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Food Scientist - Food Service/Frozen Meals

Conagra Brands

Conagra Brands

Omaha, NE, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

We are looking for a Food Scientist to join our team in Omaha, Nebraska!

As a Food Scientist, reporting to the R&D Manager on our Food Service Frozen Meals team, you will work on innovation and product development for our frozen multi-serve meals for our internal brands as well as key national accounts. You will research, conduct experiments, gather data, develop preliminary findings and prepare written reports for the development of new products beginning at conception through successful commercialization. You will drive project timelines, create technical proposals and reports, and make recommendations.

Located along the Missouri River, our Omaha office is within walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants. Join us for yoga or strength training classes offered at the onsite fitness center. Conagra's R&D facilities in Omaha are state of the art, including a large super lab, open benchtop space for prototype development, a top-of-the-line culinary kitchen, and a 50,000 square foot pilot plant.

What you'll do in this role:

  • 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

  • Drive product cuttings, plant trials, and testing

  • Maintains a clean, organized and safe work area, including the cleaning of equipment, utensils and work surfaces

What you'll need to be successful:

  • BS in Food Science or related field.

  • 3+ years of relevant work experience

  • 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

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects.

  • Demonstrate ability to communicate well and to effectively influence and interact with others to accomplish research goals

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software

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

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.

This role is typically in the office Mon - Thursdays with some flexibility. Fridays are usually 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. We will also provide a 3% non-elective contribution to your account regardless of your participation (that's 9%)!




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 pay, incentive opportunity, matching 401(k) and stock purchase plan
  • Growth: online courses, virtual and classroom development experiences
  • Balance: 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 www.conagrabrands.com.

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.