Simmons Foods, INC.
Simmons Pet Food
Division is looking for a Group Manager, R&D, for their facility in
Emporia, KS to provide leadership to a team of direct reports in addition
to being an individual contributor of project responsibilities.
that R&D projects involving product development are delivered in
accordance with customer (internal or external) time, scope and cost
for the development of new products and / or improvement of existing
products, takes leadership in innovation and technology initiatives to meet
customer support and strategic business objectives.
Product Champion. Product champion for responsible product platform.
product portfolio and ensures adequate balance of project distribution
that proposed timelines fit with prior project performance history (by type
and customer) as well as existing project load of assigned individual and
that the project plan proposed includes all necessary steps.
new customers into our existing array of products or develops line
extensions or product improvements for existing customers.
with customers independently of supervisor, with sales account manager to
define scope of new projects.
in evaluation of target brand evaluation and monitoring efforts. Product
in the full length of the product development cycle, which includes
conceptual development, formulation, implementation, process validation and
continuous management and improvement.
closely with the technical staff of customers or suppliers, mentoring
junior and senior scientists.
work output of direct reports, approves for next phase of process and
mentors and develops staff skills.
bench test, scale-up, and commercialize new products/technologies in
accordance with guidelines established in Project Initiation Request.
Factors include product attributes as well as development costs, finished
product costs, and timing.
product and project ownership to ensure that all parameters are optimized
for won and team projects.
product formulations/process characteristics across products and plants and
identify opportunities to simplify the system and/or capitalize on cost
suggestions to supervisor and, if applicable, senior operations management regarding potential improvements.
Regulatory and Finished Product Compliance.
existing product formulation approach to assure finished product
nutritional adequacy (label and nutrition claim) applying statistical data
from key raw materials (z values).
a label deck from a master formula which considers all potential processing
product for analytical or animal testing as required by supervisor and
in project teams to evaluate product non-conformance incidence with
products under their total portfolio responsibility.
and analyze information as required to analyze raw material/process
Operations and Supply Chain Support.
supply chain initiatives including formula transfer among plants,
evaluation of new suppliers of raw materials, increased or decreased use of
existing raw materials, and evaluation of processing parameters.
in process evaluation testing as required by supervisor.
knowledge of critical process points in conjunction with process
results of previous tests and of sequential processing conditions or runs
for a particular formula to assist in troubleshooting and data
and Portfolio Management.
the total project portfolio in accordance with overall directive of
supervisor for own and team projects.
project updates and alert supervisor of circumstances which may impact
ability to deliver desired results with contingency plan in place. Issue
project final reports are requested.
Bachelor's Degree in Meat Science, Animal Science, or Food Science or 4
years related work experience.
have excellent computer skills with respect to the Microsoft Office Suite.
Experience with Concept 5 is a plus. Will be expected to quickly learn the
business integration software suites including JDE and IQS.
years’ experience in product development and technical services is
required. Experience requirements are commensurate with education.
Experience in commercial product and/or process development is required.
Preferred: R&D knowledge/experience in
food or pet food. Experience in commercial product development. Knowledge
of animal nutrition and food formulation. A working knowledge of current
pet food/food regulations in various countries. Knowledge of animal
nutrition and food formulation and thermal process.
Must have experience
in Pet Food R&D.
Job Type: Full-time
- product development and
technical services: 5 years
- Pet Food R&D: 1 year