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R & D Manager - Food Processing Equipment

R & D Manager - Food Processing Equipment

Description

Looking for a talented Research & Development Manager who will be responsible for directing, planning, organizing and implementing projects from the conceptual stage through product introduction.

Prior supervisory experience is required as responsibilities will include training and career development for the R & D staff. The position will also interface with engineering, plant and production employees and will supervise a staff of 10 people.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Lead and manage a research and development team focusing on development of innovative concepts for primary poultry processing applications. The position requires knowledge and experience in Food Science rather than Engineering.
Create product development plans, including technical approach, testing, performance validation and resource requirements and allocation.
Generate, analyze and prepare appropriate presentations, reports, technical bulletins, technical papers and data packages for customers and company management.
Analyze, track and communicate current industry trends to help the company be responsive with new product development.
Help translate consumer and customer insight and demand into product attributes.
Assist engineering with the transfer of experimental products to Manufacturing.
Protect Intellectual property by writing invention disclosures and patent applications.
Manage product development project cycle from development to project execution.
Work with regulatory agencies such as USDA, FSIS etc. as needed with regards to food processing procedures and regulations.

REQUIREMENTS:

Excellent, proven project management skills.
A background in Food Science with a strong mechanical interest and aptitude, or a background in equipment engineering with extensive knowledge and experience in Food Science and process improvement.
Knowledge of food safety and government regulatory requirements.
Excellent communication and presentation skills. Will be required to make presentations to prospects and customers as well as company management.
Highly motivated, driven and goal oriented.
A Bachelor?s degree in Food Science or in Engineering, with food related studies.
A minimum of five years experience in Research & Development, at least 3 of which must be at supervisory level, or Masters/PhD degree and two years supervisory experience.
MS Office and MS Project.

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A competitive base salary and an attractive bonus program will be offered to the right candidate.
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