Senior Food Scientist in Omaha NE

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Conagra Brands
Title: 
Senior Food Scientist
Date: 
01/23/2023
Job ID: 
021428
Location: 
Omaha NE
Degree: 
Not Specified
Salary: 
Not Specified
Job Types:
Food Technol/Scientist, R&D/Product Dev Manager
We are looking for a Senior Food Scientist to join our R&D team in Omaha, Nebraska! Located along the Missouri River, our Omaha office is within walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants. Conagra's Omaha R&D facilities are state of the art and house team members who are enthusiastic foodies who bring product insights and trends to life.

As a Senior Food Scientist, reporting to the Manager of Frozen Innovation, you will draw upon your expertise in food development/design to create innovative products for the future from conceptualization to commercialization. You will unleash the brand potential of Birds Eye and Birds Eye Viola using demand insights and culinary trends to bring ideas to life. You will collaborate with a team of cross functional partners to assist in the creation of great food and contribute to the high impact culture showing your passion for food and team connectivity.

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
  • Conceptualize and develop new products prototypes
  • Manages individual tasks and works under limited supervision
  • Drive product cuttings, plant trials, and testing
  • Maintains a clean, organized, and safe work area, including the cleaning of equipment, utensils and work surfaces
  • Manage other food scientists or technologists


Position Requirements
  • BS in Food Science. MS preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant 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 scaleup, 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


Physical Requirements
  • Work in and around cramped/confined spaces
  • Climbing to various heights via stairs or ladders.
  • Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended workdays 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.

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 some combination of days Monday - Thursday (with remote flexibility those days) and 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%)!

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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.
Job Location Information
City: Omaha
County: Douglas
Populaton: 478,192
Public Transit: Public bus transportation is provided by Metro Area Transit (MAT), which operates routes in Omaha, Council Bluffs, Bellevue, Papillion, Ralston, Boys Town, Carter Lake, La Vista, and Northeast Sarpy County. MAT schedules morning and evening express service; reduced fares for students and senior and handicapped passengers are available.
Cost of Living: March 2019 cost of living index in Omaha: 89.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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