Director of R&D Protein

Chicago, IL

Posted: 06/13/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 172.24AKO Pay Rate: 150,000 - 185,000 Remote Friendly: On-Site Experience:

Job Description

Director of R&D Protein

Leads R&D implementation of technical expertise, formula security, laboratory equipment, process, and talent management programs to support the Protein Processor Segment and Protein product category business strategy within retail.  Directs R&D activities by performing the following duties personally, through a designate, or through reporting team members.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Functions as a team leader for the development and execution of key technical strategies and activities that support the overall Protein & Retail Segments and business strategy
  • Applies scientific and engineering principles in research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and waste reduction
  • Collaborates with Supply Chain to link product formulation activities to commercial fulfillment efficiencies
  • Leads production of safe and regulatory compliant food products. USDA understanding is necessary; export experience is an advantage
  • Aligns R&D & regulatory strategies
  • Collaborates cross functionally with Sales, Marketing, Sensory, and Culinary peers to assign, manage, and prioritize projects & accounts
  • Identifies and supports implementation of Innovation technologies that support the long-term strategy of the organization
  • Defines and implements talent management program for the Protein & Retail R&D teams in multiple locations
  • Establishes goals, appraises performance, recommends training, and provides input into final review for all direct reports. Coaches staff on job performance and career planning
  • Communicate progress of all products under development. Leverages methods and procedures for monitoring project success, such as metrics, resource investment and expenditures, research findings, progress reports, and staff conferences
  • Represents R&D in professional business relations with client and supplier base, academia, government, and corporations in the food industry
  • Responsible for maintaining and enhancing the security of all information regarding product formulas and related confidential information
  • Directs reviews and audits to provide regular reports and recommendations to management regarding formula security performance
  • Implements contingency plans for coverage of key R&D roles if an associate is unable to perform their assigned duties

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  172.24AKO

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • MS in Food Science or Meat Science, Food Technology, Food Chemistry, Food Engineering or related technical degree
  • 12-20 years of Research & Development experience within the meat industry
  • Experience with retail or foodservice manufacturer and extensive experience in working directly with customers and manufacturing facilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Strong analytics, grammar and writing skills
  • Demonstrated exceptional project management skills / experience
  • Must be organized and detail oriented with ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Travel up to 25%

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  172.24AKO

Meet Your Recruiter

Kristine O'Sullivan
Sr. Partner

The Food and Beverage Division specializes in the placement of technical professionals in the food and beverage industry from entry level to executive level candidates. I have a talented group of recruiters who specifically source Technical Sales Professionals, Scientists, Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Executive Technical professionals, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Technical Service, Nutrition, Analytical and Corporate Chefs. We work on both a contingent basis for professional level searches and retained search for executive level searches. CPS, Inc. has been in the talent recruitment business for 40+ years and we recruit nationwide.

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