Research & Development Manager

Long Beach, CA

Posted: 04/17/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 114.24DW Pay Rate: 125,000 - 140,000 Remote Friendly: Experience:

Job Description

Research & Development Manager

As the onsite R&D manager for the facility, you will lead the team as a hands-on manager supporting formulation and commercialization.  You will work with a cross-functional team including plant manager, quality manager and operations manager to trouble-shoot, diagnose and implement action plans to optimize formulation to scale-up commercialization at the facility.

As R&D Manager, you will work with senior leadership in sales, marketing, and support initiatives with customers to ensure successful launch of products.  As the leader for R&D at this facility, you will manage concerns and issues that arise, leaving your R&D team to remain on task to complete R&D projects.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Use your formulation and culinary chops to design new products from benchtop to production in salsas and dips categories. Be able to showcase products at tradeshows
  • Lead all technical development activities to scale up for commercialization, product launch, and post-launch monitoring including development of formula, technical label copy, products specifications, and quality criteria
  • Develop, implement, and refine department policies and processes for regulatory, nutritional labeling, documentation and filing, product quality (sensory attributes) and other determined areas
  • Works with HACCP team to modify HACCP/Food Safety plan accordingly
  • Works closely with the Purchasing team to identify solutions and efficiencies
  • Maintains library of product concepts, project proposals, completed project reports and shelf-life study reports
  • Completes and documents in house sensory panels
  • Uses nutritional labeling software to maintain formulas/recipes and generate ingredient statements and nutritional fact panels
  • Uses nutritional labeling software to maintain formulas/recipes and generate ingredient statements and nutritional fact panels
  • Maintains current formulas and procedures and develops new products
  • Assists in maintaining quality programs, and technical information including ingredient specifications, shelf-life studies, formulas and procedures, and in-process analytical data
  • Work in close cooperation with Sales and Marketing to present innovative products to customers and drive customer focused development
  • Collaborate with cross-functional departments to commercialize new products
  • Work closely with the Quality Assurance team on production protocols, product shelf-life studies and ingredient qualifications
  • Provide coaching to junior team members

**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.

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Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • BS/MS in Food Science. 7-10 years’ experience in the Food Industry in Research & Development with experience in formulation to production in CPG highly preferred.  Can come from dairy, salsa, produce, desserts, dips.  Refrigerated is ideal
  • 2-3 years leadership as team lead or associate manager or R&D manager
  • Proven track record of successful product development from concept to commercialization required
  • Good understanding of formulating refrigerated products a plus
  • Knowledge of Genesis is a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects concurrently and work independently as your manager will be at another location
  • Excellent verbal, written, and oral communication
  • Executional excellence, personal leadership and customer focus a must
  • Travel about 10% of time occasional

**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.

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Meet Your Recruiter

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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