Senior Manager, Innovation Product Development
The Sr Manager, Innovation Product Development is primarily responsibility to oversee, manage and execute all new product innovation from product brief through finished manufactured good. The Sr Manager will carry out the company vision and mission through their work, as an integral part of the Vital Proteins team. Reporting to the Director of Innovation, this role will operate out of Vital Proteins Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, IL with frequent travel to co-manufacturers and our production facility.
What you will be responsible for:
- Identifying new product opportunities and improvements inline with customer needs and business model
- Translating product concepts to development of products and related activities that support the formulation and development of new products, line extensions, and quality improvement
- Developing formulations and specifications that meet the appropriate nutritional, regulatory and consumer requirements, specifically
- Managing all product change control
- Providing technical knowledge to support to internal and external customer
- Identifying and sourcing ingredients from vendors that are in compliance with established quality assurance standards for appropriate and differentiated use in and across the product portfolio
- Maintaining R&D laboratory, through accurate test design, proper sanitary practices which includes laboratory upkeep of equipment, stocking of supplies and general cleaning of work areas
- Creating product development schedules that are required to meet project timelines
Who you are:
- BS in Food Science, MS preferred
- Minimum 5 years of related work experience with a focus in food and beverages.
- You have a good understanding of food industry standards of quality and foods safety, and FDA
- Able to project manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Able to work cross functionally and departmentally
- You are able to stay calm under pressure and remain focused on the task at hand
- Comfortable in a fast paced quickly growing environment, no two days are the same!
- You are passionate about the health, fitness, and/or beauty market