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. Ensures
that R&D projects involving product development are delivered in
accordance with customer (internal or external) time, scope and cost
objectives. Responsible 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. Project, Product Champion. Product champion for responsible
product platform. Manages product portfolio and ensures adequate balance of
project distribution within team. Ensure 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. Fits new customers into our existing
array of products or develops line extensions or product improvements for
existing customers. Meet with customers independently of supervisor, with
sales account manager to define scope of new projects. Assist in evaluation
of target brand evaluation and monitoring efforts. Product Development.
Competent in the full length of the product development cycle, which
includes conceptual development, formulation, implementation, process
validation and continuous management and improvement. Works closely with
the technical staff of customers or suppliers, mentoring junior and senior
scientists. Reviews work output of direct reports, approves for next phase
of process and mentors and develops staff skills. Develop, 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. Demonstrate product and project ownership to ensure that all
parameters are optimized for won and team projects. Review product
formulations/process characteristics across products and plants and
identify opportunities to simplify the system and/or capitalize on cost
savings opportunities. Make suggestions to supervisor and, if applicable,
senior operations management regarding potential improvements.
and Finished Product Compliance. Utilize existing product formulation
approach to assure finished product nutritional adequacy (label and
nutrition claim) applying statistical data from key raw materials (z
values). Develop a label deck from a master formula which considers all
potential processing locations. Submit product for analytical or animal
testing as required by supervisor and summarize results. Participate in
project teams to evaluate product non-conformance incidence with products
under their total portfolio responsibility. Collect and analyze information
as required to analyze raw material/process interactions. Process,
Operations and Supply Chain Support. Lead 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. Assist in process evaluation testing
as required by supervisor. Develop knowledge of critical process points in
conjunction with process engineering group. Summarize results of previous
tests and of sequential processing conditions or runs for a particular formula to assist in troubleshooting and data
interpretation. Project and Portfolio Management. Manage the total project
portfolio in accordance with overall directive of supervisor for own and
team projects. Issue 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.
Must 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.
Industry Experience: 5
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.
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