Principal Development Scientist - Military veterans preferred

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:
Provides technical expertise and leadership in Research and Development projects and technology initiatives. Independently conceives, plans, and conducts research to influence scientific knowledge and technological developments. Assesses feasibility and soundness of proposed experimental approaches, techniques, or equipment. Carries out complex or novel assignment requirements and the development of new and/or improved techniques and procedures. Supervises 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.
Position Responsibilities:
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
Review experimental reports as expert
Conceptualize and develop new products prototypes
Manage individual tasks and works under limited supervision
Drive product cuttings, plant trials, and testing
Drive long term planning and product strategy
Teach and mentor other food scientists
Manage other food scientists or technologists
Position Requirements:
MS in Food Science plus 7 years of relevant work experience.
PhD in Food Science or related field plus 5 years work experience
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
Demonstrate exceptional competence in a basic technology needed to meet business strategy and serve as technical expert for the corporation and company on decisions which impact the business
People management experience required
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
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.