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Sr. R&D Project Manager

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Sr. R&D Project Manager
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Sr. R&D Project Manager

Our client is a growing natural foods & CPG company that is looking for a Sr. R&D Project Manager. The ideal candidate will have a passion for the natural/organic food space and be able to combine a generalist/project manager skill set with a “hands-on” R&D product developer/food design competency.  This role will be the lone R&D function resource and will integrate closely with all disciplines of the company (supply chain management, sales and marketing) as well as our external co-manufacturing partners to ideate, and optimize the consumer experience with our product and brand.  


Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Manage co-manufacturing relationships for innovation and product improvement projects.
  • Integrate seamlessly with sales, marketing, and supply chain.
  • Manage product flavor/product extensions or movement into new verticals from concept to launch.
  • Responsible for the timeline, process, budget management for line extensions and new products.
  • Improve and revise products based on new or developing consumer trends.
  • Identify, research and monitor industry developments of potential new product technologies and/or processes that will benefit the company and delight consumers.
  • Full responsibility for R&D and continuous improvement including but not limited to: identifying new, more cost efficient, suppliers while maintaining product quality.
  • Work directly with ingredient manufacturers and internal departments to help correct and/or optimize any product issues.
  • Lead the relationship with outside consultant(s) for Regulatory/Labeling.
  • Manage external partners on packaging innovation in coordination with marketing function.
  • SME (Subject Matter Expert) for the R&D function within company.
  • Can wear multiple hats and be comfortable with taking on other duties as assigned and not necessarily foreseen in this job description.


Required Skills/Qualifications (including but not limited to):

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Bachelors in Food Science, Food Engineering or related field is a plus. 
  • Must have 5+ years of hands on product development, formulation and launching product experience OR 5+ years of experience as a R&D generalist/project manager in the Food industry. 
  • Must have demonstrated hands-on Food Science experience and is an established, successful R&D Project Manager.  Must have proven success in the generalist/project management side OR the technical/science side of R&D.
  • Motivated, practical leader in a start-up like environment. 
  • Must have intrinsic passion in the Natural/Organic R&D function. 
  • Must be self-directed and have the ability to “hustle” to complete tasks with excellence and on-time. 
  • Must be motivated by the desire & personal satisfaction that comes with building a successful brand/enterprise.
  • Demonstrated success optimizing margins, and other Continuous Improvement related goals.
  • Ability to work confidently with Regulatory/Legal consultant.   
  • Ability to work with tight yet practical deadlines, sometimes on parallel projects, and willing to commit to get projects done as needed to deliver on-time and with excellence.
  • Willing to check e-mails and calls after hours and on weekends is required.   
  • Willing to do light travel as needed; up to 10% of the time.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are required.   
  • Ability and wiliness to work in a small company environment, open office plan.
  • Must be able to pass all pre-employment background, drug and criminal screens.

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