Manager Product Development Food Science Foster City, CA

 

Description

JOB PURPOSE AND SUMMARY
Manage the development of new products as required to support Sales. Schedule and monitor laboratory activities to assure that R&D is able to meet commitments to Sales, Operations, and customers. Develop and implement systems that improve the efficiency and productivity of the scientists. Manage the Food Scientists and support the growth and development of the skills necessary for constant improvement within the department.

Manage the funds allotted for Product Development, monitoring costs and instituting cost-savings where possible. Track total costs associated with individual products including materials, scientists time, travel, etc.

Track projects and report on their status. Monitor the viability of active projects, and alerting the VP of R&D when a project should be reevaluated before investing additional resources. Assist the VP of R&D to evaluate proposed projects, based on product type, customer history and production capabilities.

Provide monthly reports to include:
Project Status, kill rate, trial rate, commercialization rate.
Project Costs
Time availability for Product Development and Research for the future month

Manage customer accounts as assigned.

Support the Manager of Culinary Development as required.


POSITION DIMENSIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS
External Contacts: Customers, Regulatory officers, Material Suppliers, Vendors.

Special Equipment Used
- Analytical equipment.
- Kitchen and pilot plant equipment.
- Personal computer (specific experience with Excel, Word & Powerpoint)
- General office equipment; fax, copier, phone etc.

Requirements

Training & Experience:
Education Level and Focus
- Bachelors degree in Food Science or related field.
Years and Type of Related Experience Required
- 5 years minimum industrial experience in R&D or Technical Services and Quality Assurance. If a Masters degree then 3 years of experience is adequate

-Culinary training preferred!

Skills & Abilities:
Interpersonal and Communication
- Must be well developed in communications skills both oral and written
- Directly interfaces with customers, suppliers, and many internal company departments.

Technical and Analytical
- Analytical, Chemical and microbiological knowledge and experience in formulation, laboratory, sensory analysis techniques/methods.
- Culinary experience is an added benefit.

Administrative and Operations
- Computer skills using various software.

Travel Requirements
- Must be able to travel within the US & internationally to visit customer sites and to the factory in Los Banos.
- Some lifting and prolonged standing required

Work Environment
- Typically a food technology lab with low noise level. May be exposed to some food related chemicals. In plant will be exposed to food processing environment with changes in temperatures, damp conditions.

If interested email Katrina.owens@onassignment.com with "Food Research Product Manager" in subject line.

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