R&D Manager - Dairy and Frozen Desserts

Kansas City, KS

Posted: 06/17/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 181.24AKO Pay Rate: 140,000 - 165,000 Remote Friendly: On-Site Experience:

Job Description

R&D Manager – Dairy and Frozen Desserts

The essential functions of this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Support the growth of the Frozen Dessert and Fluid Dairy pipeline and execute against all technical service requests via the Salesforce platform.  
  • Align with sales to ensure CLIENT COMPANY Frozen Dessert and Fluid Dairy customers receive best in class product solutions, exemplary service and regular interaction in support of sales and business unit growth targets.
  • Work with business units to develop and execute strategies to achieve growth targets, safeguard product quality and support business continuity.  This includes qualification of alternate suppliers and direction on specifying raw materials and CLIENT COMPANY products solutions to ensure a consistent and uninterrupted supply to our customers.
  • Organize lab activities to facilitate effective planning.  Provide clarity to scientists and lab personnel to accomplish tasks taking into consideration customer urgency, sales and business unit goals to prioritize the work.
  • Collaborate with flavorist and sensory scientist for end-to-end product development and positive customer experience.
  • Implement best practices.
  • Communicate effectively with customers, account managers, Business Unit partners and team members related to market needs and project status.
  • Provide technical guidance for successful commercialization of new flavors, ingredients, advancing CLIENT COMPANY technology while consistently taking a pulse of the market to bring to life new trends.
  • Demonstrate deep passion for full product design, creativity, science, collaboration, and networking with cross-functional teams. 
  • Stay current on food and dairy industry trends and anticipate customer needs to proactively develop new solutions to meet demand.  Support sales with materials and concept samples to demonstrate CLIENT COMPANY capability to customers.
  • Manage CAPEX projects to ensure timely implementation and smooth execution.  
  • Anticipate, investigate, and resolve problems related to raw materials, solutions, finished products and initial scale-up procedures.
  • Mentor individuals with capacity for increased responsibility by motivating and them for key project roles and supporting career development.
  • Successfully demonstrate regional implementation of new technology in appropriate projects.

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at kosullivan@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  181.24AKO

Job Requirements

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum 15 years working experience in industrial food, ingredient, or flavor industry plus a minimum 5 years in the specific field of expertise.
  • Proven leadership experience, either direct or in a cross functional role.
  • Working knowledge of milk, dairy ingredients and dairy processing.  Including composition, chemistry and process settings as these items affect product quality, function and consumer acceptance.
  • Familiarity with milk and frozen dessert regulations in North America and how customers use these requirements to develop marketing strategies both within and outside standard of identities.
  • Experience in dairy product development including formulation, lab analysis, pilot plant production and commercial scaling.
  • Understanding of how ingredients interact during processing and freezing and the effect this has on product function.
  • Minimum entry level a degree in Food or Dairy Science or related discipline.
  • Preferred Master’s Degree and/or PhD in related area.   
  • Strong communication (verbal and written), organizational and interpersonal skills are necessary.  
  • The ability to organize and track multiple activities is essential.
  • Travel may be required up to 30% of the time. 
  • This position is considered an Anchor and requires working in the lab/pilot plant for 5 days/week. 

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at kosullivan@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  181.24AKO

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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