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Product Development Manager – California
Posted by Jennifer Mazza, Jennifer@producecareers.com
Job # 33915 / 34743
A well-established food manufacturer is searching for a Product Development Manager to join their team. The position will be responsible for responsible for the product development on new innovation projects. This individual would be actively involved in new innovation from the initial phases of concept development and product design through the commercialization and launch of the product. This position will assist in monitoring consumer/customer trends, the competitive landscape and emerging technologies.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops new products from the initial phases of concept development and product design through the commercialization and launch of the product.
Supports cost-savings initiatives and on-going maintenance of the product portfolio as needed.
Participate in consumer testing, factory acceptance testing, product launches as necessary to ensure success.
Provide ongoing market analysis on new and emerging technologies and input on current and prospective supplier capabilities.
Analyze competitive offerings to identify true performance of their USP’s (unique selling propositions).
Assist Marketing Communications team in creating marketing, packaging and online messaging that convey the accurate technical characteristics of products.
Assist in initiating partnership opportunities (suppliers, other partners) to create ownable new product concepts. Where possible, seek exclusivity via supply agreements, patents, or trademarks.
Represent Voice of the Customer and Voice of the Consumer in product development meetings.
Skills and Qualifications:
Minimum of 10 years of experience in new product development, ideally with formulated and/or perishable food environment.
Strong preference given to experience in formulation experience within refrigerated sauces, dressings, dips, and/or soups.
Please contact Jennifer Mazza, Jennifer@producecareers.com