Director Product Development
Division: Kettle Creations
Type of Position: Full-Time
Statement of Purpose
This position is responsible for directing new product development for Bob Evans, Owens branded retail and food service businesses. Encompasses entire span of development activities from concept identification through market introduction. Provide a technical resource for ingredients, formulations, equipment, regulatory affairs, co-packer qualification. Create and maintain specification systems of new products. Support marketing and sales functions as needed (i.e.: presentations, recipe development etc.).
Directs the development of new products starting with an initial concept or idea and developing through prototype, scale-up and introduction stages.
Directs the enhancement of existing products through redesign of formulations, packaging or processes.
Insure that new and existing products are in compliance with all applicable regulations. Manage label approvals for all new items
Direct and create communication vehicles to keep key positions informed on the status and direction of new product projects.
Directs and manages sensory and consumer testing for new products. Activities include: test design, panel recruitment, test execution, tabulation and interpretation of test data, communication of results.
All other duties as assigned.
Thorough knowledge of retail food industry, ingredient and purchasing suppliers
Extensive background in formulating for meats, entrees and convenient food products.
Broad understanding of food processing systems and equipment
Knowledge of regulatory programs.
Strong verbal, and written communication skills
Effective project and people management skills needed.
Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and within a team environment.
Extensive retail product development experience including management of technical personnel.
Bachelor’s Degree in Food Technology, Food Science, Meat science or related area
Required to travel approximately 20-30% of the time
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; climb or balance; and taste or smell.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.