Director of R&D

Spencer, IA

Posted: 04/18/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 176.19KO Pay Rate: 150,000 - 170,000

Director of R&D

The Research and Development Director provides technical and strategic business leadership necessary to support the overall product development, application development and process development / improvement goals and objectives of the company.  In so doing, the Research and Development Director develops and implements a systematic approach working directly with the customer in order to develop new product formulas, test ingredients, schedule trial runs and report test results with recommendations to move product and process development to commercialization.  The Research and Development Director assumes total accountability for the identification, development, testing and scale-up of a potential new product for commercial introduction.  The Research and Development Director is accountable for working with the Sales, Marketing/Optimization and Business Development teams to ensure products meet criteria for successful market introduction.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Product and Process Development and Optimization
  • Works with sales and business development staff to understand customer product lines and develop strategies to reduce costs or enhance product functionality
  • Researches products / customers that company should work with on development projects
  • Travels to customer to make functional project presentations
  • Works closely with customers regarding products; suggests / identifies problem solving solutions or alternatives
  • Manages the development of shelf-life guidelines and specifications for new products, coordinates guidelines with QA Director and follows up on product issues seen and identified by QA department
  • Assists in the control of ingredient costs through new product development, analyzing food cost information, and suggesting cost saving ideas and changes for currently produced products and new products under development
  • Works closely with Operations and Supporting Cross-functional teams on process development and improvement projects to properly assess USDA or FDA regulatory needs, processing technologies, quality parameters and process savings
  • Researches other egg companies’ products and execute side by side comparisons
  • Assesses all Intellectual Property Opportunities on new product and process developments and files associated patents or trade secrets with review by company’s legal counsel
  • Leadership: Coordinates with management on project priority list and report on progress weekly
  • Ensures team and self are capable of leading the technical portion of Stage Gate projects and meetings to ensure timelines are met
  • Establishes budget for projects and department
  • Participates in business development team meetings and operational leadership team meetings

       and operational leadership team meetings

  • Provides Research and Development team leadership including staffing requirements and hiring process, and performance coaching and development of Establishes and monitors co-worker performance and developmental goals, assigns accountabilities, sets objectives, establishes, priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administers salary adjustments as required
  • Cross-functional Support:
  • Works with Purchasing Department on alternate sourcing or products as needed; prepares and evaluates products for use in plants
  • Coordinates and executes functional product testing by working cross-functionally with the QA and Operations teams to ensure company’s products meet customer’s functional requirements
  • Acts as a resource for plants on formula and product failures
  • Gives expert advice on how to solve production problems

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  176.19KO



  • MS degree in Food Science or equivalent
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in R&D, Application Development, QA function within Food Industry
  • Minimum 4 years of supervisory experience
  • Strong knowledge of industry practices: USDA, FDA, State regulations
  • Demonstrate ability to apply principles of logical scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems
  • Understanding of Microbiology and the ability perform analytical food quality testing
  • Awareness and knowledge of surroundings in relation to climate, atmosphere and equipment
  • General knowledge of relationship of nutrition, pet food and feed ingredients
  • Understanding of various types of lab equipment and pilot plant equipment utilized in the food protein industry and final customer product applications
  • Understanding of ingredient interactions, processes and capabilities in the manufacture of egg-related products
  • Mathematical Skills:
  • Logical / analytical to include percentages, fractions, and advanced algebra
  • Ability to work with concepts such as limits, rings, quadratic and differential equations and proofs of theories
  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables and nonverbal symbolism (formulas, graphs, etc.)
  • Ability to understand and interpret testing results
  • Statistical analysis of data a must
  • Leadership Skills:
  • Demonstrate managerial, project management and leadership skills
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and decision-making abilities that reflect depth of knowledge, focus on the customer, and recognition of business objectives
  • Demonstrate ability to make group presentations on controversial or complex topics
  • Commitment to a team environment and a willingness and ability to learn

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  176.19KO



Kristine O'Sullivan
Sr. Partner

The Food and Beverage Division specializes in the placement of technical professionals in the food and beverage industry from entry level to executive level candidates. I have a talented group of recruiters who specifically source Technical Sales Professionals, Scientists, Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Executive Technical professionals, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Technical Service, Nutrition, Analytical and Corporate Chefs. We work on both a contingent basis for professional level searches and retained search for executive level searches. CPS, Inc. has been in the talent recruitment business for 40+ years and we recruit nationwide.

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