Meat Technical Category Manager

full time at Hanley Recruitment in Minneapolis, US
Great brands start with the people that make them great. One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in over 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., General Mills had fiscal 2009 global net sales of US$15.9 billion, including the company’s US$1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales. We seek out the best of the best and give them development, support and the chance to lead something big. If you’re ready to fulfill your potential, consider sharing your talents with the outstanding people of General Mills. You will work with legendary brands, nourish people around the world, and start building your own legacy.

The Meat Technical Category Manager is responsible for providing deep technical expertise across different processed meat categories ranging from poultry, beef, pork to seafood. Deliverables include productivity savings, new meat ingredient development as well as quality improvement activities. In order to be successful against these deliverables, knowledge of labeling regulations and meat safety is a plus. Industry knowledge enhances success as a source of new ideas, efficient project commercialization and delivery against cost targets.

The meat team is organized as a centralized function and has the accountability of delivering opportunities across the varied business divisions that use meat.

• Work with all internal divisions with meat components.
• Ensure business divisions are updated on project status and to ensure support of new technology ideas.
• Productivity and new technology work for new products, etc
• Drive cross-functional identification and prioritization of best current projects, identify specifications, and enable divisions to be successful
• Translate opportunities into a strategic vision.
• Independently lead projects.
• Consulting with Quality and Sourcing organizations.
Qualification Education: MS or PhD in Meat Science or Meat Technology, MS/PhD in Food Science with Minor in Meat

Related Experience: 5 years minimum in meat industry (meat manufacturer or a company that sells processed meat containing products)

Required Skills/Experiences:
• Good communication skills
• Strong influencing skills

• Project management skills
• Strong collaboration and leadership skills to facilitate working with cross-functional teams.
• Industrial connections - New technology ideas are developed internally as well as identified through external connections
• Knowledge of meat safety requirements and meat regulations
• Fundamental understanding of market impact on meat prices/buying strategy
• Retail foods exposure
• International experience a plus

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