Great Opportunity for Someone in the Research and
Established in 1992 with the goal of marrying food
science and culinary excellence to improve the quality and reduce the cost
of manufactured foods, Haliburton has grown into a specialty foods
powerhouse. We service the nation's largest national restaurant chains and
top 100 food manufacturers from our newly constructed 300,000+ sq. ft.
state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ontario, California.
The Director of Research and Development plays a key
role leading the R&D function including the oversight of a team of food
scientists, technologists, commercialization manager and support staff.
The Director of R&D will be instrumental in
supporting the company’s overall market vision of developing "scratch
quality" best-in-class commercially viable food products to the food
service industry as well as, and to a lesser degree, product development in
support of the company’s industrial and retail customer segments. The
Director of R&D will actively work with cross functional teams
including culinary, production and quality assurance.
The role of the R&D Director is,
- Is capable of developing and
formulating savory and sweet food products including hot process
"kettle cooked" sauces, salsas and soups, cold process
sauces, dips, spreads, hummus, relishes, compotes and jams, pickled
vegetables and grains.
- Is culinary-centric, food
savvy and passionate about food and product innovation.
- Stays current with respect to
industry awareness, the business climate, related commodities markets,
industry trend data and culinary innovations.
- Actively participates in the
development and expansion of product lines and product categories.
- Has a strong working
knowledge and proven track record of successful product
"matching" in related company product categories.
- Further develops and refines
R&D product development processes including but not limited to:
formula methodology, formula structure, documentation method, process
procedures, product configuration standards, product specification
management and product cataloging.
- Ensures all work tasks are
documented in accordance with SQF, company and other regulatory
- Ensures team members capture
and accurately document formulas, product yields, ingredient confirmation,
processes and quality attributes.
- Has a thorough understanding
of product preservation methods.
- Becomes a subject matter
expert relative to Haliburton’s processing and product.
- Understands and is passionate
about production commercialization.
- Ensures there are design and
experimentation principles and methods in place to support the
commercialization process and manufacturing objectives including:
product viability, manufacturing efficiency, equipment selection
validation, product performance, and repeatability.
- Is capable of effectively
selecting exemplary staff members through sound situational
interviewing practices and character evaluation technique.
- Focuses on team building
ensuring R&D staff is comprised of employees with a complimentary
balance of skill sets in the areas of new product development,
"matching", ingredient knowledge, cost optimization methods,
commercialization and product testing.
- Ensures project managers and
self are capable of developing solid working relationships with customer
contacts through rapport building, earning trust and being the
customer’s "go to" R&D contact(s).
- Creates a positive work
environment built on trust, mutual respect, collaboration and open and
- Demonstrates sound leadership
through effective listening, thorough communication, accountability,
organization, forward planning, removal of
obstacles, teamwork and rapport building.
- Mentors team members to
constantly improve and polish their presentation and interpersonal
- Collaborates/works with staff
and cross-functional teams in a productive, professional and
- Is a lifelong student
promoting the philosophy of knowledge-seeking to all team members.
- Constantly pushes team to
innovative new product gold standards.
- Can effectively articulate
and deliver on Haliburtons’ product and
go-to-market business strategy.
- Is an engaging presenter
capable of speaking comfortably in front of any size or type of audience.
- Ensures self and project managers
can demonstrate a reasonable understanding of assigned key customer
operations, menus, initiatives, goals, objectives and business
- Mentors and develops staff to
be efficient and effective in their positions always working toward
improving their performance, job knowledge and results.
- Effectively and efficiently
communicates, assigns and monitors team member work.
- Holds staff accountable to a
high degree of execution including work quality and output.
- Establishes and maintains a
work environment that is professional, well organized and
- Ensures self and team are
knowledgeable and comply with GMP’s, food handling and food safety
- Maintains an exceptionally
clean and organized lab and related storage areas promoting the
"clean as you go" standard at all times.
- Ensures staff executes
product development projects in a manner consistent with Haliburton’s
quality and professionalism expectations.
- Maintains and reinforces
Haliburton departmental appearance, behavior and attitude standards.
- Is capable, comfortable and
willing to provide team members with consistent and fair performance
- Is capable of influencing
employee behavior through positive reinforcement, coaching and
- Ensures employee performance
is documented as needed and in accordance with company policy.
- Establishes a growth plan for
all team members by clearly defining professional/business goals and
- Ensures all team members
receive formal annual performance reviews.
- Ensures all team members participate/complete any mandatory company training
programs as directed by human resources.
- Meets budgeted expenses
through conscientious use of company resources, developing and
implementing systems and controls and monitoring spending.
- Develops and manages R&D
budget and resources in accordance with company financial plan.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Education & experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Food
- Advanced business degree,
culinary training and knowledge of USDA preferred.
- 5 years’ experience in food
product development and 3 or more years’ experience in a leadership
Technical & Other Skills
- Strong knowledge of sensory
testing and consumer research methodologies.
- Moderate food cooking skills
including knife handling and cook methods.
- Thorough working
understanding of industrial food processing and packaging equipment.
- Understands principles of
food manufacturing, process flow and basic engineering.
- Extensive knowledge of
industrial food ingredient application, functionality and sensory
Communication, Interpersonal and Professional Skills
- Must be perceived by others
as a leader with positive influence among all departments.
- Manages and leads by example.
- Must be capable of
effectively communicating in writing and verbally.
- Must be an attentive
- Must be a productive attendee
at all meetings and professional gatherings by providing clear and
concise information when speaking.
- Holds self
accountable and is solution oriented.
- Must demonstrate solid
forward planning and time management skills.
- Must be detail oriented and
capable of managing multiple projects with tight deadlines.
- Capable of establishing
computer work calendars/deadlines with aggressive but achievable
Initiative & Creativity
- Must be a motivated
- Must demonstrate creativity
with respect to product development and the commercialization
- Must be a solution oriented
- Must be capable of developing
systems and plans that aid in the running of the department.
- Must have a solid
understanding of MS Windows, Excel, Word, Access, Outlook and Genesis
- Analytical and Accounting
- Must have a solid
understanding of basic accounting principles including how to analyze
and interpret income statements, profit and loss statements, business
ratios and break even analysis.
- Is capable of establishing
and managing departmental budgets.
- Is capable of using empirical
data to evaluate business performance, employee productivity, success
rates, yield analysis, throughput and product costing.
Physical Demands/work environment
- · Must be capable of
demonstrating physical demands typical of food manufacturing.
Job Type: Full-time
Local candidates only:
- * 5 years’ experience in food
product development and 3 or more years’ experience in a leadership pos: 3 years