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Food Product Development Manager

Company: Blue Signal Search
Location: Capitola
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Our client works with Fortune 500 companies and household brands to develop winning products that make health more enjoyable. They are hiring a Food Product Development to lead the development of products and directly support the R&D development team, backed by the resources of a multimillion-dollar company.

The Food Product Development Manager will oversee the R&D team's product development efforts to ensure food quality and launch product launch times are met. This role is an integral position on the product development team.

This Role Offers:
Competitive base salary plus outstanding benefits package including medical/dental/vision, immediate eligibility for 401K match, paid vacations and holidays, and more.
High employee tenure with low red tape culture. They hire professionals and trust their expertise, giving them room to make tangible impacts.
Company has strong financial standing - holding nearly half of market share, and looking to triple headcount to meet demand by 2024.
Industry is on the rise - with the COVID pandemic and other health initiatives taking precedence, the pharma, drug, and supplement companies are booming.
Company on the cutting edge of innovation, with processes dedicated to creating new products as well as supporting current brands.
High level of autonomy in this role, taking part in a lean team where you would be the sole owner of the role - giving you the chance to truly build your career to what you want it.

Focus:
Drive R&D and product development commercialization efforts for health supplements.
Supervise and drive the R&D product development team.
Design and implement plans to research, formulate, characterize, and test new products and ingredients.
Critically think and expand on the R&D team's understanding of ingredients and encourage further research to expand product concepts and projects.
Take products through the full development lifecycle, from bench to qualification, to scaling, manufacturing, and commercialization.
Support QA efforts to test, analyze, and troubleshoot new products as part of the manufacturing and scaling up process.
Oversee and manage projects and timelines in the Research Development and New Product Development Teams
Act as a subject matter expert on food science, including formulation, testing, manufacturing, and applications.
Cross functionally operate with supply chain, Operations, Product Dev, and Quality Assurance Divisions, and have a good grasp of concepts with culinary, food science, biology, engineering, commercialization
Ensure that products from inception to launch and beyond meet product specs are upheld
Continue to improve our agile and rapid iteration process and timelines across R&D and New Product Development
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry trends regarding ingredients, processes, and regulations.

Skill Set:
At least 7+ years in the food manufacturing or production industry developing and commercializing products
3+ years of management and supervisory experience required.
BS in Engineering, Technology, Food Science or equivalent.
M. Sc or Ph.D. in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, or related field is preferred
Expertise in food science and the product manufacturing process.
Proficiency in ERP systems and MS Office Suite.
Strong analytical skills and the ability to develop creative solutions to R&D problems.
Able to interpret problems and present clear, actionable solutions to people across a range of departments.
Demonstrated project management and communication skills.

Keywords: Blue Signal Search, Mountain View , Food Product Development Manager, Executive , Capitola, California

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