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Research & Development Manager

The Judge Group
La Puente, California, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Academic / Research
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Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description:
Location: Industry, CA
Salary: 100###-####00
Position Summary:

The primary responsibility of this role is the creation of new products that are packaged to be sold in Retail and Food Service. Utilizes established mathematical and scientific techniques to compile and analyze data.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Develops new meat products leveraging expertise in food chemistry, food ingredient functionality and experimental design.

Translates consumer needs into product innovation and renovation.

Independently completes projects to design, develop and improve new and existing product portfolio.

Provides product costs based on commodities, ingredients, and product formulations.

Creates product samples by working with various plant production equipment, such as grinders, injectors, massagers, dicers, slicers, or chillers, etc.

Tests ideas on processing or packaging attributes that would improve product performance or desirability.

Develop and maintain product specification, ingredient statements, allergen information and formulas for seasoning blends and non-meat ingredients; then incorporate respective information into the label design process as needed.

Manages and oversees R&D technical functions such as sensory, shelf life testing, legal label claims, product/packaging improvements etc.

Participates in plant trials and works with new product start-ups - ensure products are made to spec.

Works with production plant personnel on scale up of new products.

Suggest initial order quantities for ingredients and packaging, obtain cost of materials

Act as a technical resource to answer questions about current and new products, plant capabilities, labeling regulations.

Present new products to customers; Presentation often involves cooked preparation of multiple items or full meals - Prepare product samples and ship to customers as requested.

General awareness of USDA regulations, restricted/limited ingredients and approved processing procedures.

Assists QA/QC in the analysis of product that generates customer complaints.

Conduct daily processing activities on production floor with production team.

Provide direction, training and coaching to operation supervisors to implement new items.

Conduct shelf life studies.

Control the process in product development.

Performance Requirements:

Full time employment; schedule may vary by departmental and business needs.

Strength demands: Includes exerting up to 15 pounds of force occasionally

Frequent standing and walking; and the ability to bend, stoop, push/pull, reach and crouch

Subject to work in noise level areas

Ability to work in cold environment

Adherence to all Company personnel and safety policies and procedures.

Ability to work in accordance with safety and food safety policies.

Intermediate ability in Microsoft Office products, specifically Microsoft Excel

Interpersonal and team skills for working with employees at all levels both internal and external

All other duties and responsibilities determined by individual department and/or reasonably assigned from time to time.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

Education: BS or MS in Food Science or related.

Experience: 5-7 years in fresh pork or beef product development in a production or related facility

Strong analytical, organizational and communication skills (i.e. oral and written).

A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
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