Friday, March 19, 2010

Dannon 2010 Internship Program Update

Hello all! It has been a few weeks since my conception of this blog, and would like to make some updates, particularly about Dannon's 2010 internship program. We are currently recruiting for many internship positions in several functions. If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter to staffing@dannon.com. I will be posting open jobs here daily, so please check in and see what career options Dannon may have for you! Below are two internship positions that I am recruiting for. To apply to these positions, please go to Dannon.com and search for their respective job reference numbers as cited in their job descriptions.

Development Intern- Fort Worth, TX

Embark on a personal voyage of growth at Dannon
There is something very special inside our company. You can see it reflected in our products, our way of doing business and our relationships with stakeholders. Since its establishment in 1942, Dannon prides itself on consistently delivering high quality; wholesome products that respond to consumer needs and bring health.

Our corporate culture and values are based on empowerment and delivery. We energize and nourish our people by giving everyone the freedom to explore great ideas and pursue genuine innovation. Our leaders are accessible and supportive of your growth and development. We listen with empathy and together discover new possibilities and opportunities.

Job Overview
The main mission will be to work with the product development team on dairy yogurt formulas and fruit prep formulas to understand and quantify levels of flavor absorption & loss over shelf life as a result of starches used in the formulas: types, quantity, delivery mechanism of the flavor (added into the fruit prep) vs. delayed differentiation.

Additional Responsibilities will include:
- Conducting outside research on existing trade knowledge
- Develop and execute an experimental plan with direction from manager
- Conducting experiments on (1) yogurt formula itself, (2) fruit formula itself, (3) finished product analysis
- Liaison with universities, key technical contacts in the industry, key Dannon suppliers
- Clear and transparent conclusions to be leveraged in Dannon NA team as well as possibility to share with Danone Central team

Job Dimension
- Possibility to work on multiple brands
- Possibility to work on multiple product formats (set vs. blended yogurt)
- Travel possible to key Dannon supplier or university in case specialized equipment is required
- No direct reports or team management

Current Context
Short term objective: Characterize & quantify where we are today in our formulas with regards to using the appropriate starch, identify the key drivers for flavor loss during the product life cycle from raw materials through finished product at end of code

Long term objective: Identify the optimal starch types and quantities to be used in specific yogurt and fruit prep formulas to preserve flavor integrity & intensity over the product life cycle

Internal contacts: Dannon Product Developers (yogurt and fruit prep), Sensory and Consumer Insights Manager

External contacts: Universities (professors, advisors, laboratory equipment), Dannon key starch supplier, Dannon key flavor supplier

Key elements that could motivate a candidate:
Future job opportunity, great networking opportunity within Dannon and outside Dannon (other universities or suppliers for support), potential to have significant business impact of a fast-moving CPG.

Qualifications
Professional Experiences and Functional Competencies needed:
- Currently enrolled in BS Degree Program with desired major in Food Science, Food Engineering, Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or Microbiology
- Master's of Science (pursuing or hold) desired.
- Proficient in analytical tools and methodology (know what analysis to do and why) such as GC, GC Mass Spec, NMR, IR, particle size, microscopy, etc.

Managerial Competencies and Personal Skills needed:
Strong technical background, effective verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, committed, open to receiving and giving constructive feedback, promote innovation : challenge the status quo / ask questions, accepting and embracing of fast paced environment, not effected by change, enthusiastic, understands experimental design, experience / success in project management (for leveraging and building confidence), moderate to good understanding of industrial processes and "real life" vs. laboratory, good statistics background (ease of use of statistical tools), detail oriented, pragmatic, organized, creative, ability to assess a multitude of things and narrow the focus to more specifics (with good reason & justification).

EOE M/F/D/V. Qualified females and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Please no agency or personal calls.

To apply/review, please go to http://www.dannon.com and under Careers search for job reference number: 020039.


Nutrition Intern- White Plains, NY

Embark on a personal voyage of growth at Dannon
There is something very special inside our company. You can see it reflected in our products, our way of doing business and our relationships with stakeholders. Since its establishment in 1942, Dannon prides itself on consistently delivering high quality; wholesome products that respond to consumer needs and bring health. Our corporate culture and values are based on empowerment and delivery. We energize and nourish our people by giving everyone the freedom to explore great ideas and pursue genuine innovation. Our leaders are accessible and supportive of your growth and development. We listen with empathy and together discover new possibilities and opportunities.

Position Summary
This position will help to develop and implement the nutritional strategy for major Dannon Dairy Brands in US (Light and Fit and Core)
The nutrition intern will analyze data from US HANES data base and interact daily with Marketing, Health affairs and Market Research in order to improve communication to the consumer. Additionally, this person will help identify potential academic partners in Nutrition.

Key responsibilities:
1. Analyze the data form NHANES and other nutritional surveys and data bases.
2. Prepare communication recommendations for Light and Fit and Core and integrate these recommendations into both brands marketing plans.
3. Set up collaborations with Academic Dannon partners
4. Assist with product nutrition strategies and communication plans that address local nutrition concerns.

Qualifications
- MS or PhD in nutrition
- Knowledge of US nutritional guidelines and regulation, understanding/interest on nutritional epidemiology
- Scientific interests in the dairy category and its effect on health and wellness.
- Ability to work in the fast changing team environment
- Ability to work on multiple projects
- Pragmatic and business-oriented

EOE M/F/D/V. Qualified females and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Please no agency or personal calls.
To apply/review, please go to http://www.dannon.com and under Careers search for job reference number: 020066.

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