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Innovation & Technical Manager - Emeryville, CA




Position Description:
Clif Bar & Company is looking for an INNOVATION & TECHNICAL MANAGER to join our Food Safety & Integrity Team.
The ideal candidate will have an immediate connection to our Five Aspirations, as well as embody the “Clif Bar Ingredients” (Create, Inspire, Connect, Own It, and Be Yourself).  
This candidate will be extremely flexible and enjoy a “high-change” environment where priorities shift from day to day.  Candidates, who connect through positive and respectful interaction, inspire greater success across all Five Aspirations and create extraordinary experiences, solutions and ideas will be at the top of our list.
The Innovation & Technical Manager is a newly created position with the purpose of developing and driving food safety and quality expectations into the product innovation projects through the use of strong and broad technical expertise.  This role will support new innovation and continuous improvement initiatives that are critical to the strategy and ongoing growth of Clif Bar & Company. 
Primary Responsibilities

  • Supports new product and process innovation through upstream food safety and quality expertise and evaluation. May include a variety of tactical activities.
    • Assesses ingredient, product, and facility risks in innovation process.  This will include providing preliminary allergen, ingredient and facility reviews as required, or getting appropriate team members involved.
    • Identifies potential gaps in CB&C suppliers’ or manufacturers’ readiness from FSI perspective.  Develops action plan and timeline for appropriate solutions with Director of Technology & Innovation.
    • With input and support from FSI team, provides initial approvals of potential ingredient suppliers and finished product manufacturing locations.
    • Provides allergen and ingredient reviews for innovation projects.
  • In collaboration with FSI team and other partners, ensures CB&C food safety and quality expectations and objectives are being met throughout the innovation process.
  • Develops programs, policies and SOPs for innovation projects where needed; and document the associated FSI responsibilities.
  • Provides SME guidance as needed.
  • Provides tactical support as needed to FSI team such as allergen substantiations, technical reviews, etc.

Skills Required
Position-Specific Skills Required
The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a genuine Clif Bar & Company ambassador, who exemplifies the Clif Bar culture in all communications and interactions.
  • Embody the Clif Bar Five Aspirations and Ingredients.
  • Maintain an extremely high level of organization, commitment to follow through, enthusiasm and motivation, to effectively manage relationships with both internal and external partners to Clif Bar.
  • Exemplify strong verbal/written communication, work planning and organization skills.
  • Ability to ensure projects are on track without directly handling.
  • Proven analytical and creative problem solving skills are a must.

Leadership Skills Required

  • Take ownership and responsibility for actions, behaviors and contributions.
  • Strong ability to inspire and motivate self and others.
  • Leadership through influence, management, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Influence management in a cross-functional team environment. Ability to collaborate and gain cooperation within teams.

 Technical Expertise Required

  • Advanced level food safety technical knowledge required, including demonstrated knowledge of microbiology, allergens, HACCP/HARPC, toxicology, FSMA and other food regulations with expertise in one or more food safety concentration.
  • Working knowledge of food manufacturing processes in multiple categories.
  • Knowledge of food science, product development, and quality assurance.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Technical writing skills.
  • Strong comprehension of technical briefs and reports.
  • Strong technical proficiency in risk assessments and gap analyses.
  • Proficiency with SharePoint, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Education/Training Required

  • A bachelor’s degree in food science or equivalent experience is required.
  • A master’s degree in food science or equivalent experience is desired.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in a food safety environment and/or manufacturing is required.

Travel Required

  • 10 to 20%

Be Yourself…
Take yourself lightly and your work seriously.  And…bring your best self to work each day!



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