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Food Product Development Manager 
CPS, Inc. - 
Chicago, IL 



$125,000 a year

Food Product Development Manager
The Food Product Development Manager will lead and drive product innovation projects and platforms for the organization. Key categories will include candy, beverage syrups, fillings, savory sauces and condiments.
*Will work with the Director to translate key strategic initiatives into goals and deliverables for all products and customers.
*Will stay aware of industry news and trends to assist with forming product strategies.
*Keeps organization abreast of technical product innovations and applies them appropriately to positively impact the business.
*Will manage and develop assigned members of the Food Innovation Team.
*Partner with the commercialization team to ensure products are successfully produced for the system, including attending plant trials when needed.
*Partners with QA, Regulatory, etc. to ensure safety and consistency of all products.
*Leads and promotes cross-functional knowledge sharing and best practices.
*Engages with customer, helping to identify product opportunities and solutions. Articulate customer needs back to organization. Works with customer to understand goals, and establish guidelines for projects. Understands customerís operational platforms, and develops product to meet their needs.
*With procurement, be able to identify, partner, develop, and manage a supplier base to deliver technical and creative product solutions.
*Participate in product innovation sessions and consumer research sessions when needed.
*Help establish an innovation culture for the organization.
*Responsibility breakdown as follows: 40% product innovation, 40% formulation development, and 20% leadership.

*Bachelorís degree in Food Science or related scientific discipline (Masterís preferred).
*5+ years of experience including three to five years of product innovation leadership responsibility as a Food Technologist.
*Prior experience in a production environment (ex. scale-ups, start-ups) and sensory analysis experience necessary.
*A passion for food and culinary arts a plus.
*Strong ability to communicate and engage with suppliers and customers a must, with the ability to influence decisions when appropriate.
*Prior experience with liquid product development necessary for success in this role.
*Strong project management skills.
*Must be able to travel up to 50%.

**For more information regarding this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Tamra Sanders at 815.756.1221. Job 130.16TS

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $125,000.00 /year

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

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