The R&D Manager is responsible for developing and executing new products and works with the commercialization team to bring these products to market. This role develops new formulae, creates benchtop trial samples, and implements successful scale-up activities to ensure the products are successfully commercialized. This position will gather scientific evidence through a variety of established and recognized resources, to support the beneficial effects of ingredients and manufacturing practices as it relates to our categories. The Manager must possess strong data analysis skills and be able to interpret and take action on critical findings. As this role interacts with each plant, it is essential that GMP's are demonstrated and that SOP's are understood. The position will ensure accurate and appropriate record-keeping is maintained.
R&D Manager will motivate the R&D Team to ensure promised timelines on analyses and projects are met. This position will keep abreast of current trends, practices, developments, and regulatory changes, which would affect our products or formulations. R&D Manager must also demonstrate good organization and housekeeping habits.
The R&D team, under their leadership, will work with the operations departments to ensure that our products maintain consistently excellent quality. This role is also a key gatekeeper for packaging reviews, to help ensure accuracy & legality for all packaged products in the Healthy Snacks Business unit.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage and develop the department's resources to meet or exceed all deadlines and expectations.
Develop new innovative products
Manage the new concept development and production scale-up process.
Accurately maintain R&D project records, proactively providing status reports, as required.
Collaborate with Operations to achieve project objectives
Conduct research in areas including food regulation and process validations
Liaise with regulatory bodies to be current with food regulations for North America & Globally
Approve Labels to ensure compliance with regulations.
Liaise with suppliers for new products and ingredients
Source new ingredients to aid in the innovation process
Participate in the RFP process
Review & sign-off specifications
Manage sensory evaluations for commercialized products
Identify and advances quality and process improvement opportunities.
Keep current with changes in technologies and regulations for the countries we do business.
Lead and mentor direct reports while providing developmental opportunities when available.
Other duties, as assigned
Education and Experience Required:
Minimum educational requirement BSc - Food Science degree or related field
5 years experience in the food industry, in Quality, or Research & Development
Strong time management, planning, and data analysis skills
Must possess knowledge Food Product development, as well as working knowledge of Prop-65, FDA, and CFIA regulations, SOP's, cGMP's and FSMA
Must be competent and proficient in Genesis software, Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Ability to learn our business, be a team player, and enjoy working in a team-oriented environment.
Strong problem solving/decision-making skills, interpersonal skills, and analytical capabilities.
Good general understanding of business and financial principles.
Demonstrated work ethic, integrity, and professional conduct.
Professional written and verbal communication skills, with excellent client-facing skills (external) and the ability to communicate at all levels within the organization (internal).
Demonstrated conflict resolution skills.