Director is responsible developing the overall R&D Strategy of
the business, and for leading efforts involved in new product / process
development and improvements to support the overall product and objective
of the customer and the Company. This position will develop and implement
a systematic approach to New Product Development working directly with
the customer in order to develop new product formulas, test ingredients,
schedule trial runs and report test results. This position carries with
it the responsibility to mentor team members and grow their capabilities
for contributing to the organization while leading and managing the
efforts of the R&D team.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Leads cross-functional
teams in the technical aspects of product development through the
investigation, planning, execution, evaluating and reporting on new
product / process development improvement and troubleshooting projects.
- Independently initiates,
investigates, and implements significant new formulations, process
improvements, and cost savings projects.
- Assists team on portions of
project to ensure completion of the department's high priority
projects and critical non-project work. Advises, directs, coaches,
inspires and reviews the work of less experienced team members on
- Acts as a technical
consultant to all operating units of the company on formulation /
processing issues related to assigned projects / products.
- Completes technical
assessments for evaluation of new product / process opportunities.
- Evaluates and makes
recommendations concerning the application of new ingredient /
- Assists in development of
business goals for divisional team members - individually and
- Questions processes,
procedures and policies. Fully investigates, develops, and presents
alternatives for implementation.
- Develops understanding of
any processes new to the organization; evaluates whether portions of
that process are applicable to other products / projects.
- Education : Minimum: Bachelor of
Science in Science or related field; Preferred MS or PhD in Food
Science or related field.
- 10-15 years
experience working in Food Industry; with a minimum 5 years
of experience in product development or R&D experience – From
concept to commercialization within Food Industry
- Strong Knowledge of
Proteins, Enzymes, Filtration, and Fractionation
- Strong knowledge of
industry practices: USDA, FDA, State regulations
- Understanding of
Microbiology and the ability to perform analytical food quality
- Must be willing to travel
as needed (25%-35%)