In this role, you will lead a team of professionals responsible for end-to-end product development for King & Prince Seafood. In collaboration with key stakeholders, you will define, lead and execute the enterprise’s research and development strategy to foster innovation, build customer satisfaction and drive profitable business growth. You will actively partner with functions across the organization to deliver a robust and customer-centric innovation pipeline relevant to specific market segments.
You will also:
Create and execute long-term R&D strategies that support business objectives
Manage and develop your team to optimize their contributions toward innovation, product development and culinary goals and objectives
Develop and manage a portfolio of R&D projects linked to key customer needs, product development initiatives
Lead the R&D team in identifying and developing new products, projects and technologies
Develop, test and commercialize new value-added seafood products and processes
Deploy expertise in the areas of product formulation, flavor applications, ingredient interactions, analytical methods, statistical design of experiments, and commercial processing scale-up
Initiate and lead the new product development (NPD) process including development of new product specifications
Lead cross-functional teams to develop and implement improved products and processes
Oversee the corporate chef and culinary function.
Maintain current knowledge of key technologies, developments in food science, trends in the food industry, and market research to ensure the organization takes advantage of relevant information and expertise
Promote continuous improvement through on-going teaching and training opportunities, product quality improvements, line extensions and process optimization
M.S. degree in Food Science/Technology/Engineering, natural sciences, or closely related field
7–10 years product development experience in the food industry with at least 5 years in a leadership role
Exceptional communication and presentation skills
Ability to effectively collaborate and communicate cross-functionally, influence decisions and provide direction
Strong project management skills; set and manage project objectives, critical paths and timelines
Excellent organization and attention to detail
Ability to work under own initiative, comfortable setting goals, analyzing performance and course corrections as needed
Understanding of product development cycle from concept to commercialization including cost parameters and shelf life implications.
Proficiency with MS Office and data base software
About King & Prince Seafood
King & Prince Seafood is a premier producer of value-added and sustainable seafood products with manufacturing facilities in Redmond and Bellingham, WA, and Brunswick, GA. For over 90 years, our team of talented professionals has been delivering the highest quality seafood products to restaurant operators and foodservice distributors throughout North America. Adopting the Global Standard for Food Safety, the benchmark for best practices in the food industry, we have consistently received the highest grades for our company’s food safety and quality systems in our three facilities.
As part of Nissui, the second largest seafood company in the world, we aim to attract the best and the brightest people for our organization by offering competitive pay and benefits, exceptional opportunities for career growth, and a work environment committed to Safety, Quality, Engagement, Fairness and Teamwork.
King & Prince Seafood is an inclusive employer committed to maintaining a work environment that promotes diversity and equity for all.