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Associate Product Development Manager - Seafood


Own Brand Development


San Antonio, TX

Job Description

H-E-B Company is one of the largest, independently owned food retailers in the nation operating over 350 stores throughout Texas and Mexico, with annual sales generating over $20 billion. Described by industry experts as a daring innovator and smart competitor, H-E-B has led the way with creative new concepts, outstanding service and a commitment to diversity in our workforce, workplace and marketplace. H-E-B offers a wealth of career opportunities to our 80,000 + Partners (employees), competitive compensation and benefits program and comprehensive training that lead to successful careers.

Job Summary: Center of Excellence focused Product development (formulation and strategy)

Essential Functions / Process Responsibilities include the following; other duties may be assigned as necessary


  • The Associate I PDM is the orientation job for the Product Development Manager career path for partners who have no experience in Consumer Package Goods (CPG) Product Development Management (PDM) and Retailer functions combined.
  • It is intended to be an intensive growth and development position during a limited time of 12 24 months and is not a long term position.
  • Performs duties of PDA, as well as the following:
  • Learns and participates in all product development and maintenance activities relating to specific categories assigned with training PDM.
  • Participates and learns in the process of understanding market trends, product development practices, product evaluations, specification documentation, ingredient and nutrition of their assigned categories in conjunction with their training PDM.
  • Works with training PDM to learn and participate in decisions on competitive analysis and evaluations, project planning, product development, analytical testing, manufacturing and maintenance related to such decisions.
  • Participates in or coordinates special projects as assigned by the Dir Own Brand.
  • Works collaboratively with QA, Procurement, CIC, OBMs, Regulatory, Self Manufacturing, Global Sourcing, Supplier and other related areas.
  • Works with PDM to ensure products are successfully developed to meet quality and attributes objectives and financial objectives.
  • Completes an Apprenticeship program with HEB Self Manufacturing of ~ 3 months.

Education and Experience preferred


  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science or related field preferred or comparable experience
  • Master's Degree preferred
  • 0-3+ years experience in the industry
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Key Competencies preferred


  • Good, effective communication skills within all aspects of the Company. Strong written/verbal communication skills and presentation skills.
  • Good ability to work collaboratively on a cross-functional team and department-wide initiatives. Good negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Good ability to solve problems within and across Departments. Ability to navigate through the organization
  • Demonstrate initiative and willingness to take appropriate risks
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • Good ability to prioritize and manage workload with multiple deadlines (strong multi-tasking capabilities)
  • Provides proactive solutions with limited direction and input
  • Demonstrates ability to work well with people and influence their activities for efficiency
  • Demonstrates success in working complex issues with senior colleagues.
  • Good working knowledge of consumer trends and the ability to identify and define key product quality and sensory attributes
  • Good working knowledge of production and process management
  • Good working knowledge of product development

Physical and Other Requirements


  • Function in a fast-paced, retail, office environment
  • Travel by car or airplane with overnight stays
  • Travel globally with extended stays
  • Sit for an extended period of time
  • Lift 20 lbs or more on a regular basis
  • Work extended hours

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