Product Development Manager (Process Plant
Bel Group -
Little Chute, WI
Job Id 25941 - Posted 10/17/2017 - Research
/ Development - Little
Chute - United
States - Unlimited-term
With five universal brands,
including The Laughing Cow®, Mini Babybel®, Kiri®, Leerdammer®, and Boursin®, and over 25 local brands, Bel
Brands brings smiles to nearly 400 million consumers in over 130 countries.
By building on the strength of its brands, the most international names in
the cheese sector, Bel aims to lead in all its various markets. The
commitment, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit of Bel’s 10,830 employees is the growth driver of the world’s third-largest branded
To experience Bel is to be daring, pragmatic and determined to meet the
growth challenges of an international food group. Come join us and measure
the impact of your talent and energy in realizing an ambitious company
project. Be you - Be ambitious - Be Bel!
We are hiring a Product
Development Manager to manage the development projects leading to
innovation or productivity for the brands Merkt’s, Kaukauna,
Price’s and Owl’s Nest brands.
The essential duties and
responsibilities for this role are:
- Representative of Innovation
and industrial excellence at the plant: Is the primary technical resource at the plant for
the development and implementation of cold pack brands changes in
process or recipe, and the creation of new formulas; and is accountable
for the validation of the performance level (OEE, waste, cost) in the
decision process (go/no go gates)
- Trials preparation and follow
accountable for the reliability of the results and the conclusion /
recommendation of the trials. Processes data and carries out
trial reports. Shares conclusion and recommendation with technical
projects leaders or project teams.
- Continuous improvement: Works closely with all the
supervisors on the daily production concerns. Oversees and makes
adjustments to the daily cheese making processes when necessary.
Proactively pursues any necessary improvement projects identified.
- Communication and leadership: Is a key person in the
implementation of projects (innovation, renovation, industrial
excellence), change management and training of operators. Leads and
conducts meetings to rally the employees behind common goals. Manages
his/her projects on time and in full
- Bachelor’s degree in food
science or related field.
- Minimum of 5 years experience in the dairy industry.
- Demonstrated knowledge and
experience working with continuous improvement tools and lean methods
including Reliability Excellence is preferred.
- Must have excellent
communication (verbal, listening, and written) and interpersonal skills.
- Intermediate to advanced
knowledge of MS Office software required, particularly with Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Must be able to work flexible
work hours and shifts, based on projects and production demands,
including ability to travel to various locations.
Qualifications and Competencies
- Requires an individual to be
self-motivated, work without immediate supervision and must be willing
to be hands on.
- Strong organizational,
analytical and communications skills.