Manager – Baking Applications – General Mills Mumbai Maharashtra

About the job – Manager – Baking Applications – General Mills Mumbai Maharashtra

India is among the top ten priority markets for General Mills, and hosts our Global Shared Services Centre. This is the Global Shared Services arm of General Mills Inc., which supports its operations worldwide. With over 1,300 employees in Mumbai, the center has capabilities in the areas of Supply Chain, Finance, HR, Digital and Technology, Sales Capabilities, Consumer Insights, ITQ (R&D & Quality), and Enterprise Business Services. Learning and capacity-building is a key ingredient of our success.

Job Description:

Position Title: Manager- R&D (Baking Applications) Or Sr Scientist-II
Function/Group: R&D/Packaging
Country: India
Location: Mumbai
Role Reports to Head- FS & Tech
Geographical Scope: Regional
Job Type: Full time
Recommended Level: PG-60
Percentage of travel required: Approx 20%
Job Overview:
The Research and Development (R&D) Senior Scientist- II for Innovation, Technology, and Quality (ITQ) you will be responsible for developing and advancing technical strategies & initiatives to support the growth of existing products and the development of new products across markets as part of bakeries business. Focus will be largely, but not limited to, development of NDWT portfolio and other expanded bakery adjacencies like glazes, fruit crushes/sauces etc.

Main Responsibilties:
Senior Scientist- II/Baking Application Manager role involves influencing the business on forthcoming business opportunities, strategies to bring new ideas to life through prototyping and a consumer first design mindset, strong collaboration among the O&T team, and developing a solid technical understanding of product development and technology to bring these products to life. This role is expected to be subject matter expert on creams/NDWT. Focus of this role is to meet requirements outlines in this document for NDWT.
25% of time :
  • Collaborate and partner with business team to develop innovation strategies for bakery adjacencies
  • Leverage a customer first design mindset to identify and validate ideas
  • Influence business with differential innovation ideas and bring them to life through real time innovation pipeline
50% of time :
  • Leverage product development capabilities to continuously innovate, test and enable commercialization of NPDs
  • Lead the ITQ project management for bakery adjacencies to ensure flawless execution of NPDs and renovation projects
  • Develop business first mindset and enable cost efficiencies through potential HMM levers (new or existing) to support business model efficiencies for bakery adjacencies.
  • Collaborate with technology and other cross functional teams to continuously improve ITQ processes, explore new technical avenues and build technical capabilities for future
25% of time :
  • Partner with marketing, consumer insights, operations, sourcing and sales to flawlessly execute projects and grow bakeries business in India
  • Serve as technical coach and expert for bakery adjacencies for ITQ as well culinary and sales teams
  • Proactively engage with key customers and sales team to ensure technical resolutions in market
  • Seve as consultant to supply chain in building relevant manufacturing capabilities in house or with ESCs
  • Serve as team lead for small team ITQ scientists for bakery adjacencies.
  • Provide knowledge transfer, technical coaching and day today work directions in meeting business objectives
  • Ensure core food safety design principles through product development and adhere to Food safety policy requirements for R&D
  • Develop, maintain ingredients and finished product specifications content
  • Ensure relevant business maintenance activities for bakery adjacencies are undertaken
  • Champion the protection and creation of Intellectual Property (IP) and documentation of technical knowledge
Education and Experience:
Minimum Degree Requirements: Masters
Preferred Degree Requirements: Masters
Preferred Major Area of Study: Food & Allied Science, Technology
Required Professional Certifications:
Preferred Professional Certifications:
Minimum years of related experience required: 10 Years
Preferred years of related experience: 12-13 Years
Specific Job Experience or Skills Needed:
  • Strong interpersonal skills, comfortable working with a cross functional team and key food service customers
  • Demonstrated ability to connect and challenge technical and business partners
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective internal and external networks
  • Desire to grow and develop manager of people skills
  • Strong bias for action and ability to advance projects with speed and accuracy
  • Strong listener and collaborator
  • Possibilities thinker, discovery mindset, comfortable with ambiguity yet drives to clarity
  • Strong command of the commercialization process
  • Willingness to lean into risk, act boldly and move quickly
Competencies/Behaviors required for job:
  • Acts Boldly, Moves Quickly
Exhibits resiliency and quickly adapts when faced with changing or competing priorities; demonstrates flexibility in learning and approach Skillfully assesses risk, at times with incomplete information; delivers high quality and timely decisions; challenges status quo
  • Influences the Business
Employs an innovative mindset; meets business needs by bringing ideas and concepts to life; makes valuable contributions to create pipeline Uses business acumen to enhance results; appropriately communicates trade-offs and implications; influences scope and outcome of work
  • Creates Advantaged Connections
Creates value by building and connecting a relevant and diverse network; makes cross-network connections to drive differentiated results Independently manages relationships; shares appropriate level of information; is trusted to provide direction and feedback; ensures alignment and supports win/win results
  • Champions Remarkable Products and Services
Takes ownership to deliver differentiated products and solutions; articulates the business need and influences adoption of superior ideas; Leads identification and execution of solutions to meet business needs; simplifies and articulates complex technical concepts
  • Leverages Global Scale, Drive Global Impact
Relates well to a broad network of people; demonstrates sensitivity and effectively communicates across cultures
  • Advances Technical Possibilities
Applies possibility thinking to create quality ideas and solutions; identifies novel opportunities; leverages and values divergent thinking
Efficiently and effectively experiments to solve problems; proposes alternatives based on knowledge and experience


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