The R&D Director will play a leadership role in
guiding the new product development on our core businesses as well as
driving new category innovation. This role will ensure R&D activities
drive to achieve strategic objectives, improve market position and optimize
profitability. Through close partnership with the marketing, sales and
supply chain teams he/she will lead the development and commercialization
new core products, optimization of current offerings and identification and
execution of cost savings initiatives.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Collaborate with Marketing and
Sales to develop innovation plans.
- Leverage consumer insights and
emerging technologies to guide product innovation and renovation plans
- Leverage internal and external
resources to identify emerging technologies and translate these into
new product ideas that are aligned with the business strategy.
- Lead product development,
process development and ingredient technology efforts to develop and
commercialize new and improved products, cost optimization and quality
- Manage a complex and dynamic
project portfolio to ensure attainment of business goals, including
prioritization and execution strategy.
- Ensure robust
experimentation/design principles and commercialization processes to
achieve project objectives and commercial requirements (manufacturing
efficiency, stability, shelf life).
- Manage technical personnel,
including priority setting, coaching and skill development
- Develop and lead annual cost
- Develop and manage R&D
Department budget, ensuring efficient utilization of resources and
achievement of annual business plan.
- Collaborate with key customers
as required to drive customer specific innovation
- Ensure ongoing evaluation of
the competitive landscape and competitive innovation.
- Minimum BS in Food Science or a
related field. Advanced business degree, culinary training and
knowledge of USDA. Minimum 15 years’ experience in food R&D, with
at least 5 years’ experience leading technical professionals.
- Excellent understanding of the
product development process and innovation stage gate principles
- Strong knowledge of the
interaction between culinary art, food science and nutrition
- Strong knowledge of sensory and
consumer research methodologies
- Experience with packaged food
safety and government regulatory requirements
- Demonstrated ability to develop
and execute technology strategy that delivers on business needs
- Strong project management
skills and excellent communication, both oral and written
- People leadership skills and
the ability to manage, mentor and develop others.
SALARY: ** DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE (EXEMPT)OR fax to (559) 591-1593.
E-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
EOE M/F/D/V or Send resume to Human Resources, P.O. Box 37, Dinuba, CA
Job Type: Full-time
- Research & Development: 10
- Leading technical
professionals: 5 years