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Food Scientist

Research and Development



Full Time

Drive projects across all ConAgra Foods business platforms to contribute significantly, directly, and continually to the attainment of business results through the generation and application of advanced specialized knowledge in meat technology. Execute research to establish specifications for meat items used in all products using comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the properties of both meat products and finished consumer products, namely:

  An in-depth knowledge of the attributes of the meat product manufactured;

  Knowledge of raw material components, their variability, and synergistic effects on finished product;

  Knowledge of those product attributes that vary during production;

  Knowledge of the relationship between production variability and consumer acceptance

  Identification of the tolerable limits (levels/intensities) of product variability, in each attribute, which provide expected consumer acceptance and allow CFF meals plants to be efficient in manufacturing; and

  Knowledge of competitive set for each ConAgra Foods line of business.

  Development and commercialization of meat items, working within and outside of ConAgra Foods plants, to meet specifications established above.

  Independently develops technical work plans and executes projects.

  Drives both long and short-term projects to identify and study critical variables we can use to improve current, and create new products.

  Recommend and champion changes to current products to achieve opportunities for competitive market advantage and improvement of consistency to the consumer.

  Adhere to project timelines ensuring projects proceed according to plan

  Provide sound data to support business decisions

  Coordinate and execute pilot and plant trials and product start-ups

  Develop and issue Fit For Use, Consumer Based Specifications, processing and raw ingredient specifications

  Apply knowledge of technical field of work and maintain awareness of technical development in field

  Assist with identification and development of ideas for technology improvements / cost savings

  Prepares and present technical reports/results, both written and oral, to associates, peers and occasionally to management with clear, concise topline summary/abstract

  Cost structure and business objectives comprehension

  Execution of management plans.

  BS in Food Science or related field required, MS preferred.

  Minimum of 2 years work experience.

  Knowledge of meat, poultry, or further processed experience preferred.

  Effective understanding of principles of scientific investigation and constitution suited to the practice of diligent observation.

  Demonstrate ability to communicate well and to effectively interact with, and influence others to accomplish goals.

  Ability to travel up to 20% of the time.

  Proven ability to trust and rely on others, to display can do attitude even when going gets rough, and to continually be personally accountable.



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