JOB PURPOSE: This position is responsible for
taking new, improved and optimized products from concept through
successful commercialization by utilizing skills in formulation, product
and consumer testing, and translation from bench to large scale
RESPONSIBILITIES AND INFLUENCE:
Leads technical components of a project by
coordinating activities of a cross functional team.
Works with internal ingredient team and external vendors to select raw
materials for a given product.
Presents iterative prototypes/concepts to business team members, makes
technical recomendations to meet project
Develops specifications and testing protocol for new products based on
critical consumer and customer attributes.
Identifies and presents new and innovative technical solutions and
product ideas to the broader organization.
Supports cost savings initiatives through ingredient, product &
Provides technical support to Marketing & Sales as required.
Provides troubleshooting support at the plant level as need arises.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:
Creates an environment that encourages and teamwork
and collaboration, both internally and externally.
Excellent problem solving skills, viewing the problem as a whole and
working with others as needed to resolve it.
Willingness to challenge the status quo and ignite change by actively
sharing proven ideas and technologies.
Excellent project and time management skills. Self-directed with minimal
Strong written, oral, and facilitation skills.
Ability to evaluate and communicate project status,
issues or risk appropriately.
Conveys technical information in understandable terms to all levels of
Development experience in multiple product
categories, dry mix products including baking, and/or beverage is a plus.
Strong background in ingredient application. Understanding of flours,
leavening, hydrocolloids, fats and flavors is desirable.
Experience in product scale up and comfort in a manufacturing environment
Systems thinker; understands the linkage of activities during
commercialization and principles of design for manufacturing.
Understanding of common consumer and market research. Ability to apply
insights throughout the development process.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer applications to access
information, analyze data and solve problems.
Personal and Social Competence
High integrity and honesty, promoting trust in all
Effective working relationships with internal/external counterparts:
Manufacturing, Quality, Marketing, Supply Chain, Vendors.
Enjoys working in a results-oriented, customer focused, team environment.
Ability to turn around projects at a fast pace.
Flexible with ability to handle changing timelines and priorities.
Creative and change-oriented, willing to constructively challenge the
Physical – standing, bending, and lifting of product (up to 50 lbs)
Willingness and ability to travel 15-25%
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
B.S. or M.S in Food Science or related field.
3+ years progressive product development
experience. Previous work in a Consumer Products environment is required.
Working knowledge of Stage Gate commercialization process is desirable.
The policy of Continental Mills, Inc. is to hire,
train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law,
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status,
presence of sensory, mental or physical disability, Vietnam veteran, or