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Director or Research & Development

Company: ProSearch
Location: Portland
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

The Research & Development Director will be responsible for the R&D Department including its team members and activities. They will develop innovative products for the brand that will lead the market.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead a small, internal team to support the development of products.
Develop testing and approval procedures and processes for the department.
Collaborate with the Operations, Purchasing, and Marketing Departments to ensure smooth rollout of products.
Oversee departmental budget.
Oversee and prioritize all department projects.
Conduct meetings for the R&D committee to present product concepts and proposals.
Direct and oversee department strategy.
Resolve issues pertaining to the department that may arise from the field.
Act as strategic technical resource for food safety and quality. Evaluate and provide direction concerning the application of new formulations, process improvements, or technologies.
Collaborate with the marketing department to develop a pipeline with innovative new products to keep and widen competitive advantage.
Analyze trends, market research, and utilize that data in the development of new products.
Participate in the execution of testing on equipment and products; implement testing procedures and assess feedback/reporting success factors to determine launch plans.
Analyze success of products, including LTOs, to determine future strategy.
Develop optimal packaging design for products.
Foster and maintain relationships with purchasing and vendors.
Travel occasionally as necessary to other locations and tradeshows.
Complete other projects as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Able to be a leader and team player that excels at working with cross-functional stakeholders from concept to finished product.
Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex strategies or topics.
Ability to analyze problems and identify resolution at both a strategic and functional level.
Demonstrated ability to influence others and affect change.
Demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior.
Ability to be solutions oriented, proactive, results driven and a self-starter that can work with little supervision.
Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with the ability to shift gears quickly.
Qualifications and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology, Chemistry or Biochemistry (graduate degree preferred)
Eight+ years of overall professional R&D experience, preferably with management experience
Strong analytical and communication skills
Experience in the beverage industry preferred
Highly motivated and self-directed
Creative and able to think creatively

Keywords: ProSearch, Portland , Director or Research & Development, Executive , Portland, Maine

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