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R&D Product Developer
Richelieu Foods 11 reviews - Madison, WI




The R&D Product Developer will lead the formulation, process development and commercialization of all new products for specific customers of Richelieuís frozen and deli pizza business. The position will work directly with customers in the creation of new products while insuring all products meet quality, food safety and manufacturing standards.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and manage timelines to insure innovative new products are delivered on time and meet or exceed our customersí expectations
  • Develop and commercialize new items for specific customers
  • Work closely with Richelieu customers and partners to translate ideas into new products
  • Maintain and improve tools and processes for documenting and maintaining new product formulas and product processes including ingredient and packaging specifications
  • Manage product samples / prototypes
  • Collaborate with procurement in sourcing new ingredients and suppliers for new products
  • Conduct line trials in collaboration with manufacturing, procurement and Quality to test and transition new products into full scale production - provide training to manufacturing & quality on production of new products
  • Proactively evaluate options to reduce cost of existing products through collaboration with Procurement, Manufacturing and Finance
  • Directs the appropriate testing of products, data and reports toward approval of modifications products
  • Ensure compliance with all food regulatory requirements, and ensure adherence to food safety and GMP's

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelorís Degree in Food Science or related field
  • Minimum of two (2) years of Product Development experience in the food industry or related field in food manufacturing
  • or Food Manufacturing experience
  • Experience with commercialization of packaged food products from lab development to full scale production

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degrees in related field or Master Degree in Business (MBA) a plus
  • Experience in Pizza Manufacturing


  • Ability to develop and maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, encouraging and building mutual trust, respect and cooperation among team members.
  • Ability to effectively work cross functionally.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with management, employees, suppliers and customers
  • Independent thinking, organizational and planning abilities and excellent analytical, problem solving and decision making skills
  • Acts with high integrity and honesty in good times and bad
  • Laser focus on execution (end to end) applying relentless rigor
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment

We offer a great opportunity with a comprehensive salary and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, short-term disability, 401K with company match, and Paid Time Off.

Richelieu Foods, Inc. is a leading national private label food manufacturer focused on frozen pizza, salad dressing, and BBQ sauce product categories. We have four manufacturing facilities located in OH, IL, IA, and WI. We provide products to many national retailers, wholesalers, distributors, club and mass stores, as well as industrial accounts including other food manufacturers.

This position is based out of our Beaver Dam, WI location.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • Product Development: 2 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's


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