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Career Opportunities: Sr. Director Research & Development - Birds Eye Frozen Division (6861)


Req Id 6861 - Posted 03/22/2013

Location: Parsippany, NJ 07054

Millions of times a day in more than 85% of American households, consumers reach for Pinnacle Foods brands. We are a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, which have been trusted household names for decades. Headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, our business employs an average of approximately 4,300 employees. We are a leader in the shelf stable and frozen foods segments and our brands hold the #1 or #2 market position in 8 out of 12 major category segments in which they compete. Our Duncan Hines Grocery Division manages Leadership brands such as Duncan Hines® baking mixes and frostings, Vlasic® shelf-stable pickles and Mrs. Butterworth's® and Log Cabin® table syrups and Foundation brands such as Armour® canned meats, Brooks® and Nalley® chili and chili ingredients, Comstock® and Wilderness® pie and pastry fillings and Open Pit® barbecue sauces. Our Birds Eye Frozen Division manages Leadership brands such as Birds Eye®, Birds Eye Steamfresh®, C&W®, McKenzie's®, and Fresh like® vegetables, Birds Eye Voila!® complete bagged meals and Van de Kamp's® and Mrs. Paul's® seafood and Foundation brands such as Lender's® bagels, Celeste® pizza, Hungry-Man® dinners and entrées and Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfasts. Our Specialty Foods Division manages Tim's Cascade Snacks®, Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips, Erin’s® Popcorn, Snyder of Berlin® and Husman's® in addition to our food service and private label businesses. Pinnacle Foods is a Top 1000 Company ranked on Fortune Magazine’s 2011 Top 1000 companies list.

The Senior Director, Research & Development will be responsible for delivery of innovation, as well as the technical aspects of product and process development, for both new products and innovations to existing products. The Senior Director reports to the Vice President of Research and Development and funnels strategic direction for new products and the business to the brand teams.

The Senior Director will make technical and business recommendations to senior management to use as a basis for tactical and strategic business decisions. This position involves close interaction with the Vice Presidents of R&D, Marketing, Finance, and Supply Chain, as well as management of both technical programs and personnel.

• Responsibility for management of overall product development programs for the business segment, including creation of new products as well as innovations to existing products.
• Responsibility for planning and implementation of product development programs to support identified business plan requirements.
• Identification of innovative product solutions to meet consumer and market needs, as a strategic driver for business growth
• Identify and document resource needs both internal and external to support agreed upon development programs. Effectively use all available resources.
• Function as a lead resource to the organization for product innovation and technical expertise.
• Ensure design and implementation of technically sound programs to meet business and strategic plan requirements.
• Hands on development activities as required to meet project objectives. This will involve at times performing the tasks typically conducted by food technologists and project leaders.
• Preparation and management of budgets, salary plans and resource plans.
• Participate as an equal partner with senior management of other functional departments in identifying and evaluating business opportunities.
• Communicate effectively across diverse levels within and outside the organization.
• Lead multi- functional teams.
• Provide fact-based input for administrative activities such as preparation and management of budgets, salary plans and resource plans.

Yes, requires management of direct reports and mid-size groups.

• Excellent communication, facilitation and presentation skills
• Ability to work effectively and creatively in a resource lean environment
• Detail orientated, organized, reliable, resourceful with a relentless focus on outcomes
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize under pressure
• Excellent consultative skills and the ability to work cross-functionally and with all levels of the organization
• Participate in business decisions and impact company profitability through multi- functional input on critical development and business programs.

• Deep understanding of Food CPG industry
• Experience translating consumer needs and business objectives into actual products and processes that satisfy consumer needs and meet established business criteria.
• Proven product development expertise with strong leadership and talent development skills, as well as a reputation for technical and business expertise.
• Experience leading business decisions and impacting company profitability through multi- functional input on critical development and business programs.
• Experience effectively combining sound technical knowledge and competence with managerial skills to successfully meet agreed upon business objectives with efficient use of available resources.
• Extensive business acumen
• Computer skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

• Minimum of 15 years of food product development experience from bench top to production start- up is required.
• Project/Program management: Minimum of five years of managing multiple projects across multiple technical programs.
• People Management: Minimum five years of managing multiple personnel across multiple programs.
• Business Management: Formal business education is a plus, minimum of 5 years of planning and managing budgets, salary plans and direct interaction with members of the non- technical segment of the company.

A Bachelor's degree is required. Preferably in Food Science, Engineering, or similar discipline. An advanced degree is highly desirable.

Pinnacle Foods Group is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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