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Manager, Product Development, Evolution Fresh 
(Job Number: 150000087 - CA-Rancho Cucamonga 


Primary Location

: US-CA-Rancho Cucamonga 

Evolution Fresh - Research and Development


Job Summary and Mission


This job contributes to Evolution Fresh success by identifying, planning and completing multiple, broad, complex project assignments related to the initiation and development of food and beverage products that support the successful execution of company initiatives. Manages all activities and phases of project progression. Models and acts in accordance with the Evolution Fresh Purpose & Core Beliefs.


Summary of Key Responsibilities


Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:



         Setting goals for the work group, developing organizational capability, and modeling how we work together:

         Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the immediate team of direct reports promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results

         Supports the implementation of company programs to ensure the success of the Company.


Planning and Execution


         Developing strategic and operational plans for the work group, managing execution, and measuring results:

         Develops and manages budgets and forecasts for projects and programs.

         Prepares, communicates and educates client groups and team on changes in policies and practices within the organization

         Plans and manages business unit and department processes and practices to ensure that programs are aligned with company business goals and objectives.


Business Requirements


          Providing functional expertise and executing functional responsibilities:

         Assesses project requests and assignments to technical project managers. Identifies project resource requirements. Prepares project plans and briefs for approval, prioritization and allocation of technical and financial resources. Identifies key technical hurdles and deliverables to ensure success.

         Develops service level agreements with key customer groups. 

         Identifies new product opportunities and technologies for presentation to senior management.

         Leads projects and project teams. Prepares project plans and ensures that projects meet specified timelines.

         Manages project costs and execution. Transitions projects to downstream Research & Development teams.

         Manages the project information flow and updates cross-functional teams and management. Acts as department liaison to key customer groups.

         Organizes and directs work activities of technical individual contributors. Develops work plans and cross- functional responsibilities. Establishes key technical performance indicators and measures to ensure progress to agreed-upon deliverables and implementation consistent with project timelines. Develops best practices methods and incorporates into development processes


Providing partners with coaching, feedback, and developmental opportunities and building effective teams:


         Builds career development paths and succession plan.

         Challenges and inspires partners to achieve business results

         Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews.

         Develops teams and partnerships aligned with Starbucks guiding principles.

         Ensures partners adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements.

         Oversees training and development of partners directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions.

         Provides coaching, direction and leadership support to team members in order to achieve partner, business and customer results.


Summary of Experience


         Food, beverage or engineering product development (10 years)

         Project Management (10 years)

         Management, including building and leading cross-functional teams (5 years)

         Managing budgets (5 years)

         Beverage or Food manufacturing plant  (5 years)


Basic Qualifications


         BS degree in Food Science or similar field

         Excellent real time decision-making skills in a manufacturing environment 

         Ability to work with and lead cross-functional teams 

         Project management skills, including measurement, reporting and financial analysis 

         Basic skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Project 

         Knowledge of high pressure processing

         Knowledge of fresh produce

         Knowledge of juice

         Knowledge of food ingredient functionality 

         Knowledge of food microbiology 

         Knowledge of marketing principles and concepts 

         Knowledge of sensory, experimental design, statistics and consumer research methodology 

         Knowledge of technical engineering design, development, certifications and standards 

         Ability to apply knowledge of multidisciplinary business principles and practices to achieve successful outcomes in cross-functional projects and activities 

         Effective communication and presentation skills

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