R&D - Product
Development Manager - New Boston, MI 48164
Take the lead in research, design
and recommendation of new products resulting from Concept to Market meetings,
customer requests or management direction. Work with research sciences,
operations and other resources to assess product feasibility, costs and revenue
potential in the market. Define product specifications for product
development initiatives that meet or exceed all product requirements,
regulatory standards, including but not limited to Federal Drug
Administration (FDA), Global Food Safety Initiatives (GFSI), USDA, or other
quality and food safety requirements. This position will operate under
minimal supervision from management and have discretion to adjust formulas,
product evaluations or other variables during the development phase. This
position will directly supervise the Food Technicians
Essential Job Functions:
- Lead efforts involved in new
product/processes development and improvement, including but not limited
to product concept, design, ingredients, cost, production and packaging.
- Initiate, evaluate plans
direct, execute, implement and report on activities related to the
development of new products, improvements or cost savings ideas.
- Create and manage approved
specifications and document results of experimental and developmental
- Provide leadership to product
testing pilots, including quality, cost, feasibility and production
potential of all new products
- Work with cross-functional
teams to deliver projects for top and bottom line growth.
- Identify opportunities for
competitive market advantages.
- Investigate and document any
compliance issues. Provide results to management and make
recommendations related to results of investigations.
- Maintain all recordkeeping
related to research and development projects or issues.
- Provide leadership to the
research & development team by directly supervising all Food
- Follow regulatory and
technological changes that may affect the food industry by maintaining
professional contacts with peers in industry, universities and
- Work with ingredient or other
suppliers as required.
- Travel to customer or vendor
sites as needed.
Supplemental Job Functions:
- Participate in project teams or
perform work additional work assignments as requested. Collaborate with
other work groups to promote and sustain plant quality systems.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills and
- Bachelor degree in Food
Science, Microbiology, or related field.
- Minimum of four (4) years’
experience in product research and development. Knowledge of food production
and packaging a plus.
- Knowledge of chemical
composition, structure and properties of substances, chemical processes,
production techniques, product specifications, safety, sanitary and food
storage and handling techniques.
- Three to five years of project
management experience. Demonstrated ability to move products from
ideation to commercialization.
- In depth knowledge of
requirements for nutritional data and regulatory requirements from USDA
and FDA as well as state and local health and food safety code. Previous
experience with American Institute of Baking (AIB), BRC and HACCP
- Evidence of highly developed
research skills and ability to find, analyze, interpret and critique
data quickly and accurately. Evidence of strong analytical and
organization skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
- Strong problem solving skills
with the ability to apply clear logic to troubleshoot and resolve
conflicts and unexpected outcomes.
- Evidence of effective
communication skills, including the ability to present technical
information to a variety of audiences. Demonstrated strong interpersonal
and relationship-building skills with both internal and external
- Evidence of computer
proficiency (database, Internet, Microsoft Office, etc.).
- Ability and willingness to
travel as needed.
- Food manufacturing environment.
Job Type: Full-time
- Manufacturing: 3 years
- R&D: 4 years (Required)