Development Director - Caldwell, ID 83605
Mexican Foods, LLC
The Research and Development
Director is responsible for the R&D function across the company,
including the development, commercialization and reformulation of products.
Working closely with the sales, operations and marketing teams this person
conducts technical research and development to enable continuing innovation
in product quality and cost. The R&D Director will be well versed in food
science, technology and persuasive with customers and partners. He/she will
lead with scientific rigor and incorporate the latest research and trends to
develop and operationalize new tortilla products and best-in-class operating
Duties and Responsibilities
- Effectively collaborate with
revenue-generating customers, prospective clients and internal leaders
to develop new products and reformulations.
- Plan and implement customer
tests in conjunction with other relevant stakeholders.
- Design, monitor and document
plant trials and initial plants runs.
- Review critical data involving
product and ingredient concerns and resolve issues to support company
- Develop and verify customer specifications
including shelf life and handling procedures.
- Provide cross-functional
leadership and manage the Product Development process across the
- Independently plan and execute
experiments, including analyzing results and advocating recommendations
for optimizing product performance.
- Develop product sample
prototypes that meet product concept parameters.
- Coordinate sensory product
evaluations of both Fresca products and competing products via end-user
- Conduct competitive product evaluations
and maintain competitive product databases as required.
- Oversee all aspects of label
design, including compliance, validating nutritional assumptions,
ingredient statements and food safety risks, allergen declarations, and
generic labeling for all R&D test products.
- Develop manufacturing
specifications including submission of new or updated information to
- Collaborate with QA to ensure
quality and safety standards are met during commercial expansion plan.
- Build, maintain and achieve
product development plans and timelines.
- Lead evaluation of new
suppliers and all associated ingredients.
- Collaborate with purchasing and
quality assurance to consolidate the use of existing raw materials to
- Maintain accurate and complete
records of lab work, documentation of product ingredients used and
- Integrate new insights from
industry technologies, attend classes/seminars
to improve technical skills and industry knowledge. Shares learning in
cross-functional setting and applies learning to work assignments.
- Oversee and manage company-wide
Minimum Required Qualifications:
- B.S. Degree in Food Science and
Technology, Chemistry or Biochemistry.
- 5+ years of demonstrated
experience in R&D, QA, food science, food safety and food chemistry.
- Must have the ability to manage
new and multiple projects from concept to commercialization.
- Subject matter expert in food
and ingredient science and food processing.
- Strong knowledge of ingredient functionality/interactions.
- Must have extensive baking
- Must have strong USDA, FDA,
Kosher, Organic, Non-GMO, and Natural Products experience (including
compliance with US and International Standards).
- Solid knowledge of Food Safety
and HACCP processes.
In 1977, Fresca was founded with a
single goal: to make the industry’s freshest tortillas and provide
outstanding value to our customers while building lasting partnerships with
them. Over the last 40 years, we have done exactly that. We have grown into
one of the premier tortilla manufacturers in the US with a global reputation
for producing exceptionally pliable, fresh baked tortillas. In 2018, we moved
into our new, state-of-the-art, 190,000 sq. ft. facility, which will provide
us with additional capacity, new product capabilities, and the ability to
service virtually any customer, anywhere in the world.
In spite of our success and growth,
our guiding core values remain unchanged: quality, dedication, hard work,
integrity, accountability, and respect.
Job Type: Full-time