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Director of Product Development - Concord, NC
S&D Coffee and Tea






S&D Coffee and Tea is seeking a Director of Product Development to strategize and manage product development for its coffee, tea, and emerging beverages portfolio. From concept to commercialization, the Director of Product Development will have an integral role developing new revenue streams for the company and furthering our position in better for you beverages.

Role Description

  • Design and implement department plans in line with corporate strategic objectives
  • Lead innovation processes and product development activities, drive revenue growth from new products and product optimization
  • Oversee process and protocol development, ensure a culture of continuous improvement
  • Lead ongoing evaluation of work processes in product development, product approval, and quality assurance to keep pace with the changing needs of our company and customers
  • Proactively partner with sales organization to understand regional strategies and customer targets and develop strong systems to manage custom-driven requests
  • Also proactively partner with marketing to develop a forward-looking product development pipeline to address channel and customer goals
  • Develop business cases for new products
  • Prioritize and balance project work based on business partner needs, greatest financial opportunities, technical risks, and key metrics
  • Understand manufacturing capabilities, create sound commercialization plans
  • Lead and manage a talented team with industry experience ranging from 1 years to 20+ years
  • Participate in cross functional teams, interface regularly with sales, marketing, operations, global procurement, and accounting
  • Manage relationships with external partners around innovation and new product development

You will have the opportunity to lead and grow the team responsible for a key element of S&D's strategic goals and objectives. You will play a key role in driving results and process improvements. You will be working for a growing, Publicly traded, financially sound company with a wonderful history. S&D is premium, well-respected and envied brand in the industry.


  • 10 or more years product development experience, experience in beverages preferred
  • Master's degree in Food Science or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Solid business acumen, results-orientation
  • Ability to translate corporate goals into clear, concise, and actionable plan; proven success executing plans successfully
  • Collaborative, compassionate leader with at a least 7+ years of managerial experience with proven success in developing talent, leading large teams, and working multi-generationally
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership, strategic planning, problem solving, and project execution spanning multiple disciplines and teams
  • Expert knowledge of product development processes and procedures required

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Management: 5 years
  • Product Development: 8 years


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