The Director of R&D will develop and lead the
R&D function while partner with Senior Management to develop the
overall R&D Strategy of the business. This position will develop and
implement a systematic approach to developing new products or processes by
working directly with the customer, Rembrandt business units, suppliers and
regulatory agencies. It is this positions responsibility to ensure that the
Company’s R&D resources are positioned to be a source of competitive
advantage and capable of delivering the long term performance expected by
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Direct all Research and
- Effectively leads internal
and external resources to develop an innovative organization,
processes and strategy. Leads cross functional teams through testing and
analysis of new products and innovations.
- Independently initiates,
investigates, and implements significant new formulations, process
improvements, and cost savings projects.
- Builds a strong team by
developing coworkers through coaching, improving competencies,
effective planning to ensure completion of the department's high
priority projects and critical non-project work.
- Acts as a technical
consultant to all operating units of the company on formulation /
processing issues related to assigned projects / products.
- Captures ideas and identifies
opportunities that can be researched and explored for feasibility
through contact with customers, initiating industry comparisons and
conducting competitive benchmarking.
- Communicates industry trends
and emerging new technologies that can provide the organization with a
- Completes technical
assessments for evaluation of new product / process opportunities.
- Evaluates and makes
recommendations concerning the application of new ingredient /
- 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.
- Develops and maintains
project plans, identifying critical paths and resources required.
- Partner with Sales and
Marketing function to develop new products from concept development to
product launch; provide technical support for customer, and other
- Lead the execution of
experiments to identify best formulations responding to quality,
consumer preference, and cost requirements. Follow formulation &
blending instructions to prepare prototype samples.
- Evaluate and approve new
packaging materials including; perform functional tests with different
functions; provide support to R&D to develop all the documents
related to new package such as regulatory compliance, BOM
specification, production process, HACCP, package specification, shelf
- Direct the development of
analytical and quality control methods and metrics to aid product
manufacturing and shelf-life management. Conduct shelf life studies,
evaluate product stability and recommend product shelf life.
- Monitor global regulatory
- Develop and maintaining all
packaging component specifications contain up-to-date information
including approved raw materials, package specification.
- Education: Minimum:
Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Biology, or related
- Preferred MS or PhD in Food
Science, Chemistry, Biology, or related field.
- 10+ 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 testing
- Must be willing to travel as
- Expertise in the creation of
business/project financial models.
- General knowledge of
relationship of nutrition and feed ingredients
- Demonstrated success in both
effectively managing and creating Lab infrastructure, teams, processes
- Ability to work with concepts
such as limits, rings, quadratic and differential equations and proofs
- Ability to deal with a
variety of abstract and concrete variables
- Ability to deal with
nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc)
- Understanding of ingredient
interactions and process(es) capabilities in
the manufacture of egg related products