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Associate Food Scientist

Research and Development



Full Time

Support and assist with the assessment, development and commercialization of ingredients, products and process for ConAgra Mills. This position will work with direct supervision in order to develop the practical and critical skills necessary to develop and transition projects from ideation to commercialization. This position will focus on helping build the science to support the critical transformations within manufacturing processes and to develop performance based specifications for the raw materials, processes and products. The work will be focused on innovative processes and products designed for profitability, operability, speed, and vertical start up for the Mills business.

  Learn and apply the Methodology of Product/Process/Package Development (MOPD).

  Develop and define manufacturing processes for new ingredients and products, while meeting process, quality, and cost objectives.

  Define and measure the physical, chemical, and biological transformations that occur to produce new ingredients and products.

  Complete project objectives under the direction of supervisor.

  Coordinate and execute experiments, pilot and plant trials and analytical testing and record, summarize and report results.

  Review and analyze results of experiments to provide process recommendations.

  Prepare results for review with guidance of supervisor and present findings to management.

  Develop prototypes that deliver project objectives.

  Assist in scale-up and start up production.

  Assist in providing technical leadership on projects as required.

  Maintain accurate and complete records using approved data-recording system.

  Monitor new scientific findings, new products and consumer trends within the food industry.

  Maintain flexibility in learning and finding new ways of doing work.

  Research prior art to ensure that R&D efforts are unique.

  Participate in and/or coordinate technical meetings by suppliers, universities, etc. in areas of technical, functional or clinical significance related to projects or for knowledge acquisition.

  BS Chemical, Mechanical, or Food Engineering or Milling Science (engineering option) required. MS preferred.

  Minimum of 1 year related experience or internship history desired

  Experience with process technology documentation, including Process Flow Sheets, Instrumentation Diagrams, Mass and Energy Balances, and Process Control Strategies

  Experience with process technology including but not limited to mixing and blending, grinding, particle separation, flow control, temperature regulation, heat exchangers, homogenizers, and CIP systems preferred.

  Knowledge of designed experiments methodologies

  Proficient at Microsoft office programs including Word, Excel and Power Point and experience using SharePoint sites is preferred.

  Experience using a lab notebook

  Sound communication skills (both verbal and nonverbal) and the ability to present effectively to leadership.

  Basic understanding of project management

  Ability to collaborate cross-functionally

  Demonstrate strong leadership (Interpersonal, Team, Organizational) and decision making skills

  Structured problem solving skills, including Six Sigma and other problem solving models preferred

  Technical judgment and prioritization skills

  Ability to develop a strong resource network while further enhancing close relationships with cross-functional work partners.



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