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R & D Manager

Location: 

Buffalo, NY, US, 14213 Fridley, MN, US, 55432 MN, US Woodbridge, ON, US, L4L6E1 Eagan, MN, US, 55121 Ft Erie, ON, US, L2A1W3

Req ID:  26803
Segment:  Research & Development

Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $4 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

In this exciting newly created role, the R&D Manager will help manage and lead a team of senior scientists and research technicians while simultaneously helping to develop and implement programs, plan for new product development, and lead product/process improvement technologies. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/OUTCOMES

Key responsibilities include:

Leadership
• Providing daily leadership to create positive experiences to shape beliefs and actions consistent with our desired culture.
• Develops, implements and communicates short and mid-term business plans, consistent with the R&D and the corporation's business strategies and plans.  Ensures assigned associates understand these plans, the link with corporate business strategies, and the role of each associate in accomplishing these plans. 
• Provides support in establishing and implementing R&D strategy aligned with R&D leadership.                                                  
• Establishes operating policies and procedures for assigned area, facilitating efficient and effective performance.
• Provides subject matter expertise in technical assistance for inquiries from customers, sales & marketing, procurement and manufacturing. 
• Cross-functional team leadership on key initiative products and programs 

Project Management
• Manages and/or oversees assigned research, projects and programs related to cost reduction, process improvements, line extensions, new product/process development and commercialization. 
• Utilizes technical expertise in Bakery to drive problem solving activities and ensure solid design of experiments 
• Utilize project and process management best practices to deliver project results within target metrics, implementing a continuous improvement approach:

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

• Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or related field (e.g. Food Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Engineering, Sensory Science, etc.); Masters is a plus. 
• Minimum 5+ years of experience in food manufacturing with minimum 3 years delivering success through leadership of managing direct reports
  o Demonstrated ability in managing and developing direct reports
• Proven success in managing direct reports and cross functional resources through initiatives, projects
  o Demonstrated ability to work with ambiguity 
  o Demonstrated experience managing complex, strategic projects
• Required 3+ years Bakery experience including process grains and yeast raised baked goods 
• Proven success in formulation and process development in innovation and renovation
  o Proven success in delivering new processes and procedures, driving change management to teams, gaining adoption 
  o Proven success utilizing influencing skills
• Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment successfully managing competing priorities
• Proven track record of taking initiative and delivering results 
• Solid verbal and written communication skills; strong presentation ability with all audiences and levels of management
• Travels up to 15% of the time

 

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Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Rich’s”), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.

 

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich’s. Please contact Rich’s Human Resources department at asc@rich.com if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.

BRINGING YOUR BEST SELF TO WORK.

As a family-owned company, caring for our associates—their whole selves—is a top priority. That’s why we provide benefits and tools to help our people balance the integration of work and life:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Health & financial benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Family planning support
  • Flexible work policy
  • Associate affinity groups
  • Volunteering & community impact opportunities
  • Holiday gatherings
  • In-house taste tests (we are a food company after all)!

It’s all part of how we support our family of associates. Because in the company of family, all things are possible.

MEET RICH’S.

Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $3.8 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family.


Nearest Major Market: Buffalo

Job Segment: Manager, Marketing Manager, Business Process, Change Management, Management, Marketing

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