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R&D Director

Los Angeles, CA

Post Date: 05/09/2017 Job ID: 7601 Discipline: R&D/Food Science Industry: Snack Foods


Manage and oversee a team of internal and third party new product development resources throughout all phases of product development; from initial bench development to commercial launch. Create and maintain timelines for all projects, facilitate collaborative meetings, assign tasks, keep all parties updated on progress against due dates. Manage the formulation of new products and the re-formulation of existing products, but simultaneously consider technical issues such as: food safety, food stability/shelf-life, cost, nutrition, scalability, etc.

Essential Job Functions:

-Be accountable for the planning and formulating of the various aspects of research and development proposals such as objective or purpose of project, timelines, costs of project and equipment resources requirements

-Develop new products for existing customers and modify or improve existing products upon or before the customer's request

-Manage and facilitate various R&D functions and be responsible for coordinating plant support for new product executions into commercialization

-Ensure proper facility and plant R&D testing procedures are followed such as test request, pre-test meetings, test execution, test summary with next steps and product disposition

-Manage department budget as needed

Qualifications & Requirements:

-B.S. or M.S in Food Science or related discipline required, Master degree preferred

-10-15 years' experience in R&D in consumer goods, 5 of which in a supervisory/managerial role

-In-depth knowledge of food science and technology, and experience in product development and commercialization, preferably in salty snacks, nuts or candy

-Ability to manage the formulation, consumer testing, and go to market activities for new products  

-Proficient in Windows, Excel, Word and related software.

Mary Chambers
Account Manager at Kinsa Group

Mary has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and 10 years of experience in the recruiting industry, including more than 5 years as a Recruiter at Kinsa. Currently a Kinsa Account Manager she handles new business development for our Meat and Poultry customers, as well as Shelf-Stable Foods, Grocery and Convenience Store accounts and Food Packaging companies. She’s a great first point of contact at Kinsa if you have a talent recruiting need within your organization.

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