Development Chef

ConAgra Foods (
Defense Contracting


  Full Time   Employee

United States

Build your career at ConAgra Foods.  At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-paced workplace.

Job Summary:  This position will support the ConAgra Foods culinary team from ideation, commercialization, and education to sell in with the customer.  Priority areas of support will include identifying and educating the organization on current/future food trends, drive a food forward culture and support internal and external corporate events. The position will also assist with new product development projects and will work closely with a cross functional team to bring innovation to life.


Position Responsibilities


  • Participate & contribute in cross-functional teams to drive new product innovation
  • Act as the culinary expert for corporate events, trends presentations, and product innovation
  • Drive innovation through culinary research on all platforms, including trends within food industry, menu development, restaurants and in-market analysis
  • Identify and communicate food trends and bring these trends to life across the organization through tasting, presentations, etc.
  • Support various groups including sales, marketing, communications, regulatory, supply chain and procurement on culinary focused initiatives to provide the proper culinary lenses to drive the success of these projects
  • Execute culinary cuttings with key stakeholders including ConAgra Foods Senior Leadership team and external customers
  • Supports all corporate events, internal and external, that the ConAgra Foods culinary team leads





  • Associates Degree in Culinary Arts or Science required; Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts or Science or related field preferred
  • Strong culinary background and skills required; restaurant experience preferred
  • Ability to identify food trends and bring to life with food experiences 
  • Experience on front end innovation; particularly in culinary design preferred
  • Experience in trends identification and development
  • A minimum of 3 years related experience in a restaurant kitchen
  • Basic understanding of food science and technical application
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Analytical & logical problem solving ability
  • Ability to travel up to 20% to support operating groups and customer needs
  • Ability to collaborate with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at one time
  • Sound time management skills
  • Sound creative ability


Physical Requirements:

Incumbent must have the ability to effectively perform all of the following physical demands without assistance:

  • Ability to safely and comfortably lift 25 pounds frequently, up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Ability to stand and work on feet for extended periods of time up to 8 hours.
  • Work in a kitchen setting on various surface types.
  • Exposure to microwaves and testing equipment.






This position description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation.  As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.


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.

Research and Development

To apply for this job, contact:
Phil Ziolkowski

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