Product Development Specialist - Chocolate


Posted: 07/24/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 329.19MR Pay Rate: 95,000

Job Description

Product Development Specialist – Chocolate

Technical lead on project teams to deliver innovation and renovation portfolio and optimization / improvement projects.  Represent Technical Application Group as subject matter expert for product / packaging / process to transfer knowledge to the factories.  Collaborate internally and externally to build relationships in order to continually improve technical skills and personal development.

Implementation of Innovation & Renovation strategy for the supported product categories in the Market.  Implement / execute product / packaging / process development activities (e.g. mockup, bench top, pilot plant, distribution testing, and internal, external factory testing) to achieve project goals and deadlines to delight the consumer & customer.

Introduction of new product, packaging, and processes within the factories and external manufacturers.  Collaborate internally and externally (marketing, T&P, raw & pack material suppliers, etc.) in a team environment to develop, industrialize, and launch new products, quality improvements, compliance, and productivity cost savings.

Continuously improve/optimize current product, packaging, and processes within factories and external manufacturers according to local business needs and supply situation and/or implementation of initiatives.  Develop, approve, maintain, and sustain the product, packaging, and process standards and specifications.

Ensure adherence to all product/packaging/process standards.  Comply with company requirements (include Nutritional Requirement, Sustainability, Packaging Safety), external standards, and local regulatory framework.  Develop and/or assist in the development of market level product / packaging / process standards within the company systems.

Continuous improvement of technical skills and personal development, while expanding internal and external networks.

Develop expertise for product / packaging / process mastership within TAG.  Develop the competencies required for product / packaging / process mastership to enable manufacturing excellence.  Provide guidance and input to Operations for Standard Operating Procedures.

Provide first line support to factories.  Ensure knowledge transfer related to product / packaging / process mastership to eliminate the root cause of assistance requests.

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

JO: 329.19MR


Job Requirements


  • BS or MS degree in Food Science, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Packaging Science, Packaging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field
  • Position requires approximately 20-50% travel
  • Prefer minimum 4 years of product / packaging / process development experience in CPG or related field of work in factory environment
  • Chocolate technical experience a must
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and high performing environment
  • Exceptional organizational skills & ability to manage multiple projects and assignments
  • Strong communication skills; interpersonal, presentation, oral and written
  • Highly motivated, critical thinker, goal oriented and easily adapts to change
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office applications:  Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Project
  • Preferred: SAP and CAPE Palletization Program

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

JO:  329.19MR


Meet Your Recruiter

Mary Rigas
Section Manager/ Sr. Technical Recruiter

I specialize in connecting talent within the Food and Beverage Industry and proud to be part of CPS, Inc., which is on Forbes Top 20 Recruiting Firms list for 2017.

Being a manager and senior recruiter in the Food & Beverage group, our specialties include product development, quality, nutrition, regulatory, sensory, flavor development and application from entry level to executive.

I am part of a team of seven which provides more positions for candidates to consider and more candidates for client companies to consider.  We pride ourselves in building long lasting relationships and assisting both candidates and client companies in achieving their goals.

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