R&D Food Scientist

General Mills, Inc. Minneapolis , MN 55415

Posted 2 months ago

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.

As the Research and Development Scientist for Innovation, Technology, and Quality (ITQ) you will be responsible for the execution of new product strategy, concept development, product formulation, and process development to enable the business to win in the marketplace. In this role, you will have the unique opportunity to impact the ITQ function by leveraging your strong technical, influence, and project management skills to support all aspects of the product development cycle that will add value to General Mills brands while collaborating with internal and external business partners to expand new product businesses and make major product improvements.

The right candidate for this role will leverage strong innovation, project leadership, and technical problem-solving skills, to create new and continuously improve existing products and processes. The projects you manage in this role will provide you with technical depth and breadth, as well as cross-functional and global exposure.


  • Support a wide range of project activities including concept development, consumer interaction, and scouting for new ideas and technologies applicable to prioritized areas

  • Lead multiple initiatives from creation through commercialization by prioritizing work and coaching others

  • Collaborate with business team to develop strategies and profit through innovation, renovation and/or Holistic Margin Management (HMM)

  • Partner with business teams and external partners to enhance Core renovation strategy and execution and develop winning taste solutions for General Mills

  • Independently consult, design, and manage the appropriate product stability studies to meet business needs and enhance product foundational knowledge

  • Manage and lead technically complex projects: create technical plans, timelines, risk assessments, and mitigation plans; identify opportunities by challenging formulation and processing assumptions

  • Scale-up from bench to pilot plant to plant


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Food Science, Packaging or related field

  • 3+ years of experience in product development or an applied science

  • Strong technical problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills

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


  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead multiple complex, large-scale, technically-driven projects from concept to commercialization

  • Strong leadership and strategic thinking

  • Ability to collaborate in a cross-functional and external environment and provide key product guidance

  • Applicable R&D experience in innovation, renovation, and HMM

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R&D Food Scientist

General Mills, Inc.