Reporting to the Senior Director, Cookie & Cracker R&D, the Senior Manager- is a key member of the R&D/QA Team, working closely with Goldfish Marketing, Process Engineering, Packaging, Regulatory, QA, Legal and Supply Chain teams, effectively managing R&D for the Goldfish business. Core deliverables entail collaborating with the business team by leading R&D activities from early concept development through commercialization, developing new products, line extensions, LTO’s and platforms which meet consumer needs and are feasible through the supply chain system. He/she supports annual Quality Improvement goals, Technical Service and execution of Enabler initiatives. This role encompasses both management and hands-on responsibilities.
The Sr Manager will manage 3 Scientists and partners with cross functional partners to create and execute strategically-aligned opportunities to drive Goldfish growth and profitability.
Relocation is available for the Senior Manager, Goldfish R&D position.
Manages and leads the commercialization of Goldfish products through deployment of development and commercialization standards and success criteria across R&D/QA while forging highly collaborative relationships in partnership with Marketing, Master Planning, Finance, Legal/Regulatory, QA and Supply Chain Management.
Possesses strong technical skills in baked and snack food recipe and manufacturing. Capable of driving decisions within the cross functional technical team.
Accurately assigns technical risks and develops effective risk mitigation options.
Applies experimental design to ensure recipes and processes are optimized.
Delivers scalable recipes and processes to commercialize new product innovations, delivering technical specifications and documentation to assure smooth roll outs of new equipment and processes into operations.
Assures that the highest standards of achievement are maintained in all Product Development activities, focusing on understanding the consumer drivers via robust Sensory protocol, process/product interactions, process control strategies, and quality assurance strategies.
Fosters an innovation culture in his team and his Goldfish partners by continually introducing new ideas and product concepts for new products, quality improvements, and productivity.
Provides technical mentorship to scientists and engineers within and across organizational structure, and serves as a role model for positive attitude, professionalism, and change leadership in a dynamic business environment.
Provides input and analysis for the Goldfish Product Development budget.
BS and/or MS Food Science
10+ years of experience in the Snacks Consumer Products industry
Strong leadership skills and the ability to set the technical strategy with flawless execution for the technical team coupled with business sense and the creative ability to influence and drive direction with cross functional teams.
Team player with strong interpersonal skills
Thorough understanding of Snack food industry, the competitive environment and emerging trends
High level of communication/presentation skills, with a well-established ability to inform, influence, and negotiate across functions
Strong managerial, coaching, motivational, and development skills with junior, mid-level and senior level professionals.
Strong creative problem solving and analytical thinking skills
Drive for results and a sense of urgency.
Ability to respond resourcefully to new demands and challenges within an ever-changing business landscape
Business headquarters location with associated R&D facility, office/lab/manufacturing environment. This position can involve hands-on project involvement with overall travel time projected at approximately 25 to 30%.
Join us in our $50-millon-dollar newly reimagined headquarters and R&D Snacks dedicated Pilot Plant located in Camden, NJ.
(Monday & Friday, work from home)
(Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, work in collaborative office space)
Anticipated travel of up to 30%, which may include the following:
Handle allergens for multiple food ingredients while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
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Since 1869, we’ve been connecting people through food they love. Our history was created by remarkable people, ideas and innovations.
We are stewards of amazing brands. We have a focused strategy and leading brands in our two divisions: Meals & Beverages and Snacks. We foster a culture of belonging where people come first. We live our values, always, and show great care for the communities we call home. We are passionate and relentless in our pursuit of winning with character, while setting the highest standards for performance.
Mission: Connecting people through food they love.