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Essential Functions:
The Director of R and D provides strategic and tactical leadership to Juanitas Foods research and development efforts. This position works closely with marketing to explore business and culinary trends that help identify new product opportunities and make recommendations for new products. The Director of R and D also leads the development and deployment of a pipeline of ongoing innovative, safe and high quality products, ensuring the relevancy of Juanitas Foods core products.
In addition, the Director of R and D develops cost savings projects by exploring new technologies, manufacturing processes, ingredients and packaging materials to continuously improve quality, customer satisfaction, and cost in order to fuel our companys business growth.

Specific Responsibilities Include:
:Works closely with company executives and cross:functional leaders in the development of strategic plans for R and D to meet business objectives.
:Works closely with VP of Operations to develop an ongoing strategy and plan for cost saving projects and efficiency gains.
:Provides leadership and partners with marketing to ideate, develop and commercialize successful products and platforms.
:Works closely with co:manufacturers R and D departments to facilitate product innovation and commercialization.
:Partners with Director of QA to ensure the ongoing food safety and quality of new and existing products.
:Develops a robust system of record management for product formulations and life cycle management. Develops and manages systems to accurately capture and document work.
:Designs and conducts shelf life studies, including product and package performance under various conditions and makes recommendations for appropriate adjustments in product or package as required.
:Identifies and develops new technology (product, packaging, manufacturing, process) opportunities to drive better and faster innovation.
:Capture and analyze key process data to determine and communicate process variables and execute corrective actions.
:Manages stability testing policies, procedures and documentation requirements.
:Prepares and reports progress of research and development work, and recommends the addition, expansion or discontinuance of projects.
:Coordinates departmental human and capital resources to develop new product prototypes that meet the corporation product development goals.
:Participates regularly in consumer and market testing activities.
:Identifies suppliers of key new ingredients to be used in new product manufacturing.
:Develops a network of outside contacts such as customers, vendors, suppliers, consultants, and educators.
:Oversees initial manufacturing runs of new products, develops manufacturing procedures, tentative specifications for key raw materials and finished products.
:Works closely with other functions in the continuous quality improvement process.
:Provides R and D support to existing products.
:Provides financial budget and
recommends/justifies R and D related capital expenditures related to business unit.
:Strong people management and development skills to empower and maximize an individuals potential and talents.
:Excellent interpersonal skills for optimal interactions and communications with internal and external customers.
:Handles special projects on a need to basis.
:Manage Research and Development personnel on a day:to:day basis; coaching, mentoring and holding accountable.

Bachelors degree from an accredited college/university in Food Science, Engineering, Biology or related Food science or engineering field; a Masters degree is preferred.
Experience and Background:
Culinary experience.
Bilingual English:Spanish a plus.
7 to 10 years of experience in the food industry field and at least three of them in a managerial role.
Must have experience in project management and demonstrate good working relationships with cross:functional departments such as Op


• Location: Los Angeles

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