Sr Food Scientist - Snacks and Seasonings Specialist - Military veterans preferred

2018-10-26
Conagra Brands (http://www.conagrabrands.com/careers)
Other

/yr

  full-time   employee


Omaha
Nebraska
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
Provide technical expertise and leadership to functional groups across all companies in order to directly influence the achievement of business objectives. Researches, conducts experiments, gathers data, develops preliminary findings and prepares written reports for the development of new products beginning at conception through successful commercialization. Supervise technical activities of other professionals and specialists with complete project accountability, assuring effective execution of assigned projects. Drives project timelines, creates technical proposals and reports, and makes recommendations.
These are newly created positions to support top Grocery/Snacks priorities, growth aspirations of our salty snack brands, and focus on longer-term commitment to creating differentiated snacks for the enterprise.
Position Responsibilities
Act as an intermediary between all strategic flavor houses, learning about improvements in seasoning technology and application techniques
Active role in seasoning blend development and application to different snackbase materials knowledge is a must
Develop new products beginning at the concept phase through successful commercialization
Design and conduct plant trials and new product start-ups
Plan, prioritize, and complete tasks effectively and efficiently
Creates product development schedules that are required to meet project timelines
Maintain accurate and complete records
Work with pilot plant equipment
Learn and utilize on-line specification system
Design and execute experiments and prepare results for review
Conceptualize and develop new products prototypes
Manages individual tasks and works under limited supervision
Drive product cuttings, plant trials, and testing
Maintains a clean, organized, and safe work area, including the cleaning of equipment, utensils and work surfaces
Manage other food scientists or technologists
Position Requirements
BS in Food Science. MS preferred
2 to 3 years’ flavor creation experience under senior staff supervision
3 to 5 years’ prominent flavors & fragrance house experience
Knowledge of basic flavor raw materials and regulations governing the flavor and food industries
Knowledge of basic flavor creation processes and procedures e.g. spray drying, making emulsions, plating, dry blending, etc
Thorough understanding of food science
Exhibit leadership and proactive attitudes in approaching technical solutions to business and market issues
Ability to independently manage project work.
Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
Demonstrate ability to communicate well and to effectively influence and interact with others to accomplish research goals
Great negotiating skills when working through conflict resolution
Great presentation skills, both oral and written
Proficient with Microsoft Office software
Problem solving skills
Great relationship skills, both internally and externally, to achieve strong partnership and collaboration
Demonstrated project management skills
Requires knowledge in food product design, formulation, ingredient functionality and interaction, process design, product scale-up, plant testing and commercialization
Good understanding of food industry standards of quality and foods safety, and FDA regulations.
Experience with government regulatory requirements in the processing of food
Physical Requirements
Work in and around cramped/confined spaces
Climbing to various heights via stairs or ladders
Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended work days to include: loud noise, excessive heat, cold, wet, and slippery conditions.
Use of tools, equipment, and machinery
Driving a company or rental vehicle for up to 6 hours as needed
May travel up to 30% of time. Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible CAG representative.
Exposure to food tasting and smells including all food allergens
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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.