Food Science Director leads the Research & Development team to
achieve the goals and objectives as set out by Company senior leadership.
The Director will be responsible for all aspects of the product
development cycle, turning ideas into prototypes and eventually,
marketable products. This role will contribute to an expansion of our
product development capabilities to create fast, flexible, innovative
solutions in the beverage and sweeteners categories as well as new
product lines for future growth. Key Responsibilities
- As part of the senior leadership
team, provide input into the strategic direction of new product
development for the Company.
- Manage the process of
product development, overseeing all aspects.
- Selection of ingredients
- Assessment of technical
and manufacturing feasibility
- Food safety review
- Prototype development
- Consumer testing
- Product scale-up
- Collaborate with Operations
and Quality to recommend quality control and manufacturing processes
for new products.
- Work with Operations and
Quality to manage the process of sourcing existing and potential
ingredients, qualify new ingredients or ingredient adjustments.
- Oversee the development of
accurate ingredient panel and nutritional information for all
- Oversee a process of
constant monitoring of existing items in the marketplace to ensure
all products meet or exceed consumer expectations.
- Work with marketing to
ensure cost parameters on new products are met within agreed
- Must be able to physically
perform the functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling,
crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting,
grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions
- Must be able to work in a
Laboratory/kitchen setting using lab instruments such as scales,
temperature probes and other basic and advanced lab equipment
- Must be able to sit for
extended periods of time and interact with computers, telephone and
other electronic media
- Must possess visual acuity
to document company records
- Must be able to lift 20
- Must be able to work
extended hours, such as daily overtime and an occasional weekends
A Masters Degree in Food Science or related
technical field is required. PhD is preferred.
A minimum of 10-12 years
experience in food product development, preferably in beverage and
sweeteners, with a record of increasing responsibility and success.
Strong analytical skills and
communication skills are essential.
Collaborative problem solving skills are
Demonstrate a very high sense of urgency.
Speed to market is critical.