This is a technical expert position within the Research & Development organization. The incumbent is responsible for leading R&D innovation and commercialization with an emphasis on cheese, fluid milk
and other cultured dairy products. Primary responsibilities include developing product formulas, processing procedures, and product/raw material specifications for new product innovation, product reformulation, and line extension of existing product offerings
- Foster innovative ideas and products in new categories beyond the current portfolio with a focus on cheese, fluid milk and cultured products that support nutrition, health, and wellness of our consumers.
- Facilitate and foster the ideation of possible new products, line extension, and/or product reformulations with an emphasis on establishing points of difference versus competitors, promotion nutrition/health/wellness, food safety/quality, creativity, and passion for food.
- Plan, execute, and manage the development of prototype products in lab, pilot plant and at production facilities. Maintain stringent technical and experiment documentation.
- Source and maintain vendor relationships to secure the necessary ingredients and packaging that align with prevailing company standards. Evaluate new suppliers and/or ingredients.
- Facilitate needed sensory evaluations and consumer taste panels. Utilize consumer insights to improve product formulation.
- Ensure all developed products meet internal and external guidelines for nutrition, regulatory affairs, and food labeling.
- Own the commercialization of products from ideation through scale up and retail launch.Work with, and provide technical product leadership to, cross-functional teams including but not limited to Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Operations, Finance, Engineering, and Quality Assurance.
- Provide oral and written progress updates to stakeholders and business leaders. Must be able to clearly articulate technical product information in a format that is understandable to non-technical audiences.
- All other duties as assigned