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Sr. Manager - Research Fellow

Sr. Manager - Research Fellow

Job Description

Senior Manager – Research Fellow
San Pedro, California
in the greater Long Beach, CA area

Big Heart Pet Brands is a producer, distributor and marketer of premium quality, branded pet products for the U.S. retail market, generating approximately $2.0 billion in net sales in fiscal 2013.  Our brands include Meow Mix®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Milk-Bone®, 9Lives®, Natural Balance®, Pup-Peroni®, Gravy Train®, Nature’s Recipe®, Canine Carry Outs®, Milo’s Kitchen®, and other brand names.  Big Heart Pet Brands also produces and distributes private label pet products.

Big Heart Pet Brands currently has opportunities for Sr. Manager – Research Fellow to be located out of our San Pedro, CA facility on Terminal Island in the greater Long Beach, CA area!

The Sr. Manager – Research Fellow is responsible for driving research and product development projects from concept through commercialization, resulting in the launch of new snack or food products, improvement of existing products, relocation of products between production facilities, value engineering, and technology development to enable new product development or cost improvement.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Responsible for formulating and designing complex products with minimal managerial support. Projects must deliver the agreed upon metrics successfully, including (but not limited to) timeline, cost, aesthetic, commercial feasibility and consumer relevance. This position is also responsible for planning and tracking technical deliverables and timelines, and ensuring the technical workflow fits within the overall project plan and timeline.
  • Responsible for efficiently designing, planning, coordinating and executing complex experiments from bench-top through scale-up with minimal managerial support. Accountabilities include all project aspects such as: project design & timing analysis; cost analysis and management; sourcing raw materials; prototype development; rapid protocepting; data analysis & interpretation; managing chemistry & lab analysis; assessing process integration & co-packing feasibility; ensuring products are developed within Nutrition, Regulatory, and QA guidelines; and managing product stability & shelf life testing.
  • Responsible for owning the technical implementation of projects and must be able to troubleshoot and resolve various project challenges with minimal managerial support as needed.
  • Critically reviews experimental results and provides recommendations on high complexity projects. The incumbent must also anticipate challenges and take initiative to pursue alternate solutions as appropriate, with minimal managerial support.
  • Maintain detailed records and have excellent knowledge, understanding and practice of intellectual property development and protection.
  • Assists in mentoring junior staff in developing experimental and implementation skills, and also provides technical support over external research programs. The incumbent must communicate (written or orally) complex messages clearly and concisely, and in a manner appropriate to the specific audience. In addition to communicating current realities, the incumbent must also communicate future possibilities with credibility and influence to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Creates opportunities for new, own-able and relevant technology development for pet products application, driving these efforts internally or through external partnerships (vendors/universities, etc). The incumbent is responsible for building a long-term pipeline of highly differentiated technologies that are both consumer relevant and market viable. The incumbent will lead efforts to protect new technologies to provide Big Heart competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  • Supervise pilot plant technicians, national plant operators (internal and copack), and various support staff. The incumbent also functions as a back-up to the Manager or Group Manager, as necessary.
  • Must have solid business acumen and be able to successfully lead and collaborate with cross-functional team members, including Marketing, Finance, Operations, Corporate Quality and Food Safety, Procurement, Co-pack, etc.


  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in in Meat Science, Food Science, or a related discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years of management experience in Food or Pet Food Industry
  • Minimum of 5 years of formulations experience within Food or Pet Food Industry

Willing and able to travel up to 25% of the time


Other aspects of this position which are required of an incumbent: 

  • Must be able to travel by plane
  • Must be able to work in a factory environment dealing with equipment and raw ingredients
  • Must be capable of travel for extended periods
  • The incumbent will be working at times in a factory setting and must be able to handle the work required during testing including maneuvering around equipment
  • Ability to generate clear written communication, comprehend written and verbal instructions, maintain and record written records, possess mathematical dexterity, and utilize a computer in everyday work is required
  • Walk, stand or sit for extended periods
  • Work and move freely and safely around manufacturing processes and equipment
  • Lift/carry 25 lbs. regularly and 50 lbs. occasionally
  • Work in cramped or confined spaces
  • Bend or crawl frequently
  • Work in manufacturing areas for extended periods, including (but not limited to) exposure to excessive heat, cold, wet/slippery conditions, loud noises, and various smells. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory.
  • Climb on stairs or ladders

Job Requirements


Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Engineering, Research, Science
Education Graduate Degree
Experience At least 7 year(s)
Manages Others Not Specified
Relocation No
Industry Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Food
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 14530
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Sr. Manager - Research Fellow

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