Research and Development Manager

Eau Claire, WI

Posted: 04/03/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 118.23KO Pay Rate: 100,000 - 120,000 Experience:

Job Description

Research and Development Manager

The main accountabilities and responsibilities of the Research and Development Manager will include:

  • Supervise company New Product Development (NPD) activities
  • Develop new products according to a global eligibility and priority program as a key member of the Global Innovations Team and in close relationship with the whole Innovation group
  • Scale up from lab to pilot plant scale
  • Maintain a network of strategic raw material suppliers
  • Perform research needed to ensure continuous improvement in quality, maximizing capacity, and minimizing costs of existing products
  • Lead or be a participant in global innovation projects
  • Subject matter expert for any technical question related to current and alternative drying processes
  • Run shelf-life tests and storage tests
  • Support food application and quality control with sensory tests
  • Have a good understanding of costing, legal, and quality constraints
  • Be the direct technical contact to key customers and toll manufacturers
  • Co-develop and monitor annual US NPD budget with the GID
  • Oversee continuous improvement of R&D capabilities in the US including lead for significant upgrade projects
  • Assist and be accountable for the industrial launch of every new product
  • Assist sales and technical sales of technical questions
  • Identify new promising trends
  • Be accountable for work and product safety in R&D pilot plant / lab
  • Actively participate in the company SAFE Program
  • Responsible to report food safety problems to personnel with authority to initiate action
  • Manage the US Innovation Team (at least 1 technician + interns)
  • Provide appropriate development plans and training including annual performance reviews

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

JO:  118.23KO

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • Food Processing Engineer, BS in Food Science, Biochemistry, Bioengineering or related field with at least 3-5 years industrial experience
  • Knowledge of spray drying processes
  • Proven experience in lab / pilot plant construction projects
  • Comprehensive verbal and written skills required
  • Creativity, with out-of-the-box way of thinking
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and prioritization skills required
  • Experiences in regulatory compliance
  • Experience in team management
  • Ability to train and coach interns
  • Domestic and international travel on occasion
  • Knowledge of blending, roller drying, agglomeration, packaging, and ultra-filtration highly preferred

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

JO:  118.23KO

Meet Your Recruiter

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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