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  • Chicago, IL
  • Sarah Francis

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Research And Development Manager

Leadership Development • Chicago, IL

Posted 24 days ago

Job Snapshot

Travel - Up to 25%
Experience - At least 7 year(s)
Degree - 4 Year Degree
$95,000.00 - $120,000.00 /Year
$12,000.00 bonus
401K, Bonus Plan, Profit Sharing
Food, Restaurant, Agriculture
QA - Quality Control, Research, Restaurant - Food Service


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Job Description

World Class Company seeking Research and Development Manager for Food Product Lines

The R&D Manager provides the technical strategy and leadership for the design, development, and implementation of several food innovation product lines.  This person will build the pipeline of product innovation into new successful food products.

  • Experienced working with “Stage Gate” innovation process and can clearly articulate project status via a commercialization process.
  • Represents the technical  team at cross functional team meetings providing project status updates and resolves any technical issues that affect products launches. 
  • Must be able to work independently within multiple priorities, projects and timelines exercising ingenuity, initiative and judgment in the approach to the design, planning and execution of projects.  Leads Pilot Plant Scale up and Plant Trials for ones projects and prioritizes  team’s projects.
  • Formulates and executes development ones projects from “Bench" prototyping, Pilot Plant testing, factory trials and initial production.
  • Able to cost optimize existing and newly developed formulas.
  • Develop and maintain detailed documentation of ongoing and future projects and provide bi-weekly reviews on the status of projects and expenses.
  • Create and maintain product specifications, formulations, processes and testing procedures.

Key words: Research and Development Manager, Scientist, R&D Manager, 

Research and Development Manager, Scientist, R&D Manager

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science/Food Processing or Chemical Engineering or a related science field is required. An advanced degree, MS Food Science is preferred. Any culinary training or education a plus.
  • Must have proven Innovation track record and Food Product and Process Development experience with significant launches with another consumer products company.  Product development experience working in sauces, dressings, condiments or soups would be a plus.
  • Must have a minimum of ten (10) years of technical and non-technical people management experience as an R&D Manager is preferred.  Must have at least 5 years’ experience directly managing professional scientists, engineers and packaging engineers.
  • Must have Project management experience in developing project timelines, understanding of budget development, scale up and margins/costs; commercialization process and activities and resource allocation
  • Should have good interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to effectively present information and to be responsive to technical inquiries from both internal and external customers.
  • A good understanding of Food Processing and the Regulatory Agencies (FDA, USDA).
  • Ability to be self-directed, forward thinking and to make complex decisions that drive business performance.
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving and analytical skills.

Key words: Research and Development Manager, Scientist, R&D Manager,

Research and Development Manager, Scientist, R&D Manager

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