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Research and Development Manager Dairy Processing - Lakeland, FL

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Job ID #: 11607
Location: Lakeland, FL between Orlando and Tampa
Functional Area: Manufacturing
Business Unit: Manufacturing
Employment Type: Full Time - Regular
Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Work Hours: 45 or more hours per week
Travel Percentage: 10%
Minimum Base Pay: $4,760.00
Type of Pay: Salaried
Maximum base Pay: $7,175.00
Frequency of Pay: Monthly
Potential Annual Pay with Bonus (Monthly Paid Positions Only): $61,880-93,275 Potential Annual Base Pay (Hourly Paid Positions Only): $NA

As the Manager of Dairy Research & Development, you’ll oversee R&D functions of three dairy plants (Lakeland, Atlanta, and Deerfield Beach) and the development of award-winning Publix products, such as our various flavors of delicious ice cream and yogurt, dairy beverages like milk and flavored milk, non-dairy beverages like soda and tea, and cultured products like cottage cheese and sour cream. Additional responsibilities include:

• the ideation and innovation of new products and improving existing products; which includes developing prototypes of requested products, developing new iterations, adjusting recipes, establishing specifications, coordinating production tests and supporting the initial roll out of the product
• testing and approving raw materials for use in new and existing products; which includes, evaluating specifications, testing new raw materials and approving the final specifications, packaging and formula changes
• troubleshooting issues with existing products; which includes assisting production managers in solving quality or productivity issues, testing and troubleshooting products by modifying formulas and/or production conditions and then communicating, implementing and ensuring changes are made at the production level
• ensuring Dairy Plant product labels and packaging accurately reflect product nutrition and ingredient information, while also meeting all regulatory, Kosher, and Organic certification requirements
• participating in and/or coordinating product cuttings to ensure that Publix Dairy Plant products are meeting quality specifications; providing critical and objective feedback to ensure that Publix Dairy Plant products are better than comparable brand or competitor products
• answering technical dairy-related product questions from the Retail Business Units, plant management, supply purchasing and customers and
• managing the day-to-day activities and development of the R&D department associate(s).

The Required Qualifications include:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science or a related field or equivalent work experience
• five or more years in a dairy manufacturing environment with two or more years of product development experience
• knowledge of ingredient functionality and interactions
• knowledge of the dairy industry and consumer trends
• knowledge of the dairy production process and equipment capabilities
• problem-solving and analytical skills
• strong organizational and time management skills
• ability to learn new, complex ideas or concepts
• ability to perform sensory analysis on dairy products
• ability to develop and conduct presentations
• be creative and have the ability to think outside the box
• ability to communicate with all levels of the organization, regulatory personnel, suppliers and customers, both orally and through written communication
• have honesty, integrity and loyalty in all situations
• ability to exhibit poise and professionalism in stressful situations and make appropriate decisions
• ability to plan effectively and prioritize tasks
• ability to handle confidential and sensitive information professionally
• working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
• excellent attendance and punctuality
• willingness to work flexible hours including nights, weekends and holidays
• willingness to continuously further knowledge of the dairy industry
• ability to travel overnight or on extended trips which may or may not include traveling by air
• good human relation skills (the ability to work well with others and be a team member)
• demonstrated enthusiasm, initiative and pride in work, and a
• commitment to Publix and our Mission.

The Preferred Qualifications include:

• Master’s Degree in Food Science or a related field
• Ten or more years in a dairy manufacturing environment with five or more years of product development experience.

Please be sure to monitor your email including your spam folder, daily for communications you may receive during the recruiting and selection process for this position. Please do not use your Publix email address when applying.

Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation email.

▪ Employee stock ownership plan that contributes Publix stock to associates each year at no cost
▪ An opportunity to purchase additional shares of our privately-held stock
▪ 401(k) retirement savings plan
▪ Group health plan (with prescription Benefits)
▪ Group dental plan
▪ Group vision plan
▪ Sick pay
▪ Long-term disability insurance
▪ Company-paid life insurance (with accidental death & dismemberment Benefits)
▪ Tuition reimbursement
▪ Vacation pay
▪ Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria
▪ Paycheck direct deposit
▪ Credit union
▪ Access to over 50 discount offers including discounts on computer, vehicle and wireless purchases
▪ 6 paid holidays (Associates can exchange the following holidays with their manager’s approval)
New Years Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day


One month's pay (pro-rated in the first year) if associate remains employed through December 31.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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