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US Foods Associate Product Developer, Grocery in Rosemont, Illinois

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The foundation that allows us to deliver on our strategy is The US Foods Way, which describes How We Live, through our Cultural Beliefs; How We Work, through our commitment to Continuous Improvement; and How We Lead, through our Leadership Behaviors. 

The Associate Product Developer will support the development of innovative and consumer driven new exclusive brand products. They will assist in the product development process from ideation to product launch formula/spec development and commercialization.

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

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

Commercialize products from ideation to launch by working closely with internal and external stakeholders.

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

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 support to marketing events and promotions.

Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in food science. Meat science, or animal science & agribusiness may also be acceptable depending on categories.

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

2 - 3 years’ experience in product development of consumer packaged goods, retail or foodservice industry.

Prior experience in facilitation of group training is desired.


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

Excellent knowledge of HACCP and its application in food industry

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 skills.

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.


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


We're continually updating our safety procedures and taking every measure to ensure the protection of our candidates, associates and customers. Our workplace safety efforts include using sanitized interview rooms, social distancing, providing masks and gloves and sanitizing truck cab interiors. We also have COVID-19 Wellness Checks for anyone entering our facilities and safety barriers in select locations in our production facilities. To help our customers make it in this challenging time, we’re providing robust support including webinars, one-on-one consults with our experts and detailed reopening materials.

US Foods is proud to have donated $10 million in food to help with COVID-19 relief efforts to help our local communities make it. Learn more here .

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 300,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 28,000 employees and more than 70 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates more than $28 billion in annual revenue. Visit to learn more.

US Foods may collect personal information from you in connection with the application process. US Foods complies with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, and its policy may be found here ( .

US Foods, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Pay Transparency policy statement is available here ( .

US Foods is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the interview process or to perform essential job functions, please contact our US Foods Application Accommodation Line at 866-960-5886. You will be prompted to leave a message. Please state the specifics of the assistance needed and your contact information. A member of our HR department will return your call within two business days.