Wornick Foods is a leading supplier of convenience foods and military rations for the U.S. government, co-manufacturing branded food company partners, and food retailers.
This position is located at our Blue Ash, OH facility.
This position reports to the Sr. Product Development Manager.
This position is responsible in carrying out the investigations, experimental design, packaging testing, decision making, and commercialization of new packaging, packaging renovation and packaging maintenance projects. In collaboration with cross-functional teams and working independently under the leadership of the Sr. Product Development Manager, the incumbent is responsible to manage project deliverables of multiple complex projects to contribute to achieving short and long term departmental and company objectives. This position will work closely with cross-functional partners in business development to carry out package design and development work leading to products that deliver on consumer needs. The position works collaboratively with manufacturing, quality and supply chain functions to assure products consistently deliver on product design.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Working with a high level of independence, the incumbent will manage multiple complex product and process development projects and programs.
Take ownership in problem identification and resolution to facilitate new or improved packaging, package upgrades, new or improved processes and cost-savings.
Assure that package design fully incorporates plant insights and customer needs.
Assure new and renovated packaging is integrated into production systems to assure long term, commercially successfully products are launched into the marketplace.
Coordinate development of package features and benefits, storage, shipping and handling information with organization to assure full regulatory compliance and successful communication with sales team and customers.
Productivity and Cost Management
With a detailed understanding of standard production cost models; designing products to achieve targeted pricing and margins.
Working closely with product development, engineering and operations, define capital equipment needs to commercialize new products and justify expenditures against product potential.
Investigate and recommend cost savings opportunities within current products.
Understand and relate how product cost variances affect key financial indicators.
Innovation and Idea Generation
Keep current on new packaging, processes and equipment through trade journals, professional meetings, food shows and meetings with technical representatives.
Support philosophy of encouraging all members of the organization to participate in generating new package ideas, continuous product and process improvement.
Know current USDA, FDA, FNS regulations as they relate to the food packaging industry.
Establish knowledgeable contacts with expertise in USDA, FDA and FNS regulations. Develop packages and processes with a defined HACCP program.
Customer & Consumer Understanding
Understand the needs of the customer and their specific consumer and market segments.
Participate in interactions with business development and customers to provide appropriate product information; network with sales representatives to understand opportunities.
Act as a coach, mentor and technical resource to research and development and cross-functional staff members.
High level contributor to developing data and assisting in presentations to senior leadership and customers.
Participate in an environment of exploration and investigation; practice fact-based decision making.
Establish and Maintain Critical Business Relationships
Build supportive relationships with cross-functional peers within the Wornick Foods labeling, business development, manufacturing, sourcing, packaging engineering, finances and business support functions.
Build partnerships with packaging suppliers.
Communicate frequently with industry contacts to stay abreast of technical and market developments.
Participate in team and development activities (taste panel, meetings, committees, task forces).