Senior Product Developer

Job Title
Senior Product Developer
Job ID

Sr Product Developer

We are working with a growing food/tech plant-based company that is looking to add a Sr. Product Developer to create new plant-based dairy products. This role will help guide products from ideation to commercialization while coordinating with co-manufacturers. This role will report to the Product Development Manager. Must have previous experience in product development in food, dairy or plant-based products is preferred.
Location: This is a hybrid role. Must be commutable to their NYC HQ 2-3 times a week.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Design and execute bench-top tests and pilot-plant trials to deliver high-quality food products with superior sensory attributes
  • Use sensory and instrumental analysis to guide the development process
  • Participate in full product lifecycle, from product concept to successful commercial launch
  • Support process development, scale-up, and technology transfer
  • Leverage external resources to identify potential raw material solutions, conduct pilot tests, sensory analyses, and positively influence project timelines
  • Maintain detailed documentation, experiment tracking and outcomes, and document finished good specifications
  • Communicate proactively and effectively with cross-functional teams including Marketing, Quality, Sales, and Operations
  • Collaborate closely with the Global R&D team and corporate functions to accelerate knowledge transfer, troubleshooting, and commercialization efforts

Required Skills/Qualifications:  
  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in science, food science, engineering or related field, a Master’s degree is a plus
  • Must have 5+ years of experience in R&D in the food industry; previous work developing and commercializing plant-based dairy is plus
  • Needs to have a proficient understanding of the principles, ingredients, methods, equipment, and techniques used in plant-based dairy manufacturing
  • Must have a proven track record of innovative research and developments projects
  • Must have strong technical project management skills
  • Needs to have strong organizational, data analysis, record keeping, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Needs to be able to lead and influence cross-functional teams
  • Must be highly proficient in computer software/desktop applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with Genesis R&D a plus
  • Must be able to travel in the U.S. and internationally (up to 25%)
  • Must possess strong presentation and relationship building skills
  • Needs to have a passion for working in a fast-paced environment and a proven ability to multi-task
  • Must excel in a start-up environment and be excited to create new procedures and processes from scratch, with a strong entrepreneurial mindset
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. required

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