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Director, Product Development, Food Science - Boston, MA

Chew Innovation

 

 

 

 


THE ROLE

We are looking for a unique balance of creative and practical - someone self-motivated and driven, but also team-oriented and obsessed with the details. As a Director – Product Development (Food Science), you must have a deep knowledge of the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry and proven experience in research and development within the food and beverage industry. You must have a strong desire to innovate, to stay current on trends and advancements within the industry, and to build effective, collaborative development teams to invent novel ideas and new techniques. As the senior leader of a product development team, you will play a key role in setting and implementing the strategy to increase critical core competencies in the area of food science and development.  

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Provide operational, functional, and technical leadership to the team to assure effective product development and implementation planning, resourcing, and prioritization to meet objectives
  • Foster and maintain a winning team culture that expects excellence, that rewards teamwork, results, problem solving, and innovative thinking, and that recognizes initiative, creativity and work well done
  • Work with senior leadership in identifying, implementing, and enforcing best practices in the areas of product development, commercialization, project management, leadership, science & engineering, and product quality
  • Accountable for driving research against sound scientific principles and methodologies that assure the highest quality standards across the team
  • Together with the Assistant Director(s), coordinate the project activities of the development team to ensure products are prototyped, approved, and ready to be tested and delivered as agreed upon with clients
  • Review current KPIs/metrics on product quality, delivery, and profitability to identify areas for improvement, best practices and future focus
  • Work with the Science & Technology team to manage intellectual property (IP) strategies in own area, effectively ensuring Company’s intellectual assets and freedom to operate are protected
  • Participate in the development of policies, procedures, practices, and processes to enhance overall product development outcomes, quality assurance, and cost effectiveness
  • Establish external relationships, and maintain memberships and leadership roles in relevant professional industry organizations, to gather competitive intelligence on restaurant and snack products; may also attend relevant trade association events to further develop industry expertise, knowledge and network
  • Build relationships with existing and potential food service and co-manufacturing partners to develop mutually beneficial product solutions
  • Assist business development, marketing and client relations teams in planning sessions with existing and potential clients to discuss new and expanded opportunities, and serve as a subject matter expert in food science
  • Execute and deliver step change in product delivery, culture, and discipline
  • Attract, develop and retain highly effective professionals and support staff; oversee people processes and programs to cultivate a bench of leadership and talent to deliver results and support future growth
  • Identify individual and team skill gaps, developmental areas, and opportunities (e.g., training, special assignments, projects, etc.) to advance individual and team capability
  • Together with the Assistant Director(s), evaluate and determine hiring, promotion, salary recommendations, and all employment-related decisions
  • Manage the team’s expenses against the team's annual budget

WHAT YOU WILL BRING TO CHEW                                                                                                       

For this role, we’re seeking candidates with the following qualifications:

  • BS in Food Science or Food Engineering required; graduate degree (MS/PhD) is preferred
  • At least 15 years of experience in research and development within the food and beverage industry, with at least 10 years of hands-on experience in CPG product development and commercialization across multiple product lines
  • Proven ability to transform ideas and concepts to realizable, actionable, and repeatable manufacturing recipes and formulas
  • At least 5 years of experience leading successful multi-disciplinary product development teams
  • Proven history of mentorship and development of junior associates to take on increasing responsibility and tasks

Other skills and attributes which will contribute to success in this role:

  • High impact, results-oriented, persuasive and visible leadership style
  • Self-directed with the ability to independently resolve issues, and to manage client relationships and project deliverables
  • Energetic, curious, positive, can-do attitude, with a strong sense of urgency and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and adherence to stringent food safety standards
  • Ability to deliver results in a lean, unstructured, fast paced, deadline-driven environment, and to balance multiple and changing priorities
  • Ability to effectively mentor, coach, and evaluate team members to create a strong and collaborative team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to comfortably interact across all levels internally and within client organizations
  • Strong presentation skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate accurate and effective presentations to a variety of audiences (e.g. internal/external, technical/non-technical)
  • Demonstrated ability to garner external partner enthusiasm and support for next-generation product concepts
  • Experience with ingredient research or ingredient science and application
  • Advanced knowledge of food science, product development and consumer research trends within the food industry

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • The ability to travel domestically and internationally, up to 25% of the time, is essential
  • The ability to bend, to stand and to reach above shoulder-level is necessary; occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds will be required

 

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