Food Product Development Scientist/ Engineer

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Nov 28, 2018
Jan 31, 2019
Employment Status
Full Time
About us:Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America's leading retailers.At the heart of one of the world's best-loved and most recognizable brands is an impeccable Product Development & Design organization. We thrive on the magic of discovering that just-right thing, and we infuse everything we do with our passion for delighting our guests.  We concept, develop, make and deliver the great tasting new favorites that Target guests expect and deserve. We are uber-savvy trend and quality experts who stay ahead of the curve, proactively identifying our market's needs and exceeding them, every time. Join one of our dynamic and inventive teams to influence the taste, quality and value that decisively position Target above the competition. Your input will have a direct and positive effect, whether on convenient meals, snacking favorites, giftables, or pantry staples. Here, you will be close to the action of dreaming up and bringing to life the Target-owned brands that surprise and gratify guests, wherever and whenever they love to shop.

A role with Food Product Development means being on a team of engineers and food scientists who create products that truly embody the intent of Target-owned brands. Can you ensure that each product has that just-right mix of taste, quality and value? Do you love to create technical product solutions that help meet strategic business goals? Then you will have success on our talented and innovative team.

As a Food Product Development Scientist/ Engineer, you will collaborate within a cross functional team comprised of business, technical, regulatory, and marketing partners to identify growth opportunities and build winning solutions for our guests.  You will manage the development of specifications and standards, and support the commercialization of programs in an agile and consumer centered speed to market process for a diverse assortment of Target brand products. Your work will define quality standards like sensory, product performance, and shelf life, as well as meet food safety and regulatory requirements.  In partnership with the cross functional team, you will lead quality improvement opportunities and support scale up and implementation with our vendor and manufacturing partners to ensure market products adhere to specifications and quality standards.  Here, you will leverage collective expertise to suggest improvements to cost of goods, product design and manufacturing, sustainability, and ROI.  As a quality champion, you will collaborate with our quality and compliance teams to monitor in market quality and collaborate with vendors to ensure that the brand vision is clearly understood and successfully brought to life with every product we offer.

We will support you along the way with robust onboarding, as well as personal and career development, to help you grow as a strong Food Product Development Scientist/ Engineer. The exciting part of retail? It is always changing!  Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.About you:
  • Four year or advanced degree in Food Science, Food Process Engineering, or directly related field
  • Two to eight years of product development and commercialization experience - translating bench top design to scalable, manufacturable products
  • Experience working in collaboration with contract manufacturing  and vendors to ensure quality and consistency of products as designed
  • Knowledge of quality management and specification development practices
  • Strong communication, collaboration, problem solving, and strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to successfully work in a team environment
  • Willing to travel up to 30% time


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