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Research and Development Food Scientist – Minneapolis, MN


Functional Area(s): Research & Development

Lead R&D projects and develop new products for key business unit. Work in a hands-on environment across a broad spectrum of activities, including new product strategy, concept development, product formulation, process development, scale-up and plant start-ups.


This important role supporting a dynamic and growing business unit involves collaborating with cross-functional teams to optimize product and process development initiatives and prepare new products for launch. Projects will include those requiring thermal processing. Assume the roles of innovator, project leader, and technical problem-solver as you team with Marketing, Marketing Research, Manufacturing and Engineering professionals. Together, you are accountable for expanding new product businesses and making major product improvements.

In this role you will:
• Lead multiple new product development initiatives – short and long term.
• Collaborate with business unit and technical cross-functional teams, as well as external partners, to meet project goals.
• Lead pilot plant and manufacturing plant trials, to optimize products and thermal processes.
• Direct and supervise an R&D technician and their projects.
• Develop and use project management techniques to define and guide pipeline innovation process.
• Maintain effective documentation including technical plans, experimental design, and new specification creation.
• Additional duties as assigned.

• Masters degree or Ph.D. degree in Food Science
• Minimum 4 years related product development experience in the food industry
• Willingness to travel (approx.. 10% , varies based on projects)
• Demonstrated knowledge in food science and processing
• Experience with thermally processed products required
• Demonstrated project management skills and strong interpersonal skills to lead cross-functional teams
• Demonstrated skills in managing numerous projects concurrently and adaptability to changing business needs
• Demonstrated leadership and initiative, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
• Demonstrated skills in developing effective external partnerships to deliver business needs
• Ability to influence R&D and other functions

• Strong Technical Skills
• Desire to Lead
• Collaborative, Strong Interpersonal Skills
• Bias for Results, High Energy
• Innovative

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: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Job ID: 51398569

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