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Creative Director of R&D - Retail Food

Scottsdale, AZ

Post Date: 06/19/2017 Job ID: 7700 Discipline: R&D/Food Science Industry: Meat


Our client, a growing multi-site premium meat/cheese processor, is looking to create a new role - Director of R&D.  This impact position will provide leadership to the Retail division, offering creativity and strategy direction as the company continues to grow in all aspects of processed meat and dairy products.   

Your role with the Company

Manage the new product and process development team and activities from concept to launching new products, including technical and economic feasibility, keeping a competitive edge in innovation and costs.

Work closely with Marketing and Sales on supporting customer projects & New Business Development.

Responsible for the activities related to the processed meats portfolio of products and development of new ones based on the Strategic Marketing Plan, keeping current with trends and customer requests at optimal cost.

Work cross-functionally with Regulatory & Quality Affairs and QA Managers, lead Continuous Improvement and new product development.

Develop Co-packing network of companies to support capacity constraints.

Background Profile

Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, Food Science or similar field with 10+ year's product development experience, including a minimum of 5 years managing a team.

5 years' of Retail meat/poultry product development experience with knowledge of trends and hands on formulation and processing development.

Strong project management and leadership skills, able to work multiple projects simultaneously, knowing often times projects/priorities change.

Knowledge of USDA and FDA Regulations, including Labeling and Nutritional facts.

Community Information

Scottsdale, AZ

Benefits & Features

Attractive salary / Bonus

Holiday / Vacation Pay / 401k / Retirement Benefits

Medical / Dental / Vision

Great work life balance

Relocation Available

Nancy Furgason
Sr. Recruiting Consultant at Kinsa Group

Nancy brings unparalleled marketplace knowledge and food industry expertise gained from relationships built over 20 years of executive recruiting at Kinsa. An alum of MATC, she is regularly requested and acclaimed for her ability to identify and place top talent at Kinsa’s food and beverage processing company clients.

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