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VP, Research and Development - Pet Nutrition

Visalia, CA

Posted: 12/17/2018 Discipline: R&D/Food Science Job Number: 8377 Industry: Pet Food

Title: VP of R&D - Pet Nutrition         Location: Visalia, CA area       

Mission: Our client, a producer of premium pet food and snack brands, is looking for a VP of R&D to add to their team. This person will be responsible  for the leadership of Research and Development initiatives for our portfolio of pet food and snack brands, as well as strategic brand management. This position manages a cross-functional product development team to drive innovation of new products and develop improvements to existing products.   

Compensation/Benefits:                                                       

Competitive 6 figures salary and bonus opportunity

Retirement benefits

Health care benefits

Paid holiday and vacation

Relocate available

Expected Outcomes:

Drive development of new innovation to meet market trends

Maintain awareness of competitive products and new developments in product, ingredient and processing technologies, retailer trends, and other external customer trends that could influence industry and product direction

Advise on the company's branding strategy to achieve sales initiatives

Drive top-line sales by promoting company capabilities, and the benefits of current and future product lines and opportunities

Communicate with customers on R&D project details, goals, and outcomes

Design and implement new processes utilizing knowledge of operations, customer needs and

product development

Identify and lead product improvement and cost savings opportunities

Lead and mentor cross-functional team to develop a pipeline of product offerings that meet

customer demands

Competencies/Culture:                                                                     

Bachelor's degree in food science, animal nutrition or related field

10+ years of pet nutrition/pet food product development (CPG) in a food processing environment

Experience optimizing formulations with AAFCO ingredients (A Must)

Experience with formulation software

Experience leading a team of scientists

Rob Navarro
Sr. Recruiting Consultant at Kinsa Group

Rob has 9 years of leadership experience in the Foodservice industry in addition to 10 years of experience in the Recruiting and Staffing industry, with the last 5 of those years at Kinsa. If you’re seeking a new job, let him put his food and beverage industry network connections to work for you!

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