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Food Scientist

Company: Conagra Brands
Location: Chicago
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

We are looking for Food Scientist for our MVP Food Design (snacks) group to join our R&D Team in Chicago! Located in the heart of downtown Chicago along the Chicago River, our Center for Food Design is a unique and exciting space filled with state-of-the-art facilities and a team of enthusiastic foodies that help bring food product insights and trends to life. As the Food Scientist, reporting to the R&D Manager, you will work with our snacks portfolio such as baking products, popcorn/salty snacks, hot chocolate, and pudding snacks, to find efficiencies and synergies in materials, find ingredient alternatives, optimize formulas, and enhance ingredient functionality. As a part of the Maximizing Value and Productivity (MVP) Team, a strategic cost function of the R&D organization, you will be a significant contributor to finding cost savings for these products as well as doing bench work to find ingredient solutions, conduct plant trials, and communicate findings and recommendations to leadership and cross functional partners.Position Responsibilities:Design and conduct plant trials and new product start-upsAbility to find ingredient alternatives, optimize formulas, and enhance ingredient functionality for cost savings.Plan, prioritize and complete tasks effectively and efficientlyCreates product development schedules that are required to meet project timelines.Maintain accurate and complete recordsWork with pilot plant equipment under limited supervisionLearn and utilize on-line specification systemDesign and execute experiments and prepare results for reviewConceptualize and develop new products prototypes.Drive product cuttings, plant trials, and testingPosition Requirements:Bachelors in Food Science or related field.3+ years of relevant work experienceRequires knowledge in food product design, formulation, ingredient functionality and interaction, process design, product scale-up, plant testing and commercialization.Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneouslyGood understanding of food industry standards of quality and foods safety, and FDA regulations.Physical Requirements:Work in and around cramped/confined spaces.Climbing to various heights via stairs or laddersExposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended workdays to include loud noise, excessive heat, cold, wet, and slippery conditions.Use of tools, equipment, and machineryDriving a company or rental vehicle for up to 6 hours as neededMay 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.We require applicants for this role to be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring employer sponsorship either now or in the future.Our Modern Workplace:Conagra's culture of collaboration enhances our ability to meet critical business goals, deliver value to customers and consumers and provide you with the flexibility you need to achieve a better work-life balance. We carefully consider each role and how often each team member needs to collaborate in-person. This position is usually in the office Monday - Thursday (with some remote flexibility those days). Fridays are remote.Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, 15 vacation days, 6 additional days off and 10 paid holidays. Check out our 401k plan too! Conagra will match 100% up to the first 6% of pay you save. The company will also provide a 3% non-elective contribution to your account regardless of your participation (that's 9%)! #LI-MH1#LI-HYBRID#LI-ASSOCIATEOur Benefits:We care about your total well-being and will support you with the following, subject to your location and role:Health: Medical, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life, accident and disability insuranceWealth: great pay, incentive opportunity, matching 401(k) and stock purchase planGrowth: online courses, virtual and classroom development experiencesBalance: paid-time off, parental leave, flexible work-schedules (subject to your location and role)Our Company:Conagra Brands is one of North America's leading branded food companies. We have a rich heritage of making great food, and a team that's passionate about innovation and growth. Conagra offers choices for every occasion through iconic brands, such as Birds Eye--, Marie Callender's--, Banquet--, Healthy Choice--, Slim Jim--, Reddi-wip--, and Vlasic--, and emerging brands, including Angie's-- BOOMCHICKAPOP--, Duke's--, Earth Balance--, Gardein--, and Frontera--.We pride ourselves on having the most impactful, energized and inclusive culture in the food industry. For more information, visit 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.

Keywords: Conagra Brands, Chicago , Food Scientist, Other , Chicago, Illinois

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