Reporting to the Senior Manager of Technical R&D organize, execute and lead key process development and implementation activities for the cookies, cones, and crusts portfolio on innovation and brand maintenance projects. Projects will be related to renovation, innovation, quality improvement, new technologies, network moves, margin management, etc.
Provide support on process & technical aspects of the existing brands: supporting stage gate activities, generating process/product specifications, product & process manuals, and quality troubleshooting guidance.
Seek out and evaluate processing technologies in support of the creation of a long term technology strategy
Scope and execute work streams & trials and use results to progress projects and provide recommendations.
Provide robust technical recommendations on technology and process conditions. Recommendations for raw materials (when required) for the benefit of R&D taking into consideration functional properties, quality, and interchangeability.
Collaborate with R&D Product Development Scientists towards the development of new product initiatives from bench to pilot scale, and into full scale execution. Providing technological expertise and ideal process recommendations.
Partner and work closely with Marketing, Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering, Packaging functions, etc. toward successful planning, scale up, and execution of all the initiatives.
Build technical expertise in the cookies, cones, and crusts category by networking with subject matter experts within the company and externally.
Provide guidance into R&D project timelines to ensure required equipment and resources are available for use.
Experiences That Will Support Your Success
B.S. in Food Process Engineering, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, or related field looking to build a long term career within R&D.
Prefer 3-5 years of experience in a CPG R&D or Manufacturing Role, baking experience a plus.
Skills That Will Make You Successful
Collaboration with Others:
Good understanding/appreciation of the broader business environment and application of technical and commercial knowledge during project execution.
Very strong interpersonal skills with ability to influence with integrity through persuasive communication to win support at more senior levels within R&D, Operations and Supply Chain, and to build effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
Good technical, analytical, and communication skills; ability to interpret data and distil into useful and actionable information.
Self-starter, self-motivating: able to balance competing priorities without losing momentum and manage uncertainty and complexity in fast evolving CPG environments.
Quickly analyze complex problems to find actionable pragmatic solutions and constructive action plan.
Able to inspire passion and creativity around shared goals with colleagues, and support an environment of achievement, recognition, and celebration.
Ability to create and use networks to actively seek and take advantage of ideas, best practices, and solutions.
Adopt a positive, inclusive work environment where colleagues feel respected and valued for their contributions
Strive for high standards, seeks innovative solutions, drives continuous improvement of products and processes, and demonstrates a high degree of attention to detail.
highly numerate and computer literate (Microsoft Office), statistical software experience a plus
This role is based in the Chicagoland area, but the candidate must be willing to work flexible hours on occasion and travel as necessary to internal and external facilities to support manufacturing line trials.
Valid driving license is required.
Availability to travel 10-40% of time and higher when required.
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