Product Development Manager

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Product Development Manager
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Product Development Manager
Product Development Manager role available for a gluten free food manufacturer! Seeking a talented and self-motivated leader in bakery product development. This individual will report to the R&D Director. The Product Development Manager’s primary responsibility is to create products and troubleshoot production issues to ensure the company always produces the safest and highest quality products on the market.
Location: Mountainville, NY

Job Responsibilities:
  • Lead and execute product development, product/process improvement and commercialization project.
  • Design and execute experimentation using established procedures, interpret results and translate into solutions/recommendations
  • Plan, coordinate, execute and document plant trials and commercialization activities.
  • Collaborate with the Manufacturing Organization to identify, scope and text new production equipment and processes.
  • Identify new and unique raw materials for use in new and existing products, identify and cultivate relationships with suppliers.
  • Troubleshoot and identify solutions to product and quality control/consistency concerns.
  • Actively participate in ideation for Innovation, Process Improvement and Issue Resolution
  • Lead and participate in culinary and sensory evaluation of prototypes, recipe or process changes and competitive assessments.
  • Drive continuous improvement throughout the supply chain by highlighting non-conformances, leading cross-functional root cause analysis and issue resolution.
  • Continuous review of consumer and customer complaints, analyzing for trends and lead plant investigation of major concerns.
  • Work in a collaborative and exciting growing business.

Required Skills/Qualifications:  
  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Engineering, Culinary Arts or related field.
  • 8+ years experience in Product Development, strong preference for experience in Bakery, in a manufacturing environment; gluten free formulation experience a plus.
  • Strong understanding and comfort with manufacturing equipment, their processes and capabilities.
  • Good organizational skills, ability to prioritize multiple priorities and strong attention to detail is required.
  • Project management experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Spanish a plus.
  • Self-motivated and strong analytical/problem solving skills.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with MS Office applications (Excel and Word).
  • Comfort working in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.


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