Technical Director of Commercialization

Palo Alto, CA

Posted: 08/24/2018 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 377.18TS Pay Rate: 145,000 - 150,000

Technical Director of Commercialization

The Technical Director of Commercialization will have the following responsibilities:

  • Lead and coordinate scale up projects from a technical perspective following pilot plant execution through commissioning and qualification at manufacturing location with dedicated resources from product development, quality and manufacturing engineering and manufacturing
  • Have an understanding of food manufacturing process equipment and packaging equipment in addition to best in class product commercialization practices
  • Articulate technical milestones and requirements to delivery project on time and on budget
  • Engage with corporate project managers and articulate requirements to complete scale up projects
  • Serve as a liaison to key internal function such as product development and project managements functions to ensure expectations are exceeded and schedules are met
  • Collaborate with leaders of manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, quality assurance and product development to insure requirements are met
  • Work with the Product Management team and other partners to ensure product initiatives are aligned within the company
  • Provide guidance to packaging commercialization and personnel to ensure internal SOPs are implemented in an effective manner, including best practices for systems engineering or reliability
  • Align and influence leadership to make optimal prioritization and commercialization decisions
  • Build internal technical commercialization capabilities and help to shape a culture of creativity and innovative thinking
  • Act as single point of contact between technical team and product management when needed for on-going and future innovation projects and experiments including: Scale up new formulation, New production line commissioning, Change of production process, New plant commissioning

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

JO: 377.18TS


  • 8-10 year Technical background in Food/Pharmaceutical manufacturing or CPG (strongly preferred)
  • A mix of product development and engineering with a proven history of meeting deadlines in a commercialization environment
  • Leadership skills and can influence in a technical and/or formal/informal project management setting
  • Experience with managing budgets across cross functional teams and delivering successful results
  • Experience leading a cross functional team that may not directly report to this position
  • An ability to simplify and summarize technical challenges and details to non-technical individuals up to and included C level staff
  • Excellent communication, strategic, analytical and organizational skills
  • 4-year degree in engineering or food science (advanced degree preferred)

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

JO:  377.18TS


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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