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Corporate Food Technology Senior Specialist, Product Development - Dairy

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



Position Summary:

Provide strategic leadership and depth of knowledge in food technology regarding product technical services and product quality maintenance. Perform all jobs safely, efficiently and accurately to maintain and improve the performance of Corporate Food Technology in the areas of Safety, Quality, Reliability (SQR) and our Customer 1st strategy. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Evaluate and recommend new processes, programs, equipment and technologies appropriate to Kroger manufacturing, distribution, quality assurance or retailing
  • Lead internal and external teams as a subject matter expert to develop and improve new and existing product processes while containing costs and maintaining or improving product quality
  • Follow regulatory and technological changes that may affect the food industry
  • Oversee activities and projects with both internal manufacturing plants and external contracted manufacturers; both food and non-food consumer products
  • Provide leadership to manufacturing operations to troubleshoot product and/or processing problems and find solutions
  • Work with plant teams in resolving differences in manufacturing processes between multiple operation locations that will improve the quality and costs of products and increase efficiencies
  • Demonstrate excellence in project planning and execution through best use of resources to shorten the time to project completion
  • Perform pilot plant development work and conduct plant trials of new products and processes
  • Reformulate products as prudent to reduce ingredient and manufacturing costs while maintaining and/or improving product quality
  • Provide technical assistance related to testing techniques and quality assurance procedures for plants
  • Audit products for quality and manage audit follow-up projects to improve quality
  • Audit plant batching operations and analyze consumer comments
  • Prepare and maintain material specification documents
  • Train and mentor Corporate Food Technology Product Development Specialists
  • Work with Sensory Manager to organize and coordinate consumer panels
  • Review product label proofs to ensure compliance with all labeling and claim regulations
  • Travel as required for execution of essential job duties
  • Follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe, quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties: complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF Systems
  • Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in food science, dairy science/bakery science or related field
  • 8 years progressive technical food industry experience
  • Experience in product development or plant production for complex/high-risk product categories
  • Demonstrated excellence in project planning, problem solving and execution
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills

Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • 5 years of experience in product development, technical service or plant production with multiple food and/or non-food categories
  • Proven team leadership skills


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 over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names.  At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.  We are committed to 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 || Dairy; Food Technology || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

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