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Food R&D Manager
Confidential - Food Production - Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

An established foreign food manufacturer expands its business in the United States. We are currently looking for an experienced Product Development Manager to join our dynamic plant management team to build up the business in the United States. The Product Development Manager will be responsible for new product development and for existing product enhancement to satisfy needs of internal and external customers.
Responsibilities

  • Brainstorm with cross functional teams to support development initiatives.
  • Maintain hands-on responsibility in all aspects of product development process from benchtop to commercialization.
  • Analyze testing data to plan and assess the feasibility of new products.
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams to achieve deliverables within project timelines and identify bill of materials (BOM) and return on investment (ROI) on new product development.
  • Define testing criteria, and equipment requirements for innovation and continuous growth.
  • Ensure that formulation, data and reports are strictly controlled, and kept securely and confidentially.
  • Keep update of market developments and industry trends to lead the industry.
  • Direct, review and approve new or improved formulations that are in adherence with company standards, federal, state and local rules and regulations.
  • Organize plant trials on existing products to ensure quality consistency on a regular basis, and new products as needed.
  • Trouble shoot any product technical support for production in a timely manner to control production downtime.
  • Oversee hiring, training, coaching, and disciplining actions of department staff and/or contract staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelorís degree in food science, food engineering, chemistry or a related field.
  • 5 to 7 years in the product development role, minimum 2-3 years proven track records of R&D leadership in food manufacturing industry. Previous Asian frozen products experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ingredients functionality, product evaluation, health and nutrition, food manufacturing processes, microbiology, quality assurance principles, and market research principles.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management including resource coordination, cost control and timeline management.
  • Must be familiar with USDA, FDA and other food manufacturing related laws and regulations if applicable.
  • Ability to work flexible schedule depending on the operational needs.
  • Must be a team player with excellent people and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills along with computer skills. (MS Word and Excel)
  • Must be able to motivate, coach, train, reward, and recognize employees.

Job Type: Full-time

Local candidates only:

  • Los Angeles, CA

Required experience:

  • Frozen product R&D: 5 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

 

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