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Sr. Manager Research & Innovation - San Juan Bautista, CA
WhiteWave
Foods, Inc.

 

 

USA CA San Juan Bautista Office

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·        With 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.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  

This 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.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Ensure the business continues to be the leader in healthy, favorite, and sustainable food products by:
      • 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 innovation plot
    • 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 development
    • 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 degree preferred.
    • 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 fresh foods. 
    • 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

SALARY:  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 time.


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. 

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About Us

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·        DanoneWave 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 learn more.

As 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 continent.

 

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