Associate Food Scientist

Conagra Brands

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Omaha, NE

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

We are looking for an Associate Food Scientist to join our International Foods R&D team in Omaha, Nebraska!

Located along the Missouri River, our Omaha office is within walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants. Join us for yoga or strength training classes offered at the onsite fitness center. Don't forget about the free popcorn too! Conagra's R&D facilities in Omaha are state of the art, including a large super lab, open benchtop space for prototype development, a top-of-the-line culinary kitchen, and pilot plant capabilities.

This is a great opportunity to begin your career in Food Science! As an Associate Food Scientist, you are an essential contributor to product development. You will bring a food forward and culinary focused mindset to improve or bring new products to the table. With a curiosity for consumer demand and food trends, you'll bring your science background to life to create products that are an asset to Conagra's portfolio.

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop new products beginning at the concept phase through successful commercialization
  • Conduct plant trials and new product startups
  • Plan, prioritize and complete tasks while maintaining accurate and complete records
  • Work with pilot plant equipment under guidance
  • Use online specification system
  • Create experiments and prepare results for review
  • Understand the consumer demand spaces and develop new products prototypes to appeal to customers
  • Assist team with product cutting, plant trials, and testing
  • Maintain a clean, organized and safe work area, including the cleaning of equipment, utensils and work surfaces

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s, Master's, or Doctoral Degree in Food Science or related field
  • 1+ year of relevant work or internship experience preferred
  • Experience with ingredient functionality and cost savings projects
  • Curiosity of consumer demand and innovations within the CPG and culinary space
  • Knowledge in food product design, formulation, process design, product scale-up, plant testing and commercialization

Physical Requirements:

  • Work in and around cramped/confined spaces
  • Climb with stairs or ladders
  • Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended work days to include: loud noise, excessive heat, cold, wet, and slippery conditions
  • Use tools, equipment, and machinery
  • Drive a company or rental vehicle for up to 6 hours as needed
  • May travel up to 30% of time. Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible Conagra representative.
  • Exposure to food tasting and smells including all food allergens

We require applicants for this role to be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring employer sponsorship either now or in the future.

Our Modern Workplace:

Conagra’s culture of collaboration enhances our ability to meet critical business goals, deliver value to customers and consumers and provide you with the flexibility you need to achieve a better work-life balance. We carefully consider each role and how often each team member needs to collaborate in-person. This position is usually in the office Monday - Thursday (with some remote flexibility those days). Fridays are remote.

Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, 15 vacation days, 6 additional days off and 10 paid holidays. Check out our 401k plan too! Conagra will match 100% up to the first 6% of pay you save. The company will also provide a 3% non-elective contribution to your account regardless of your participation (that's 9%)!




Our Benefits:

We care about your total well-being and will support you with the following, subject to your location and role:

  • Health: Medical, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life, accident and disability insurance
  • Wealth: great pay, incentive opportunity, matching 401(k) and stock purchase plan
  • Growth: online courses, virtual and classroom development experiences
  • Balance: paid-time off, parental leave, flexible work-schedules (subject to your location and role)

Our Company:

Conagra Brands is one of North America's leading branded food companies. We have a rich heritage of making great food, and a team that’s passionate about innovation and growth. Conagra offers choices for every occasion through iconic brands, such as Birds Eye®, Marie Callender's®, Banquet®, Healthy Choice®, Slim Jim®, Reddi-wip®, and Vlasic®, and emerging brands, including Angie's® BOOMCHICKAPOP®, Duke's®, Earth Balance®, Gardein®, and Frontera®.

We pride ourselves on having the most impactful, energized and inclusive culture in the food industry. For more information, visit

Conagra Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law. ​