasizing up front culinary gold standards.

Partner with Culinary to translate the gold standards to commercially viable flavors and seasonings

Serve as liaison to manage key partner suppliers and facilitate discussions with the product development scientists delivering faster time to market.

Drive flavor and seasoning partners to unlock and leverage the full range of supplier capabilities.

Apply new and emerging technologies to deliver innovative product platforms

Ensure protection and ownership of proprietary formulas.

Partner with Procurement to drive cost efficiency in flavor and seasoning ingredients.

Design experiments and actively support bench and/or plant trials

Anticipate and solve technical hurdles associated with new product development, scale-up and commercialization

Communicate project recommendations, status and findings to R&D management.

As required, present technical presentations on savory flavor and functional ingredient systems to internal and external audiences


MS in Food Science, Meat Science, Chemistry

10+ years savory flavor system development with expert knowledge in flavor and functional food ingredients.

5+ years meat processing experience

Demonstrated capability to develop and deliver to the market innovative meat products.

Demonstrated project management skills and cross-functional leadership capabilities.


Hillshire Brands focuses on providing meat-centric food products that satisfy consumer appetites and offer exceptional quality and value. The flagship brands of our reinvigorated company include Ball Park, Gallo Salame, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean and State Fair. In addition, the company produces the well-loved Sara Lee frozen desserts. The Hillshire Brands foodservice division serves our portfolio of products to restaurants, schools, convenience stores, healthcare facilities, hospitality venues and other food service operations. Collectively, these brands generate approximately $4 billion in revenue as they touch millions of consumers in North America.

At Hillshire Brands, we believe that careers are as unique as individuals. That's why we offer employment opportunities that give you ownership of your career. All employees have a voice, and your ideas are valued. As an employee of the company, your individual contributions will make a significant impact on our overall success. Our organization benefits from the passion of individuals working together, so as an employee of Hillshire Brands you will have an opportunity to further develop your skills, gain new experiences and build new capabilities.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer



Research & Development

Primary Location

US-IL-Downers Grove (Metro Chicago)



Education Level

Master's Degree

Job Level



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