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 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-manufacuring and suppliers. Develops project timelines, creates technical proposals, reports and makes recommendations. Must be able to work both independently or with a team.
Lead new and existing snacks product development initiatives.
Formulate products to achieve cost targets, 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.
BS in Food Science or related field required.
2-4 years relevant experience
3-4 years work experience in food technology or foodservice is a plus
Extrusion experience preferred
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 & USDA 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, Inc. representative.
Exposure to manufacturing processes and equipment for periodic extended workdays.
Driving a company or rental automobile
Use of tools, equipment, and machinery
Walking, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
Walking and/or standing on various surface types
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
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.