R&D Senior Manager of Innovation

Fremont, CA

Posted: 05/14/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 209.19DW Pay Rate: 130,000 - 150,000

R&D Senior Manager of Innovation

This is a senior-level R&D position (manager/technical expert).  This position will lead a team of 4 food scientists and provide technical leadership, product and process development expertise and oversight to various innovation projects from ideation through commercialization.

This position will demonstrate joint accountability (with marketing lead and project manager) for project success but building strong partnerships with internal stakeholders and external resources to drive projects successfully to completion.



  • Aseptic, dairy formulation
  • High protein shake formulation
  • Team leadership
  • Lead by example mentality
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Cross functional collaboration
  • Concept to commercialization with experience with co-manufacturers


People Managing Job Duties:

  • Create, contribute and maintain a positive and enthusiastic environment of technical excellence, innovation know-how, consumer insight, entrepreneurial spirit all within high trust and integrity. Facilitates R&D driven innovation ideas
  • Inspire and engage talent; Embody situation leadership based on skillset of team members and embrace coaching with radical candor; Identify stretch opportunities for RD staff and set up safety net so that failing forward is part of mindset. Responsible for technical and professional development based on skillset of team members
  • Lead RD staff to ensure successful completion of projects and balance workload and allocation of RD staff, external partners and RD Test Kitchen/lab/pilot line activities. Monitors activities against budget


Critical Thinking and Technical Leadership

  • Responsible for execution of all assigned projects and alignment with project brief, stage gate process, business strategies, standards and practices. Responsible for product compliance (food safety, ingredient usage, NLEA information, product claims) against internal and external standards (FDA, USDA, and third-party certification) through collaboration with regulatory, QA, marketing and other parties
  • Takes active role in high risk projects to help mitigate risks, remove barriers, help define contingency plans and provide support / mentorship to scientist
  • Identifies area for continuous improvement and puts action plan in place
  • Provides technical expertise to solve problems on ingredients, formulations, processing, sensory and consumer testing. Maintain up to date knowledge of ingredients and technology


Innovation Mind Set and Skill Set:

  • Stays on top of relevant trends through professional network, seminars, individual research. Ability to leverage suppliers and vendors
  • Provides strategic insight to long term RD plans and/or pipeline – e.g. input on resources, skill gaps, equipment needs and facility upgrades
  • Identify opportunities to leverage new tools and processes


Influence and Leadership Skills:

  • Ability to influence LT and co-workers across organization
  • Lead cross-functional initiatives and build cross-functional partnerships
  • Represents RD function, advocates for RD resources and provides insights, solutions and critical thinking as necessary

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Damon Wickmann at dwickmann@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  209.19DW



Required:  BS Food Science, Food Engineering, Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering or similar disciplines

Preferred:  Advanced degree in a related field



10+ years of experience in Food industry – aseptic formulation, processing and packaging:

  • Formulation expertise in dairy, gums, stabilizers, clean label and non-GMO
  • Commercialization of products at co-manufacturing facilities
  • Collaboration with vendors/suppliers
  • Technical troubleshooting
  • Analytical and shelf life testing
  • 5+ years people management


  • Roll up your sleeves attitude, lead by example
  • Diversity in what you bring to the table, lift others up
  • Infectious personality, bring enthusiasm and positive energy to a great team


  • Demonstrated ability to work effective in team environment through excellent interpersonal, influencing and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to excel in dynamic fast paced business environment, demonstrated ability to self-motivate and manage multiple priorities
  • Communicate technical details to business (effective translation of technical information to business language) to drive decision making
  • Demonstrated presentation skills to ensure understanding at various levels of organization, including LT and ELT
  • Travel 20%


  • Demonstrated product development in high protein nutritional products

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Damon Wickmann at dwickmann@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  209.19DW


Damon Wickmann
Technical Recruiter

I have always been an advocate of life and career strategy management.

I am also a 'Foodie' at heart and love recruiting for food and beverage companies.   

My background in education has provided me tools to support my passion for helping talented people with career advancement.   

I have transitioned from college advising to career recruiting where I combine that with my other passion - Food!

I recruit excellent people for the food industry and the science behind what we eat and drink.  This includes research and development in the lab through commercialization and the quality people behind the scenes that make it all happen.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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