Specialist

  • location: Des Plaines, IL
  • type: Contract
  • salary: $32 per hour
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Specialist

Contract position: We are searching for an Associate Product Developer in the Chicago, IL area(northwest) to work for a leading food company. This is a contract position expected to last a year and could be longer.

Responsibilities for the Specialist
  • Contribute to the brand's profitable growth and overall success, with a focus on assortment optimization and product evaluation of the overall US Foods' portfolio.
  • Use strong technical expertise, portfolio analysis and insight to identify areas for innovation or consolidation, claims/nutritional potential, improved profitability, and matches to existing products.
  • Commercialize products by working closely with internal and external stakeholders including manufacturers.
  • Ensure products meet brand standards in regards to sensory, ingredient, nutritional and product attributes.
  • Maintain solid technical and business understanding of the competitive set, and emerging technology to help identify opportunity areas for technical point of difference in US Foods' products.
Requirements for the Specialist

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in food science. Meat science, or animal science, agribusiness may also be acceptable depending on categories.
  • 2+ years experience in product development of consumer packaged goods, retail or foodservice industry.
  • Prior experience in product development including refinement of specification and leading the process of plant trials.
  • Project management experience required.
  • Strong sensory evaluation and analysis skills and ability to compile data obtained through sensory analysis and specification comparisons
Benefits

  • Medical, Dental, PTO, etc.
Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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