Sr Food Scientist

ConAgra Foods (
Defense Contracting


  Full Time   Employee

United States

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Position Summary:  Lead 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 food science and technology.  Execute research to establish specifications and process requirements for wide range of food items used in all products using comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the properties of both food products and finished consumer products, namely:

  • An in-depth knowledge of the attributes of the 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 Supply Chain to be efficient in manufacturing; and
  • Knowledge of competitive set for each ConAgra Foods line of business.
  • Development and commercialization of food items, working within and outside of ConAgra Foods plants, to meet specifications established above.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Independently develops technical work plans and executes projects.
  • Being a leader in working with external venders for identification and evaluation of new food ingredients and/or processes for use in the manufacture of ConAgra Foods’ products.
  • 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.
  • Leadership in defining 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 Consumer Based Specifications for formula,  processing and raw ingredient specifications
  • Apply knowledge of technical field of work and maintain awareness of technical development in field
  • 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


Position Requirements:

  • BS in Food Science or related field required, MS or PhD in Food Science is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles of scientific investigation and constitution suited to the practice of diligent observation.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well and to effectively interact with, and influence others to accomplish goals.
  • Frequent travel including flying to all parts of the U.S., possibly overseas.
  • Proven ability to trust and rely on others, to display can do attitude even when going gets rough, and to continually be personally accountable.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 60 lbs. on a regular basis.
  • Driving a company or rental automobile 4 – 6 hours as needed.
  • Use of pilot plant equipment.
  • Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended work days to include:  loud noise, heat, cold, wet and slippery conditions.
  • Ability to move safely and freely around machinery in both manufacturing and pilot plants.






ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

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To apply for this job, contact:
Phil Ziolkowski

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