US Foods Associate Product Developer, Produce in Rosemont, Illinois

Job Description:

Basic Purpose-

Description-

Contribute to the definition of brand standards in regards to ingredient, nutritional and product attributes.

Contribute to Exclusive Brands profitable growth and overall success, with focus on new offering innovation, and aligned with overall US Foods' strategy.

Use strong technical expertise, portfolio analysis and insight to identify areas for innovation, claims/nutritional potential, improved profitability.

Collaborate with Category Management, Marketing, Food Safety & Quality, and other functions to drive project potential and assure aligned direction on priorities.

Participate in the building of the Exclusive Brand category strategy in conjunction with Category Managers. Direct concept development within agreed business and category strategies.

Identify and evaluate key vendors in conjunction with the product development & category teams. Develop vendor strategies based upon current vendor analyzed strengths and long-term development requirements. Build effective relationship with the vendor community.

Maintain solid technical and business understanding of the competitive set, and emerging technology to help identify gap or opportunity areas for technical point of difference in US Foods' products.

Develop best-in-class nutritional attributes, formulas and product and ingredient specifications that meet corporate, regulatory, and consumer/customer needs. Ensure that brand integrity and brand strategies are maintained.

Drive for specification ownership and proprietary advantage where applicable to protect investments and block competitive potential. Understand and use technical intellectual property as a key business protector and value add.

Ensure that projects are delivered with the highest quality to the business on agreed timelines and within budget and are communicated with senior leadership and other stakeholders.

Provide senior technical and business support, mentoring, and possible direct report accountabilities of more junior technical staff.

Provide support to marketing events and promotions.

EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status

 

Qualifications-

Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in food science, meat science, or animal science & agribusiness.

CCS (Certified Culinary Scientist by RCA) or other culinary experience/certification a plus but not required

Related Experience: Minimum 5 years work experience in product development and new product innovation, with extensive product development/food science discipline in the Produce category.

5 years’ experience in consumer packaged goods, retail or foodservice industry.

Customer focused expertise in the foodservice industry.

Prior experience in facilitation of group training is desired.

Some management experience a plus.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent knowledge of HACCP and its application in food industry
  • The candidate must have a strong foundation in the core fundamentals of the culinary arts
  • Strong passion for food and the drive to develop this passion throughout the organization
  • Strong sensory evaluation and analysis skills
  • Strategic decision-making approach to business interests
  • High collaboration and project management skills to work across a broad business base. Ability to influence and translate technical information in a non-technical way to all levels in an organization. Strong judgement and decision making skillls
  • Highly organized with a strong focus on detail and accuracy. Able to thrive in a complex, high demand, evolving environment, requiring quick responsiveness. Must be able to handle multiple priorities while maintaining focus on the bottom line.
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of written and verbal skills and have excellent organization and presentation skills
  • Must be able to work effectively as an individual with minimal supervision or as a team member as required
  • Must possess strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Outlook.

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Primary Location: Rosemont-IL

Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job

Job Function: Brand Management

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: No