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Research and Development Manager, Sweet Flavors

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United States - Hoffman Estates, IL

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Job Summary

The R&D Manager, Sweet Flavors, will lead, manage, and direct applications and creative lab activities to support existing and new business growth opportunities at targeted sweet product manufacturing customers (ice cream, yogurt, bakery and confectionery). The R&D Manager will focus applications and creative personnel and activities to insure project deadlines and departmental objectives are met. Support sales, marketing, operations, and technology objectives as outlined in strategic business plans. Identify and develop new product and application (inclusions and variegates) opportunities to help grow the business. Coach and develop direct reports with challenging projects and personalized development plans.


  • Lead, manage, direct and develop Sweet Flavors’ application and creative personnel in the creation of ice cream and yogurt variegate & inclusion products, confectionery flavors, sweet brown flavors, and bakery applications.
  • Manage multiple, constantly changing priorities through organization and team orientated leadership strategies to ensure that projects are completed in a timely manner.
  • Utilize the expertise of the Creative Flavorists, applications personnel, and sensory groups to develop/recommend dairy systems to meet or exceed project objectives.
  • Determine feasibility of project objectives, timelines, and deliverables, and communicate expected outcomes and/or alternatives.
  • Oversee the creation and development of new and existing products to assist in new business areas and further penetrate existing accounts. Ensure that resources are focused on meeting the objectives set by the strategic business plans.
  • Coordinate with and communicate with sales, marketing, creative, application, technical, and operations personnel on customer projects, demonstrations, and inquiries to provide solutions and resolution to customers.
  • Accompany Account Representatives on customer calls to help educate our customers on company strengths and capabilities. Assist the customer by providing dairy solutions to their product/process challenges.
  • Develop technical ability of staff members through mentoring/coaching, counseling, feedback and personal development plans.
  • Utilize good communication skills, both written and oral, to make presentations to customers, internal colleagues and management. Organize and prepare comprehensive reports of technical plans, progress and future work.
  • Provide a safe and professional working environment for applications staff.
  • Utilize computer systems to insure that applications and creative data is maintained in a timely and accurate fashion. Utilize the computer system’s capabilities for selection and screening of flavor/flavor enhancement systems.
  • Assist in the development of robust business processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness of technical personnel.
  • Identify and recommend capital requirements that will enable Sensient Flavors to remain competitive with respect to applications development.
  • Assist in establishing the budgetary needs of the department.
  • Represent the company in various flavor industry and professional organizations.
  • Job duties are important to food safety and food quality. Will actively support lab, operations, and company safety and quality policies & procedures


BS, MS, or PhD in food science, chemistry or related technical area and on the order of 5 to 10 years’ experience in the yogurt/ ice cream, sweet goods, confectionery, or flavors industries. Advanced degree preferred. Experience in product development preferred. Demonstrated understanding of sweet or dairy ingredients with expertise in key technical areas.

Experience in formulating finished products. Knowledge of pertinent technical processes, regulatory guidelines, and sensory testing a plus. Solid communication skills with the ability to build strong teams through interaction, delegation and personnel development. Working knowledge of appropriate computer software applications.

About Sensient Flavors

Sensient Flavors & Fragrances Group develops, manufactures and distributes flavor and fragrance systems that are found in thousands of consumer products worldwide. The company's specialty systems are essential components of food, beverage, household and personal care products. Sensient's value-added flavors and fragrances enable our customers to excel in highly competitive global markets. The Flavors & Fragrances Group is located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Sensient Sweet Flavors develops and manufactures flavors and ingredients that serve the ice cream, yogurt, bakery, and confectionery industries. Our value-added products include: Stabilized fruit preparations and fillings; yogurt flavor bases; ice cream flavor bases; variegates; inclusions; ingredients for novelties; egg nog bases; stabilizers/ acidifiers; bakery fillings, toppings and sauces; confections; fabricated fruit pieces, caramels, chocolate and toffee sauces, low carb and more – a broad range of flavors and ingredients for all your sweet, bakery, health bar, and confectionery products.


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