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Product Development Manager, R&D
Starbucks Coffee Company 4.18,102 reviews - Seattle, WA

 

 

 

Job Summary and Mission This job contributes to Starbucks success by identifying, planning and completing multiple, broad, complex project assignments related to the development of food and beverage products that support the successful execution of company initiatives. Manages all phases of project progression. Models and acts in accordance with Starbucks guiding principles. Summary of Key Responsibilities Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Gathers, analyzes and maintains product and technology trend information and conducts idea generation sessions to initiate creation of new food and beverage concepts and products. Designs and conducts benchtop experiments and tests, including Product Guidance testing recommendations, plant trials and in-market testing to deliver project requirements. May supervise temporary and permanent lab technicians in the execution of assigned tasks. Identifies potential suppliers and manages their development of key ingredients and products. Develops and maintains key industry relationships. Maintains project file, develops technical manual, and documents intellectual property.
  • Identifies project requirements and prepares project plans for approval, prioritization and allocation of technical and financial resources. Identifies key technical hurdles and deliverables to ensure success. Identifies new product opportunities and technologies for presentation to senior management. Assists in developing and managing group budget.
  • Leads the commercialization phase of projects by developing product and process specifications and conducting plant testing for selected prototypes. Develops initial cost of goods, packaging, labeling and regulatory information. Ensures that products and processes have met initial quality assurance, safety and risk assessment requirements.
  • Organizes and directs work activities. Develops work plans and cross-functional timelines. Establishes key technical performance indicators and measures to ensure progress to commercialization and implementation consistent with project timelines. Manages the project information flow and updates cross-functional team, management and senior management. May guide work of lab technicians and project leaders. Provides feedback to management on cross-functional team performance.
  • Supports the start-up and implementation of the product. Negotiates revisions to technical information in the specifications. Develops Recipe Card and finished product preparation targets. Prepares commercialization summaries and project reports. Consults on development of training materials. Transitions project to Supply Chain and Coffee Operations (SCCO) and Quality Assurance. Identifies and leads ongoing technical improvements.

Starbucks is an equal opportunity employer of all qualified individuals, including minorities, women, veterans & individuals with disabilities. Starbucks will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with all federal, state, and local ordinances.

Required experience:

  • Food Science / food/beverage product development: 3 years

 

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