Food Scientist - Meat

Conagra Brands (


  Full Time   Employee

United States

Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact culture in food. Our people persistently challenge and disrupt marketplace/business conventions and we are respected for our great brands, great food, great margins and consistent results. Conagra Brands, be part of building something BIG.
Position Summary: Under limited supervision researches, gathers data, develops preliminary findings and prepares written reports for the development of new meat products beginning at conception through successful commercialization. Contributes to the creation, maintenance, and review of integrated recipes for new or existing items that include: specifications, materials, formulas, equipment, quality and process information for R&D, plant, co-packers and suppliers. Develops project timelines, creates technical proposals, reports and makes recommendations. Execute research to establish specifications and process requirements for meat items using knowledge of the properties of both meat products and finished consumer products, namely:
An in-depth knowledge of the attributes of the meat 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 Conagra Supply Chain to be efficient in manufacturing; and
Knowledge of competitive set for meat snacks category
Development and commercialization of meat items, working within and outside of Conagra plants, to meet specifications established above.
Position Responsibilities:
Lead new and existing shelf stable product development initiatives for the Slim Jim and Penrose brands.
Formulate products to achieve nutritional profile, ingredient statement, and product attributes of the target product.
Processes product recipe changes and maintain accurate records of change.
Develop finished product and manufacturing process specifications using SAP, Oracle, and other programs as needed.
Develops plan to collect analytical data to support NLEA Labeling requirements, and implements nutritional labeling claims or certification processes as needed on new or existing products.
Build and deliver against product development schedules in order to meet project timelines.
Conduct plant trials and new product start-ups independently.
Collaborate with cross functional team including processing, marketing, finance, packaging and brand design, procurement, and manufacturing.
Position Requirements:
BS in Food Science or related field required.
Minimum 4 years experience
Experience in Product Development or related field at a food company required
Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Products.
Good understanding of food industry standards of quality and food safety, and FDA regulations.
Ability to independently manage project work.
Demonstrate ability to communicate well and to effectively influence and interact with others to accomplish research goals.
Up to 25% travel including flying in US, possibly overseas. Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible Conagra Brands representative.
Conagra Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.


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