Manager of Product Development

Hauppauge, NY

Post Date: 06/11/2018 Job ID: 251.18TS Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Pay Rate: 92,000 - 138,000

Manager of Product Development

We have an opportunity for a Manager of Product Development managing technical projects including design, development, and technology transfer of new formulas, products, and line extensions and providing technical support to existing products as needed in the VMHS (vitamin, mineral, herbal supplements) category.  This position leads and supports new product development in VMHS through Stage Gates and all pre and post evaluations, develops new or improved products/processes leading to Product Launch, and identifies, assesses and exploits enabling technology and delivery form platforms to support growth of current and future VMHS Brands and Platforms with an emphasis on proprietary and differentiated solutions.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Recognized technical leadership / subject matter expert in an important area(s) of innovation within the VMHS and/or OTC space. Must be able to act as the technical expert and lead projects in those areas from inception to commercialization
  • Interface with co manufacturers or vendors to co-develop new products
  • Develops budgets and schedule project plans for new product launches
  • Serve as key member of R&D franchise teams, work well with marketing, supply chain and other partners within the organization
  • Independently plan, manage and complete technical programs necessary to design, develop and optimize new and improved formulations / products / delivery systems for products that meet customer needs and are robust and reproducible
  • Creatively links formulation and/or product science and technology opportunities to the needs of the business through development and transfer of new products from idea to commercialization, transfer technologies from bench/pilot to manufacturing scale and successfully implementing proprietary and differentiated technical solutions
  • Manages complex business relationships with ingredient/bioactive, form or process technology partner companies, contract developers and manufacturers, consultants, vendors, cross-functional departments, and outside university experts to ensure customer needs and projects are executed in an efficient and effective manner
  • Manages the identification, assessment and development of enabling technology / delivery form platforms to enable meaningfully unique delivery of current and future ingredients / bioactives to grow company brands and platforms short and long term pipeline value
  • Collect, analyze, interpret and draw conclusions and make recommendations from data to enable technical execution of projects. Modify methodology to improve the quality, accuracy and usefulness of data.  Provide technical recommendations to R&D, project and brand teams through clear and concise oral and written communications
  • Manages technical staff as needed at internal and external research, development and manufacturing sites
  • Develops, documents and transfers critical ingredient, product, process and analytical parameters / specifications to Supply Chain / QA to ensure consumer focused and robust design of new products, processes and characterizing methods. Ensure proper documentation for all technical and project work is completed
  • Develops and reviews intellectual property strategy and conducts patent searches, literature reviews and is current with cross industry technology insights. Understands application and benefits / costs to their product portfolio.,  Ensure competitive advantage through implementation of proprietary and differentiated technical solutions
  • Ability to plan, develop and coordinate and direct a large important R&D projects or a number of small projects with many complex features
  • May technically supervise, coordinate and review the work of a small staff of on-site or remote scientists and technicians
  • Provides input on budget allocation and project prioritization
  • Coordinates and influences Brand Marketing, Insights & Analytics, Supply Chain, R&D and QA as key member and activity owner on Project, Brand and Platform teams

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

JO:  251.18TS


  • 7-10+ years industrial experience in the OTC or dietary supplement industry and with continually increasing scope of responsibilities
  • BS, MS, PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Science or equivalent
  • Training or certificates in Project Management, Design of Experiments or equivalent is preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a supervisory role managing others at a functional or project level
  • Breadth of technical knowledge and experience in application in OTC/nutritionals/dietary supplement formulation, product, process and platform development and delivery systems
  • Strong business acumen linking science to commercial opportunities
  • Experience in technical projects and project/program/platform leadership in an R&D environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency in NPD/Stage Gate process from Idea through Commercialization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with proven ability to manage up and work well in a collaborative team environment
  • Big picture thinking with attention to detail
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic and tactical partnering with internal and external resources
  • Experience in budget management, project prioritization and resource allocation
  • Knowledge and application of design thinking, design of experiments and relevant statistical tools in product development
  • Works seamlessly in both a business and R&D environment
  • Strong technical activity management in a stage-gate system is required
  • Proven ability to deliver programs on time and within budget
  • Product lifecycle management (PLM) system knowledge is required

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

JO:  251.18TS


Tamra Sanders
Sr. Technical Recruiter

Tamra Sanders

Sr. Technical Recruiter/Food and Beverage 

Specialties: All Food and Beverage Industries positions including: Product Development, Research, Sensory, Nutrition, Culinary, Flavorist, Applications, Analytical, Regulatory, Quality Assurance, Technical Service, Ingredients, and B2B Ingredient Sales.

Experience: I have 10+ years of experience in recruiting and the last 5 years in Food and Beverage. I partner with small and big Food and Beverage companies (CPG and Ingredient) throughout the US helping them secure GREAT employees.


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