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General Mills Senior R&D Scientist - Blue Buffalo Dry Pet Food (Minneapolis or Remote) in Minneapolis, Minnesota

General Mills is reshaping the future of food. We believe food makes us better. It nourishes our bodies, brings us joy and connects us to each other. As one of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Annie's Homegrown, Old El Paso, Epic Provisions, Blue Buffalo and more. Are you passionate about the future of food? You've come to the right table. We want the very best talent to help lead something big.

The Senior R&D Scientist or Engineer will lead the ideation, development, and execution of Blue Buffalo Innovation and renovation projects for the Dry Pet Food portfolio. The role will require working closely with the business team and supply chain as well as leverage strong consumer empathy. This position will require strong technical skills, critical problem-solving skill, and the ability to challenge assumptions and think differentially.

A successful candidate will be able to make internal and external connections to leverage the GMI human food pipelines, portfolio, and technologies for Blue Buffalo innovation. The candidate should also be successful at developing great partnerships with cross functional partners, have superior project management skills, the ability to influence the business, and have strong formulation and process development skills.

https://www.generalmills.com/en/Brands/Pet/Blue-Buffalo

Key Accountabilities

The Senior Scientist supporting Blue Buffalo will lead multiple complex projects from concept through launch.

  • Lead innovation and renovation projects by prioritizing work and coaching others

  • Develop sound technical plans, collaborate with peers to strengthen approach, and build a pipeline of activities to support business priorities.

  • Partner with internal and external supply chain teams

  • Support the plants (internal and external) in trouble shooting as well as improving their process

  • Identify innovation opportunities for Blue Buffalo by working globally across our Innovation, Technology & Quality teams to "Pet-ize" human food

  • Partner with global teams to identify new opportunities and solve technical challenges

  • Build technical expertise in new areas and share knowledge across the organization

  • Identify opportunities by challenging formulation and processing assumptions

  • Communicate effectively with the business team

  • Navigate the General Mills and Blue Buffalo matrix to efficiently vet ideas and complete initial feasibility assessments

  • Execute commercialization of projects efficiently and with excellence

  • Partner with cross functional teams to identify opportunities for innovation or product improvements

Other Considerations

The preferred location for this role is Minneapolis, MN however remote work-at-home applications will be considered. Please know the health and safety of our employees is always our primary concern. As the organization continues to navigate its response to the complex and evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate that the majority of us will continue to work from home. Candidates can expect to travel up to 40% of the time once COVID travel restrictions have lifted.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Food Science or related field

  • 5+ years of product development and project leadership experience

  • Pet experience required

  • Experience leading R&D projects from ideation to execution

  • Demonstrated ability to scale products working closely with supply chain partners

  • Experience leading projects and working with a diverse cross functional team

  • Comfort working directly with the business team and influencing pipeline and strategy

  • Agility to adapt quickly to changes in project scope

  • Displayed ability to manage multiple projects

  • Ability to challenge assumptions and develop robust technical plans to test hypotheses

  • Ability to build and maintain strong working partnerships with internal and external partners

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills

  • Abilitly to travel up to 40%

Preferred Qualifications

  • Pet food formulation and/or processing experience

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and refine processes for scale-up

  • Demonstrated ability to coach others to complete projects

  • Adaptability and Flexibility

Requisition ID: 2020-14782

External Company Name: General Mills Services, Inc.

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