The Product Development Manager must have
effective project management skills, a depth of technical food processing
knowledge, interpersonal effectiveness, and a depth of experience in
similar work. The ideal candidate will be effective in technical and business
management, as well as active customer service involvement. The Product
Development/Food Technologist will work closely with Sales & Marketing,
Production, and Quality departments, as well as our Private Label
customers; occasional travel with the Sales & Marketing team. The
Product Development Manager reports directly to the Director of Private
Education: BS in Food Science
required or related degree required;
Qualifications: Minimum 3+ years of experience in food product
- Experience in food safety
regulations: GMP and HACCP;
- Hands-on product development
- Ability to manage multiple
projects through effective organization, oversight, and hands-on
- Ability to effectively
analyze data and to effectively communicate that data and its
implications through verbal, written, and graphical means;
- Knowledge and experience in
the natural foods industry highly desirable.
- Flexibility and ability to
- A strong background in the
effective application of scientific principles in a food-manufacturing
- Demonstrated ability to
effectively define project objectives, formulate action plans, and
report on progress toward objectives; build, test and evaluate
prototypes; and calculate costs.
- Effective interpersonal
skills with employees at all levels of the organization;
- Innate curiosity and
creativity in food science and new product development;
- Experience with product
development and developing quality control standards;
- Cereal and granola experience
- Work in the manufacturing
area is typically required 20 to 25 percent of the time;
- Projects may require working
beyond the normal workday hours.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
- Plan the activities and
organization of the product development process with the Director of
Private Label Sales from the concept stage through formulation,
incorporation, production, and evaluation, to accomplish business
objectives in an effective manner.
- Work with the Quality Manager
to develop quality control standards, from the raw material stage
through to the finished product.
- Administer and manage the
documentation for SQF facility.
- Manage the project load
designed to create new and innovative products that meet specified
- Apply cereal and granola
ingredient functionality and manufacturing process knowledge to the
product development process
- Assist Production Manager to
develop manufacturing processes for new products at target throughput,
for waste rates, and cost targets.
- Organize and lead product
trials to prove that throughput and waste targets are attainable.
- Develop and/or implement
analytical methods with practical application in enhancing the
development and manufacturing processes.
- Oversee the management and
modification of existing products and work with the Director of
Private Label Sales in developing new products.
- Create, update, and maintain
nutritional and ingredient labeling.
- Assist Director of Private
Label Sales with research of current consumer markets and latest
technologies to develop new product concepts.
- Work with the Director of
Supply Chain Management to select raw materials and other ingredients
- Analyze product costs based
on raw materials and manufacturing costs to ensure profitable
Product Development/Food Technologist –
Product Development Manager
- Participate in budget
development for the department
- Ensure that product
development activities are executed in compliance with established
- Stay abreast of regulatory
issues and product development trends in the cereal and granola
- Manage the relationship with
co-packer to ensure quality and reliability.
- Must be self-motivated and
- Have history of success in
establishing and meeting goals; forward planner with the ability to
accurately assess product development success.
- Focus on product development
effectiveness, efficiency, product quality, food safety, and employee
Job Type: Full-time
- Food Product Development: 3