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Senior R&D Manager - Plant Based Food & Beverages - Broomfield, CO






Date: Jan 22, 2018

Location: Broomfield, CO, US

Company: DANONE

USD - Dannon within ESSENTIAL DAIRY & PLANT-BASED is looking for a Senior R&D Manager - Plant Based Food & Beverages in the United States (US) for Broomfield, Colorao.

With our global presence, brands and business within our mission "bringing health through food to as many people as possible" we believe that people growth is a key asset to reach a sustainable business performance.
Take this opportunity to GROW together!




COMPANY DESCRIPTION:  DanoneWave Public Benefit Corporation, a subsidiary of the global food company Danone, was formed in April 2017 by merging three legacy organizations: White Wave Foods, Dannon, and Danone Canada.  We’re proud to rank among the Top 15 food & beverage manufacturers in the US, and we’re happy to say we are #1 in the refrigerated dairy space (excluding cheese). We have a strong track record of leading growth:  we play in on-trend, higher-growth categories, and many of our recognizable brands – e.g., Light & Fit®, Oikos®, and Activia® yogurts; Silk®  plant-based beverages, Horizon Organic®  milk & dairy products, International Delight®  coffee creamers – hold the #1 or #2 brand share positions in their respective segments.    

As the largest public benefit corporation in the US, DanoneWave is taking bold steps for social good in North America. We are creating an “Alimentation Revolution,” which means we aim to nourish people, communities, and the world.  We are changing the way many of our foods and beverages are made by evolving certain flagship brands toward the use of fewer ingredients that are more natural, not synthetic and non-GMO.  We are also working with some of our farmer partners to plant non-GMO feed and are also committed to sustainable agriculture, water conservation, waste reduction, animal welfare and community engagement.



This is a group leader position within the DanoneWave Research and Development organization and is a balance of hands on product development, project management and people leadership. The role will be responsible for the leadership of the Plant-based Food & Beverages product development team supporting the brands of Silk and So Delicious Dairy Free.  Incumbent is responsible for providing coaching and development of the team and ensuring projects are properly supported and delivered with technical excellence.




  • Ensure the business continues to be the leader in healthy, favorite, and sustainable food products by:
    • Ensuring brand innovation is developed and differentiated new products are delivered to support the values of unrivaled quality, creativity and innovation across the plant-based food & beverage platform (including new categories) and the existing brand pipelines.
    • Mitigating input costs and enhancing margins through joined up cost leadership programs.
    • Advancing the business through technical excellence ensuring all aspects meet or exceed the quality and product performance requirements within a managed timeline and cost objective.
  • Work with business and commercial leaders to set and activate product development pipeline and innovation pipeline for the plant-based business.
  • Create and develop new products, rapid prototype, and establish a robust growth pipeline.
  • Orchestrate work to deliver technical programs across innovation, manufacturing, quality, and costs.
  • Coach and build capabilities in creativity, new product and category development, and technology innovation to assure industry leading excellence in product development.
  • Build a positive culture, grow talent, and inspire teams.
  • All other duties as assigned.



Preferred Candidate Qualifications:


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Engineering or closely related field required. Post-graduate degree preferred.
  • At least 8 years of progressive broad and deep product innovation, value generation, and commercialization experience required. Strong preference for experiences within the ice cream industry.  
  • At least 3 years of people management experience required.
  • A mix of career experiences across R&D, Quality, and Culinary creation is desirable.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Technical competency in non-dairy, plant-based food science & innovation, trends, ingredient functionality, and commercialization.
  • Adept understanding of sensory, consumer, analytical and physical testing methodologies in plant-based food & beverages. 
  • Strong commercial acumen, technical development skills, judgment and understanding of the business and industry. 
  • Experience and understanding of food forward consumer trends, including culinary as well as technical/regulatory experience with non-gmo, organic, and/or clean-label food design.
  • Demonstrated leadership strength in capability development and stakeholder management and supplier relationships.   Excellent communications skills to interact with general management at a senior level.
  • Proven ability to lead, coach, develop and influence employees.
  • Experience and passion for creativity and innovation, including consumer-centric approaches.
  • Position requires the ability to travel as needed, which could be up to 50% based on business demands.

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The Dannon Company is a US-subsidiary of Danone, a Fortune 500 company and one of the most successful health-focused food companies in the world with leading positions in fresh dairy products, water, baby nutrition and medical nutrition.  Danone’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Our core values foster individual professional growth. We reward entrepreneurialism and innovation. There truly is something very special inside our company. You can see it reflected in our people, our products and our culture. If you like what you have learned, we encourage you to apply and learn more.

Dannon is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

Nearest Major Market: Denver 

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