Sr. Manager of R&D

Long Beach, CA

Posted: 03/04/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 82.19MR Pay Rate: 120,000

Sr. Manager of R&D

The company is seeking a talented Sr. Manager of R&D will deep food science expertise who can develop highly customized products that meet client needs and excel in the consumer market.  The Sr. Manager R&D is responsible for leading a team of R&D professionals.  This individual must be able to work effectively with customers as well as internal company staff including the COO, manufacturing, marketing, and sales.  This individual should have a MS in Food Science, deep R&D / food science experience, a successful product development track record, strong management skills, and be passionate about their customers and products.


  • Manage, coach, and develop and R&D team that consistently creates high custom products that meet customer market, flavor, and operational needs
  • Work directly with customers and senior company leadership to gain a deep understanding of customer requirements
  • Develop new products that meet customer needs for flavor, texture, color, nutritional content and price targets as well as adhere to government and industry standards
  • Create an R&D / product development process encompassing all the key steps – from requirements to brainstorming to formulation to customer acceptance
  • Check raw ingredients for maturity or stability for processing, and finished products for safety, quality and nutritional value
  • Assess and incorporate methods to improve aspects of food such as chemical composition, flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, and convenience
  • Develop new or improved ways of preserving, processing, packaging, storing, and delivering foods
  • Manage the project flow and ensure proper fulfillment of completion dates
  • Develop and manage the department annual budget
  • Create and maintain all department documentation (i.e. recipes, processes, etc.)
  • Comply and assist with all food regulation programs – USDA, HACCP, GLP, FDA
  • Foster a positive, high morale, high integrity work environment
  • Work collaboratively with senior staff and employees both within R&D as well as other internal functions to ensure alignment, cooperation, and trust

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

JO:  82.19MR


  • 10+ years of food science / R&D experience; minimum of 3 years in a management role supervising an R&D team
  • Masters level in food science or related fields such as chemistry or microbiology
  • Certified in food regulation programs – USDA – HACCP, GLP, FDA
  • Documented success in developing new food products that have excelled in the consumer market
  • Be a passionate self-starter and have interest in growing, learning and sharing
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, experience with ERP (e.g. Syspro)
  • Preference for individuals with industry experience in developing new products for large quick service restaurant chains and food manufacturers
  • Some travel required to trade shows and select customer meetings

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

JO:  82.19MR

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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