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Corp Food Technology Manager - Grocery

Company Name: Kroger Manufacturing
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Coordinate Kroger technical resources to meet business needs. Foster collaborative relationships within Corporate Food Technology and across Kroger departments. Provide leadership and depth of knowledge in food technology regarding product development, product quality maintenance, and technical service.Role model and demonstrate the company's core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety of others.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Follow new developments in food manufacturing and technology.
  • Evaluate and recommend new processes, equipment and technologies of potential value to Kroger.
  • Follow regulatory and technological changes in the food industry.
  • Participate in key manufacturing projects that guide the future of Kroger business.
  • Reduce ingredient and manufacturing costs of existing products while maintaining product quality.
  • Develop new products and processes, and improve existing processes.
  • Partner with Corporate Technology, Retail, and Manufacturing in problem identification and resolution.
  • Provide technical assistance to Kroger manufacturing plants in the areas of analytical and processing techniques for new product development, new process development, and technical service.
  • Resolve differences in manufacturing processes between various operations to improve product quality, cost and operations efficiency.
  • Demonstrate excellence in project planning, execution, and timing through project evaluation.
  • Perform bench top product development, pilot plant development work, conduct new product and process plant trials and make recommendations for needed changes.
  • Initiate programs to keep Kroger plants current in ingredients, processing and packaging.
  • Advise plants on testing techniques and quality assurance procedures; audit product quality, plant conditions, and consumer comments; and initiate correcting deficiencies.
  • Prepare and maintain raw material, in-process, purchased products and finished product specifications documents.
  • Follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements.
  • Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF 2000 Systems.
  • Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles.
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties; complete performance reviews and provides feedback to direct reports.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science Technology, Dairy Science, Bakery Science, Food Microbiology or related field.
  • 6-10 years of experience in Product Development and/or plant production.
  • Functional knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet Explorer.
  • Demonstrated excellence in project planning, problem solving and execution.
  • Strong critical thinking skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel independently.

Desired Previous Job Experience

  • Advanced Degree preferred.


Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time

Regions: General Office- Cincinnati


Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


Company Overview
Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve customers in 2,782 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states.  Our Family of Companies also operates 2,268 pharmacies, 274 fine jewelry stores, 1,489 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States.  Kroger is dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™ by serving America through food inspiration and uplift and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

 Posting Notes:  OH || Cincinnati || 1014 Vine Street || 45202 || Kroger Manufacturing || None || Food Technology || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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