JBS USA Consumer Value Added R&D Product Development Manager in Greeley, Colorado

SUMMARY:

The primary responsibility of this role is the creation of new fresh pork and beef products that are packaged to be sold in Retail and Club Channels.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

· Develops new pork and beef products leveraging expertise in food chemistry, food ingredient functionality and experimental design.

· Translates consumer needs into product innovation and renovation .

· Independently completes research projects to design, develop and improve new and existing product portfolio.

· Provides product costs based on commodities, ingredients, and product formulations.

· Responsible for sourcing ingredients and leveraging vendor expertise in ingredient functionality.

· Creates product samples by working with various plant production equipment, such as grinders, injectors, massagers, dicers, slicers, or chillers, etc.

· Tests ideas on processing or packaging attributes that would improve product performance or desirability.

· Develop and maintain product specification , ingredient statements, allergen information and formulas for seasoning blends and non-meat ingredients; then incorporate respective information into the label design process as needed.

· Manages and oversees R&D technical functions such as sensory, shelf life testing, legal label claims , product/packaging improvements

· Participates in plant trials and works with new product start-ups - ensure products are made to spec.

· Works with production plant personnel on scale up of new products. Suggest initial order quantities for ingredients and packaging, obtain cost of materials

· Act as a technical resource to answer questions about current and new products, plant capabilities, labeling regulations.

· Present new products to customers ; Presentation often involves cooked preparation of multiple items or full meals

· Prepare product samples and ship to customers as requested.

· General awareness of USDA regulations , restricted/limited ingredients and approved processing procedures.

· Optimizes cost/quality and process improvements contributing to increased product quality and profitability for the business.

· Designs tests, interpret results and recommend next steps in product development

· Assists QA/QC in the analysis of product that generates customer complaints .

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

· Ability to work in accordance with safety and food safety policies

· Intermediate ability in Microsoft Office products, specifically Microsoft Excel

· Interpersonal and team skills for working with employees at all levels both internal and external

· Travel up to 40%

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

Education: BS or Master’s in Meat Science/Food Science or related.

Experience: 5-7 years in fresh pork or beef product development in a production or related facility

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office applications