Director, Research and Development - Creamer, Aseptic, Pickles in Oak Brook IL

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Director, Research and Development - Creamer, Aseptic, Pickles
Job ID: 
Oak Brook IL
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Job Types:
Director/VP R&D, R&D/Product Dev Manager

Employee Type:

Full time


IL Oak Brook

Job Type:

Research and Development

Job Posting Title:

Director, Research and Development - Creamer, Aseptic, Pickles

Job Description:

Responsible for setting the strategy to lead the technical activity required for creating and launching new products, manufacturing improvements and cost savings across the assigned categories within the division. This position carries with it the responsibility to mentor team members and grow their capabilities for contributing to the organization while coordinating and managing the efforts of the R&D team to meet the business goals of the assigned categories and overall company.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead and motivate R&D staff in the technical aspects of product development through the investigation, planning, execution, evaluating and reporting on new product development, product improvements and troubleshooting projects
  • Act as the strategic technical contact to the company for the assigned categories
  • Responsible for the R&D team&##39;s completion of the business unit&##39;s high priority projects and critical non-project work. Advise, direct, coach, inspire and review progress to create a cohesive team environment
  • Work across all functional areas to accomplish business goals
  • Critical member of the project pipeline review and prioritization system
  • Responsible for keeping a strategic view of the marketplace and bringing insight to the business
  • Create an innovative environment by collaborating with external and internal partners and by managing the group with passion, intellectual curiosity, integrity and trust
  • Evaluate and make recommendations concerning the application of new formulations, process improvements or technologies, and cost savings projects
  • Assist in development of business goals for divisional team members - individually and collectively
  • Participate in Senior Leadership meetings and provide ideas and expertise on setting goals/direction for the organization
  • Develop and create high performance organizations aligned with strategic direction of the business
  • Direct training, education and career development programs to fill department needs and company-wide technical needs for the present and provide a succession plan to accommodate future staffing needs
  • Lead through planning and objective setting versus day to day oversight of functional group responsibilities
  • Assist with budget planning and be fiscally responsible for delivering on that plan

The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list of all tasks. Additional tasks and duties may be assigned from time to time as necessitated by business needs.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Ten years of progressive experience across leadership roles in product development and food safety in the packaged goods manufacturing industry, preferably in a strategic setting in a mid to large size organization
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to effectively work, influence, problem solve and communicate at all levels of the organization
  • Advanced knowledge of Food Science/Food Chemistry and Nutrition; knowledge of ingredient functionality/interactions; ability to apply this knowledge in the product development, commercialization and manufacturing process to support business goals
  • Proven track record in people management (developing, coaching, mentoring, directing) with demonstrative teambuilding and collaboration skills
  • Strong business acumen with an ability to mesh business needs with technical competencies
  • Demonstrated ability to be well-balanced between the strategic view of the work and execution aspect of the job
  • Must have the ability to adapt to change with proven ability to accelerate the performance of R&D groups
  • Ability to develop both longer range strategic plans that address key business and technical needs and balance with shorter term operational plans

Education: Bachelor&##39;s Degree Required - Type: Food Science/Engineering or related field

Master&##39;s Degree Preferred -- Type: MBA, Food Science/Engineering or related field

Working Conditions: Travel (other than driving) - Up to 25% with no destination restriction

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