Sr. Manager R&D

El Segundo, CA

Posted: 06/17/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 180.24AKO Pay Rate: 120,000 - 140,000 Remote: On-Site Experience:

Job Description

Sr. Manager R&D

The duties and responsibilities of the Sr. Manager R&D include but are not limited to:

Essential Job Functions:

  • Design and develop products under the RTD platform which includes new items, optimizations, and cost savings from ideation through commercialization, that meet product guidelines.
  • Execute materials and experiments, gather and analyze data, develop preliminary findings, prepare and present written conclusive reports and summaries to supervisor for projects.
  • Lead and manage all R&D duties throughout product lifecycle which also includes plant trial testing, cross-functional product cuttings and communication, sensory testing, and shelf life.   
  • Lead the investigation and execution of novel technologies, such as new ingredients or product platforms as needed.
  • In partnership with the Vice President, Research & Development, develop best practices to support efficient and optimal R&D functioning which includes lab management, standard operating procedures, shelf life, and sensory testing techniques.  
  • In partnership with the Vice President, Research & Development, establish and execute best ways of working, agile innovation, rapid prototyping, and decision-making tools, to develop, scale, and launch multiple products into new categories.
  • Drive cost savings as a leader and partner to support company profits.
  • Set individual goals for improving and expanding on everyday job functions, as well as on the greater social and environmental aspects of your work. We expect that you remain accountable to these goals and report your progress in performance reviews.
  • Adhere to Client Company’s environmental policies, including our environmental purchasing and recycling policies.
  • Be an active member in enhancing Client Company’s social and environmental impact. Help us continue to evolve our commitment to the planet and the people we serve.
  • Encourage team members’ progress to their individual goals and facilitate group goal-setting for social and environmental performance consistent with Client Company’s ESG program.
  • Coach/lead and provide interpersonal relationship development for all direct reports. Key activities include:
  • Creation of an environment to provide formal and informal feedback; coaching to assist in growth of career and key competencies;
  • Providing day-to-day guidance and problem-solving;
  • Identifying and selecting team members; and
  • Driving high-performance management with clear measures of success.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures.

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

JO:  180.24AKO

Job Requirements

Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in food science or equivalent required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience with 5 years of formulation and commercialization of high protein (dairy or plant), aseptic RTD experience. 
  • Working knowledge of bench top analytical and physical testing equipment and methods, including scales, pH meters, viscometers, and moisture analyzer.
  • Strong computer skills, especially working with nutritional software, spreadsheets, and quality systems. Experience with Excel, ESHA Genesis, project management software, and/or Trace Gains preferred.
  • Good laboratory practices including organized data documentation and presentation, attention to detail, and ability to develop and follow batch protocols.
  • Knowledge and experience in conducting sensory evaluations and drawing conclusions to navigate development. 
  • Ability to design valid tests and draw conclusions. 
  • Ability to lead and manage others effectively and efficiently. 
  • Excellent project management skills with ability to prioritize multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to identify critical path items and risks, and effectively communicate these to the broader team.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across levels and functions internally and with third parties.
  • Self-directed with a demonstrated sense of accountability.
  • Ability to adapt to the changing needs of a dynamic growth-oriented business.
  • Effective leadership, teamwork and organizational skills.
  • This position requires ongoing sensory (Tasting, Smelling, Touching, Seeing) evaluation on many different types of foods and food ingredients with known allergens or sensitizers including but not limited to dairy, wheat, coconut, sesame, tree nuts, peanuts, sulfites, gluten, chocolate, fruit, natural sweeteners, colors. 

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

JO:  180.24AKO

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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