MANAGER- RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT- CONSUMER VALUE ADDED PORK & BEEF

Research & Development Greeley, Colorado


Description

Position at JBS USA Food Company

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 meat cuts, food chemistry, food ingredient functionality, and experimental design.
  • Translates consumer needs into product innovation and renovation.
  • Independently completes 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 specifications, 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 Sales and 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.
  • Maintains a professional network to stay abreast of new technologies and trends.

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

  • Ability to work in accordance with safety and food safety policies.
  • General knowledge of Global Food Safety Initiative standards such BRC or SQF and Quality Systems.
  • Intermediate ability in Microsoft Office products, specifically Microsoft Excel.
  • Interpersonal and team skills for working with employees at all levels both internal and external.

 

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Education: BS in Meat Science/Food Science or related required. Master preferred.
  • Experience: 5-7 years in fresh pork or beef product development in a production or related facility
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office applications
EOE/M/F/V/Disabled