New Product Development Lead Developer (Fruit Preparations)
Agrana Fruit US, Inc., a global leader in the production of fruit preparations for the dairy industry, is seeking a Senior Product to be responsible for all customers projects and innovations through the development of the customer contact, project design, research, formula design, product sampling and trial and launch procedure. Manages Product Developers to ensure they have the appropriate tools, support, and resources to adequately service all our customers needs. This position acts as the main customer contact for NPD and will serve as the voice of the customer.
Responsible for all development and innovations for specific customer accounts. This involves receiving the brief, structure of the project, required research, formula development, sample submissions, risk analysis, trial and launches and all customer contact.
Prioritize and manage all product development efforts within the department to adequately service our customers. Establish project plans and strategic project plans to achieve the desired business outcomes, providing a centralized view across the customer team. Lead and manage large-scale, organization-wide projects through planning, development, launch, stabilization and close.
Research new ingredients and concepts so that they can be applied as an improvement, cost reduction, or innovation, which enables us to excel above our competitors.
Reporting of Product Development activities to Head of NPD; such as samples shipped, time spent per customer and project progression so that the information can be shared with other departments.
Establish and manage regular meetings with operations groups to ensure timely trial production and launches.
Manage multiple concurrent projects and/or projects with multiple work streams that require inputs from cross-functional stakeholders.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with Agrana and key customer stakeholders. Consult with stakeholders on their current operations, suggest improvements, and collaborate on change management.
Assist with escalated issues on priorities, goals, strategies, resources and key initiatives.
Obligation to act in accordance with the Agrana compliance guidelines.
Safety First: Commit to act according to the key management principles and the safety-first culture.
New Product Development Lead Developer Requirements
BS in Food Science or Food Technology.
5-7 years experience in Food Formulation and Development.
Strong organizational and project management skills.
Ability to work independently in remote location
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Knowledge of stabilizer systems, colors, flavors, and other food ingredients.
Strong personal and time management skills.
Knowledge of computer systems, Windows, Microsoft Office, SAP etc.
Ability to manage multiple priorities seamlessly.
Agrana Fruit is the world market leader and leading ingredient supplier of fruit preparations in one of the fastest growing segments in the food industry. Agrana Fruit specializes in the custom development of stabilized fruit preparations for the refrigerated & frozen dairy, bakery and food service industries. Every 3rd cup of yogurt worldwide contains fruit from Agrana!
Agrana Fruit offers competitive salary and provides an excellent benefits package. We are proud to be able to say that our employee costs are some of the lowest in our industry! Benefits offered by Agrana are designed to promote wellness and the well-being of every Agrana employee.