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R&D Director

Job Title
R&D Director
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Director of R&D


We are working with a growing bakery company that is looking to fill a newly created R&D leadership role in Orange County, NY. Our client is looking for a dynamic, creative, hands on R&D Director. Please apply if interested!

Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Must have a solid understanding and foundation in innovation, product development, regulatory, & packaging development with a proven history leading innovation projects in a CPG environment
  • Identify consumer trends, lead consumer research, identify potential opportunities, unmet consumer needs
  • Assist company in prioritizing financial/business opportunities for larger scale innovation projects
  • Act as the go to resource for QC/QA in the manufacturing facility
  • Coordinate with sales, marketing and supply chain
  • Manage product flavor/product extensions, concept to launch
  • Responsible for project timelines, budget management for new line extensions and new products
  • Work with team to improve products based on consumer trends
  • Identify new cost savings initiatives, new suppliers while maintaining product quality
  • Coordinate with ingredient manufacturers and internal departments to help correct and optimize product issues
  • Work with outside consultants on labeling/regulatory
  • Coordinate and lead the relationship with external partners in packaging innovation


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


  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate with experience
  • 5+ years’ experience of hands-on product development in a CPG environment; bakery experience is a major plus
  • Past leadership experience with R&D/project management
  • Strong problem solving and thoughtful decision making skills are a must
  • Must have a proven history in R&D or R&D project management
  • Able to work confidently with an external regulatory/legal consultant
  • Able to multi task – work on tight deadlines, handle multiple priorities at once
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Internal Drive – the desire for excellence





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