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Principal Development Scientist

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Company :
ConAgra Foods

Location :
Omaha, Nebraska

Expiry Date :
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 23:59:59 GMT

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Position Summary: The Principal Development Scientist provides technical expertise and leadership on the Maximizing Value and Productivity (MVP) Team, a strategic cost function of the R & D organization.You independently conceive, plan, and conduct research to influence scientific knowledge and technological developments. You will assess feasibility and soundness of proposed experimental approaches, techniques, or equipment. You carry out complex or novel assignment requirements and the development of new and/or improved techniques and procedures, 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. This position can be located in either Omaha, NE or Chicago, IL. 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 – Exhibit leadership and proactive attitudes in approaching technical solutions to business and market issues – Ability to independently manage project work, handle multiple projects simultaneously – Demonstrate ability to communicate well and to effectively influence and interact with others to accomplish research goals – Great presentation skills, both oral and written, as well asnegotiating skills for conflict resolution – Great relationship skills, both internally and externally, to achieve strong partnership and collaboration – 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 preferred 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 #LI-AB1 SF-GD Our 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 insurance Wealth: great salaries, matching 401(k) and stock purchase plan Growth: online courses, virtual and classroom development experiences Balance: paid-time off , flexible work-schedules Our Company Conagra Brands is one ofNorth America’sleading branded food companies. We have a rich heritage of making great food, and a team thats 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 . 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.