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Stratas Foods

Product Development Manager

Job Purpose

The Manager role exists to provide support to the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI strategy of executing a program based on connectivity and T.I.M.E. to achieve industry Mayonnaise, Sauces, Dressings, Condiments, Shortening, Margarine and Oils leading innovation and technology support. 

The Manager role is a mid-level Product Development position who is responsible for supporting, planning, and overseeing advanced product development initiatives, application testing and participation in internal/external technical training sessions.

Key responsibilities:  Product Development, Technical Support & Service, Applications Testing / Development, Product Specifications, Product Improvements / Cost Savings, Competitive Audits, and Provides Technical Support Outside of the Application Area as Needed / Assigned.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversee a R&D team for assigned program and projects which are broad in scope, high visibility, high risk, and / or highly complex –
    1. Leverage technical expertise to help identify short and long term strategic business opportunities (includes new products, cost reductions, process and quality improvements).
    2. Leads the development of project objectives, action standards and RDI deliverables.  Identify resources required and assemble the RDI team.
    3. Recommends and / or assists in the definition of key RDI milestones, timetable, and project critical path. 
    4. Recommends and / or assists in the definition of deliverables and / or coordinates activities of other RDI team members to ensure deadlines / objectives are achieved.  Develops and implement solutions when either are jeopardized, while ensuring issues are appropriately communicated.
    5. Issue status and update reports to marketing, RDI team and management as required.
    6. Define project deliverables and coordinate activities of support technician(s) or technologist(s). 
  2. Technical Support & Service – Participate in development/execution of internal & external technical training sessions.  Assist in trouble shooting and complaint resolution.
  3. Application Testing/Development – Assists in planning and execution of studies to evaluate impact of oils and emulsifiers on mayonnaise, dressings, sauces and condiments organoleptic and functionality and shortening and oils on bakery category products.  Maintain accurate records.  Issue final report of key discoveries/conclusions.
  4. Product Specifications – Ensure formulations, specifications and data sheets are accurate and up-to-date for application area.
  5. Product Improvements/Cost Savings – Support cost savings and/or enhanced performance projects as assigned.
  6. Competitive Audits – Participate in periodic audits of competitive product, as assigned, to identify developmental gaps and product improvement opportunities. 
  7. Provide technical support outside of application area as needed/assigned.

Education: MS/PhD Food Science or related field or BS and equivalent Industry Experience.  Better Process Control certification a plus.

Experience: Minimum of 10 years Product Development experience in mayonnaise, sauces, dressings and condiments preferred.  Experience in baking or CPG product development a plus.

Skills and Competencies

  • Technical Skills – Solid food science expertise, strong command of ingredients/functionality.  Basic knowledge of mayonnaise, salad dressings, and sauces formulation and processing.  Knowledge of experimental design.  Understanding of fats and oils chemistry and processing a plus.
  • Judgment – Decisive, exhibits sound and accurate judgment.
  • Strategic Thinking – Displays critical thinking skills, proactive in decision making and makes data based decisions.
  • Problem Solving – Leverages a proactive & creative approach to issues/roadblocks.  Develops realistic action plans with clearly identified risks and contingencies.

Equipment and Software: Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook.

EOE M/F/V/D

How to Apply

Please complete this form and email it along with your resume to HR@stratasfoods.com

Stratas Foods
7130 Goodlett Farms Pkwy Suite 200
Memphis, TN 38016
Phone: 888-404-1004

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