Associate Product Developer (Pork & Poultry)

US Foods, Inc. • Chicago, IL 60602

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Description

* 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.

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

* 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.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

* 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 judgment 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.

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