Product Development Manager


Spring Hill, TN


Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage the product development process across all departments
  • Complete customer projects as assigned;
  • Manage multiple application projects and update project managers of project status;
  • Develop flavor and sweetener systems for customers that coincide with their cost parameters and performance expectations;
  • Assess the applicability of new flavor ingredients (i.e. sweetness enhancers and sodium reducers) and determine effectiveness and potential new and existing product applications;
  • Conduct sensory testing in order to ensure product performance;
  • Setup costing templates with base formulas and material pricing;
  • Size bottles, scoops, lids, bags, box, and other packaging as needed;
  • Setup formula and packaging specifications, including testing specifications;
  • Enter raw materials and formula testing specifications into LIMS;
  • Assist with materials sourcing, including gathering samples and documentation;
  • Taste and approve production blends as needed;
  • Work directly with customers when needed in order to achieve quick project turnaround;
  • Manage product development reports as defined on the organization chart;
  • Follow cGMP guidelines and processes as established in department SOPs;
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary.

Requirements and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S. in Food Science or related area); along with a minimum of 3 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in product development;
  • A proactive leader able to manage multiple projects and personnel;
  • Has strong analytical skills with demonstrated technical competence and initiative ;
  • Basic knowledge of flavors and flavor applications;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and drive deadlines;
  • Works effectively with people from varying functions and levels;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and oral communication;
  • Flexibility to travel approximately 25%;
  • Knowledge of database software; order processing systems; Project Management software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.
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