ConAgra Foods

Sr Food Scientist - Carol Stream, IL

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Not Specified


Carol Stream Illinois USA

Job ID:

21831BR-Carol Stream,Illinois (ConAgra Foods Job ID)

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Job Summary

This position requires a majority of time supporting the Sara Lee R&D Center on behalf of Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings to develop seasoning blends and flavors for use in meat, poultry and savory applications. Work will take place on-site at Sara Lee, and from the Spicetec plant. The position also requires development work to support other Spicetec initiatives, which will be conducted from the Spicetec plant. This position will support testing from bench top to scale up, and coordinate sensory evaluation of the ingredients in the finished product. This role works directly with the Sara Lee’s R&D team as well as Spicetec’s R&D Team to provide flavor and applications expertise, assist in project management efforts and provide cost effective flavor systems with the highest possible quality and consumer acceptance. This position is responsible for initial development of the blend/flavor system through to commercialization. It is also responsible for understanding the customer’s business and marketing strategy and working with the Spicetec team to proactively drive innovation through new blends, flavors and food applications. The role is approximately 50% bench top work, 25% pilot plant work and 25% computer/paperwork.

Position Responsibilities

  Formulate new seasoning blends and modify existing seasoning blends/flavor systems and evaluate the blends in finished product.

  Make seasoning samples for projects and pilot plant analysis.

  Support sensory panels by making finished product samples, cooking products and attending panels.

  Support scale up of new blends including process, specifications, plant trials, shelf testing, product start-up, and troubleshooting.

  Support continuous improvement new ingredients/technologies for effective development, cost optimization, quality improvement or processing efficiencies.

Position Qualifications

  BS in Food Science or a related field required and minimum 5 years seasoning experience.

  Focused experience in development and application of seasoning blends and flavors.

  Ability to adapt to current computer systems (i.e. computer support in SAP, common Microsoft system applications, and unique ConAgra systems).

  Ability to work with and assist SL R&D on bench top, pilot plant, and plant trials.

  Ability to bring forward innovative and creative ideas to Sara Lee R&D and Procurement for the idea to be jointly validated.

  Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and work with little supervision.

  Ability to work independently with selected outside suppliers.

  Excellent organization, time management, and project management skills.

  Ability to work well with others and as part of a team.

  Ability to travel independently, up to 10-15% of time, and as a responsible ConAgra Foods representative.

  Ability to work in hot & cold environments.

  Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.


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