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Career Opportunities: R&D Manager - Patisserie - Los Angeles, CA (7047)






Hiring request Id 7047 - Posted 24/01/2018 - Research & Development - Country (1) - Work Location (1)

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Do you have the appetite to Grow Your Magic?


Consumers everywhere are increasingly conscious of the quality of the food they eat. Puratos develops, produces and distributes a unique range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers who demand the very highest quality.

Founded in Belgium in 1919, Puratos is growing rapidly with over 7900 employees in 68 countries, with a consolidated turnover of over €1,7 billion in 2016. Our passion for innovation, pioneering spirit and core values continue to propel our global ambitions. This, coupled with our commitment to our communities is what makes working at Puratos so magical.



Position Overview


Based out of our Southwestern Region, in order to further strengthen our national R&D team we are currently seeking an:


R&D Manager Patisserie

(Rancho Dominguez, CA)


Reporting directly to the R&D Director West Coast, the successful candidate for this key function will be responsible for ensuring the research, development and/or adaptation of the Patisserie products (Patisserie Mixes + Fillings & Décor) and provide the technical assistance to the sales groups at Puratos Corporation in order to contribute to the business growth and operational efficiency. The main areas of activity are the Customers of the Southwest & Northwest Regions; contributing to the R&D activities for other regions may also be required to a lesser extent.



Key Accountabilities


·        Development of new products and concepts

o   Development of products in line with the yearly marketing plan by active participation in the Stage & Gate process;

o   Tailor-made customer demands by following our Innovation Process;

o   Includes formulation and standardized baking tests.

·        Optimization/Adaptation of existing formulas

o   Participate pro-actively in optimization of existing portfolios (SKU reduction, positioning, ...);

o   Participate to cost reduction programs by leading the reformulation of products while maintaining their performance; these programs include raw material rationalization.

·        Business Development support to Sales:

o   Identify new business opportunities at large customers (prospection);

o   Propose & implement appropriate solutions (existing and new) based on market demands and the Company’s priorities/marketing plan;

o   Detect products at risk;

o   Make internal and external presentation and seminars explaining and promoting the benefits of our products and technologies;

o   Participate in strategic exercises. This should be based on a good understanding of the local market (SW + NW);

o   Actively participate to the business development of the Western region (Southwest & Northwest), including but not limited to regional business/strategic meetings, regional daily R&D support.

·        Support to Operations and TQM:

o   Provide support to Operations for product implementations and in case of quality issues : provide technical expertise, conduct root-cause analysis and provide rework instructions;

o   Ensure that all steps are respected for a faultless implementation of new products in production;

o   Review the non-conformities with QC on a yearly basis and propose optimizations to prevent them;

o   Support the TQM requirements (including SQF).

·        Manage accurately all technical administration

o   Ensure complete documentation on raw materials, formulations, process parameters, item requests, QC tests, labelling, TDS...  on new or revised products;

o   Build an accessible project documentation in line with our Innovation Process by using the appropriate tools;

o   Support the Technical Documentation department;

o   Ensure confidentiality on formulas and know-how;

o   Monthly reporting to R&D Director/Senior R&D manager and to the R&D manager of the category in HQ.

·        Build expertise & network in specialty area

o   Work to become a leading expert in the Patisserie category by training and acquiring field experience;

o   Ensure a functional link with the BU specialists in the Belgium Headquarters;

o   Build around the expertise an active network of high commercial value of customers, equipment manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, researchers and the international Puratos R&D community;

o   Provide intelligence on innovative raw materials & technologies that can differentiate our products.

·        Ensure premium performances of the R&D lab by designing standardized baking tests and respecting the 5S and GMP policy.

·        Act with Safety in mind.

·        Food Safety :

o   Comply with our food safety procedures in all activities;

o   Report all food safety and quality issues to immediate Supervisor and /or head of Quality.

·        Responsible for any other assignment given by the direct superior.




·        Academic degree: Bachelor or Master degree in food science

·        Experience: minimum 5 years of experience in food product development / technical sales, ideally in baking industry or ingredients related to the baking industry

·        Languages: English (Spanish is a plus)

·        ICT: standard windows

·        Other expertise: Excellent written & verbal communication skills

·        Travel: up to 50% to time




Puratos provides a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment that encourages our people to take initiatives and bring ideas that will contribute to the success of the company. Of course Puratos offers a competitive package (salary, group insurance, healthcare, training…) but additionally, offers you a position that you can further develop and shape.

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