Sr. Manager Research
& Innovation - San Juan Bautista, CA
WhiteWave Foods, Inc.
USA CA San
Juan Bautista Office
our pioneering Horizon Organic, Silk, International Delight, Land O’Lakes,
Earthbound Farm, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega™ and Wallaby Organic brands in
North America and Alpro and Provamel
brands in Europe, WhiteWave Foods has made healthy,
alternative food choices mainstream, creating not just new categories, but a
new consumer mind set. At heart, we are creators, engaged in the making of a
new kind of Food Company. We are unique in possessing both the
creativity and the scale not only to meet the world’s emerging needs, but to
shape them, and help define the future of food.
As we experience growth, and as our portfolio of products grows, we maintain
a constant focus on our environmental and social responsibilities. We pursue reductions
against waste, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions throughout our
operations, focusing on our plants and our company owned farms. We are also
champions for food security, lending our support to national hunger relief
organizations and those that operate in our local communities.
is a group leader position within the WhiteWave
Foods Research and Innovation team and is a balance of hands on product
development, project management and people leadership. The role will be
responsible for the leadership of the Fresh Foods (Earthbound Farm) greens
innovation product development team. Incumbent is responsible for
providing coaching and development of the team and ensuring projects are
properly supported and delivered with technical excellence.
- Ensure the business continues
to be the leader in healthy, favorite, and sustainable food products
- Ensuring brand innovation is
developed and differentiated new products are delivered to support the
values of unrivaled quality, creativity and innovation across Fresh
Foods New Platforms (including new categories) and the existing
Earthbound Farm pipeline.
- Mitigating input costs and
enhancing margins through joined up cost leadership programs.
- Advancing the business
through technical excellence ensuring all aspects meet or exceed the
quality and product performance requirements within a managed timeline
and cost objective.
- Represent R&I on the Fresh
Foods greens Commercial team work cross functionally to set our
- Create and develop new
products, rapid prototype, and establish a robust growth pipeline
- Orchestrate work to deliver
technical programs across Innovation, Quality, and Costs
- Coach and build capabilities
in creativity, new product and category development, and
technology innovation to assure industry leading excellence in product
- Build a positive culture, grow
talent, and inspire teams
- All other duties as assigned
Preferred Candidate Qualifications:
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Food
Science or Engineering or closely related field required. Post-graduate
- At least 6 years of
progressive broad and deep product innovation, value generation, and
commercialization experience required. Strong preference for
experiences within produce and/or new platform innovation.
- At least 3 years of people
management experience required.
- A mix of career experiences
across R&D, Quality, Operations and Culinary creation is desirable
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Technical competency in fresh
food innovation and food sciences, culinary trends, ingredient
functionality, and commercialization.
- Adept understanding of
sensory, consumer, analytical and physical testing methodologies in
- Strong commercial acumen,
technical development skills, judgment and understanding of the
business and industry.
- Demonstrated leadership
strength in capability development and stakeholder management and
supplier relationships. Excellent communications skills to
interact with general management at a senior level.
- Proven ability to lead, coach,
develop and influence employees
- Position requires the ability
to travel as needed, which could be up to 20% based on business demands
WhiteWave Foods Company offers a competitive salary
and bonus potential. The company also provides a comprehensive benefits
package as well as many other company sponsored benefits.
Nothing in this job description restricts WhiteWave
Foods, Earthbound Farm, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega™ and Wallaby Organic
rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibility to this job at any
WhiteWave Foods is proud to be an Equal Opportunity
Employer. It is our policy to give equal employment opportunities to
all qualified persons without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender,
genetic testing information, sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability,
military service, status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran,
disability or any other consideration made unlawful by state, federal or
local law. All employment practices and personnel actions, including hiring,
termination, job assignment, compensation, discipline, and access to benefits
and training are made without regard to any status protected under applicable
law. It is our policy to select the most qualified person for each position
in the organization, whether that is a new hire, a transfer to another
position, or a promotion.
This policy applies to all persons involved in the operation of WhiteWave Foods, including, but not limited to,
employees, vendors, customers and their employees, contract and temporary
workers and anyone else on the Company’s property.
Public Benefit Corporation, a subsidiary of the global food company Danone,
was formed in April 2017 by merging three legacy organizations: White Wave
Foods, Dannon, and Danone Canada. We’re proud to
rank among the Top 15 food & beverage manufacturers in the US, and we’re
happy to say we are #1 in the refrigerated dairy space (excluding cheese). We
have a strong track record of leading growth: we play in on-trend,
higher-growth categories, and many of our recognizable brands – e.g., Light
& Fit®, Oikos®, and Activia®
yogurts; Silk® plant-based beverages, Horizon Organic® milk & dairy
products, and International Delight® coffee creamers – hold the #1 or #2
brand share positions in their respective segments.
As the largest public benefit corporation in the US, DanoneWave
is taking bold steps for social good in North America. We are creating an
“Alimentation Revolution,” which means we aim to nourish people, communities,
and the world. We are changing the way many of our foods and beverages are
made by evolving certain flagship brands toward the use of fewer ingredients
that are more natural, not synthetic and non-GMO. We are also working with
some of our farmer partners to plant non-GMO feed and are also committed to
sustainable agriculture, water conservation, waste reduction, animal welfare
and community engagement.
Our core values foster individual professional growth. We reward
entrepreneurialism and innovation. There truly is something very special
inside our company. You can see it reflected in our people, our products and
our culture. If you like what you have learned, we encourage you to apply and
a global company headquartered in Denver, Colorado, we offer positions in a number
of locations across the United States. . Our operations in Europe span
multiple locations in Great Britain, Belgium and other sites across the