Research & Development
| Elk Grove Village, IL, United States
This role affords the opportunity to work strategically with cross functional
partners including from highest level of leadership to production floor thus
the right candidate will see the impact of their contribution first hand.
the new product development team to develop new, innovative pizza, &
sandwich products. Partner with quality assurance, sales, engineering,
operations and purchasing to establish ingredients, technical information,
formulations and operations/manufacturing requirements to produce new
- High functioning, creative,
collaborative project leadership.
- Independent development of
bench-top product prototypes based on criteria provided by customer, sales
and Director R&D; work with sales team through initial steps of
Stage Gate process to initiate, complete and revise product prototypes.
Prepare for customer facing product presentations and internal cuttings
- Collaborative development of
internally driven innovation. Bringing ideas to the team, working with
internal resources to create and present ideas to leadership
- Follow-through on sample
refinements based on sales, marketing and customer feedback.
- Critical timeline development,
understanding critical path and go/ no-go approvals.
- Determine ingredient needs
,source raw materials for bench-top samples and initial plant runs;
Including base line pricing and specifications
- Oversee initial production runs
of new products and testing runs. Function as Project Manager for launch
(including but not limited to BOM and process sheet set up, launch
meetings, launch guidance until open items are resolved).
- Research ingredients cost,
manufacturing cost and quality issues to insure prototype products have
a high probability to meet criteria upon scale-up.
- Work with R&D, QA,
production and purchasing to ensure all information is received,
understood and within the parameters of company and regulatory
- Document and track product
development progress consistently and accurately, openly sharing
information with and explaining information to internal customers and
- Understand ingredients cost
against target finished good cost.
- Understand manufacturability of
ingredient selection and potential associated costs such as waste,
impact on run rate or new equipment.
- Situational leadership
including piers, operations crew, interns and others where reporting
structure may not be there but leadership is needed.
- Makes Decisions based on a
mixture of information, analysis, experience and judgment
- Understands how to separate and
combine tasks into efficient work flow
- Can flex style to adapt to
others when necessary and demonstrates ability to update priorities
- Works well with others to
jointly achieve goals
- Monitors and evaluates plans,
focuses on results and measures attainment of outcomes
- Used different ways of
conveying a message to add clarity and meaning to communications
- Acts as a resource to approach
issues or disagreements with the objective of reaching win/win solutions
- Bachelor’s degree in Food
Science, Food Technology or related area.
- Minimum 5 years in food product
- Prior experience with product
formulation required, dough based development experience a plus.
- Knowledge of current food
industry trends including food and packaging processing methods and
- Proficiency in the use of MS
Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other software
specific to function.
- Ability to effectively use
typical lab and kitchen equipment.
- Appreciation for and
demonstration of the scientific method in work conducted.
Little Lady Foods is the leader in custom frozen food manufacturing for over
30 years. We create specialty pizzas and gourmet sandwiches for the most
well-known retailers, restaurants and food service companies…all on a
We use our industry knowledge and expertise to develop custom, signature food
products that give companies a competitive edge. Little Lady Foods takes
pride in understanding the ever-changing marketplace today and anticipates
customers’ needs tomorrow. We tailor recipes, ingredients and the entire
production process to fit the needs of each company— from concept to
Our focus is on YOU, our customer. We develop and deliver business-building
food ideas that will perfectly suit your needs. This commitment to excellence
results in fine-tuning the product to exceed expectations and distinguish the
Little Lady Foods specializes in gourmet/artisan pizzas, organic, all
natural/GMO free, creative or original flavor profiles, nutritional, healthy
kids' pizzas, or pizzas with ethnic/culturally inspired ingredients. We are
on top of the trends.
All our USDA facilities are certified SQF Level 3, the highest for food
safety and quality assurance practices. Little Lady Foods adheres to the
highest possible standards for the production, processing, preparation and
safe handling of food at every level of the supply chain.