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Senior Quality Engineer - Ingredients

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Location: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA Posted: Mar 25, 2020

Job Description

Company Overview

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 a Senior Quality Engineer, you will be responsible for championing supplier food safety, managing Ingredient material categories, and working with both internal and external partners to ensure the safety of General Mills’ products and processes.

You will also have the unique opportunity to impact the Innovation, Technology, and Quality (ITQ) function by leveraging your knowledge and skills to provide deep technical expertise, become a leader of global connections, and be recognized as a valued partner for our plant, sourcing, and business teams.

The right candidate for this role will leverage strong project management skills, relationship management skills, be results orientated, and be able to find opportunities for value creation in order to help the company succeed.

The projects you manage in this role will provide you with a high level of cross-functional exposure and will accelerate your ability to navigate and influence across our global organization.

In this role you will have the opportunity to develop communication and influence skills, a deep technical expertise of food safety and quality, and you will have an exposure to manufacturing environments both inside and outside of General Mills.

Key Career Experiences Gained:

The following experiences are commonly gained in this type of ITQ role. However, each hiring manager will provide an overview of the key functional, leadership and broadening experiences gained when staffing a specific position on their team.

  • Functional: Technology, Experimentation, Commercialization, Product Maintenance
  • Leadership: Matrix Relationship Management, Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Plant/Site Leadership
  • Broadening: Multi-Functional, Multi-Business, Global Role/Responsibility, Cross-Geography, Field, Corporate, Transformation Initiative, External


  • Provide Food Safety & Quality leadership and direction through technical mastery in the areas of regulatory compliance, SPC, system capability, sanitation, and food safety risk mitigation and champion material supplier food safety and regulatory compliance
  • Manage specific material categories by identifying and reducing supplier food safety and regulatory risk, providing technical category expertise, ensuring specification compliance and assessing supplier performance; provide food safety, quality and regulatory training with our suppliers and external GMI partners
  • Provide leadership as needed for global initiatives including but not limited to process improvements, process standardization, and team development
  • Build alignment and strategy with cross functional partners; lead risk assessments and root cause analysis activities for issue resolution.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Food Science, Packaging, Material Science, or related field
  • 5+ years of related experience in Quality, R&D, or Food Safety.
  • Travel 20-30% of time, flexible travel schedule
  • Ability to manage cross platform projects and be comfortable with ambiguity
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude, ability to apply engineering principles, and ability to troubleshoot.


  • Self-starter who has the ability to prioritize workload while meeting commitments
  • Strong understanding of product quality, sensory, and food safety.
  • Strong understanding of Zero Loss Culture philosophy and tools.
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex organizations
  • Plant Quality Engineer, manufacturing, or auditing/consulting experience
  • Food Safety & Quality/External Quality Management//External Supply Chain Experience

About General Mills

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