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23 Mar 2017

Southeast Product Development/R&D Manager- Miami

Posted by Tami Lister, Tlister@producecareers.com – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #31392   – Florida

An innovative vegetable processing company with International distribution is seeking a Product Development/R&D Manager to work with corporate directors and top management, growers and farm managers, and technology group in order to improve product shelf life and successfully meet customer needs.

 Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with Director of Value Added Operations and top management
  • Work with sales teams in order to effectively understand customer needs
  • Work with processing and packing team in order to understand intricacies of each commodity
  • Responsible for assuring the quality of fruit and vegetables delivered to end user
  • Evaluate and interpret end user information requirements, identify important trends and present your findings within a competitive commercial environment
  • Act as Member of research team that developed modified packaging using technology to extend shelf life
  • Collaborate with numerous retailers, wholesalers and foodservice companies throughout the country
  • Provide workable solutions to a wide range of technical and customer challenges
  • Conduct laboratory trials and gather package data to determine the utility of produce specific package design
  • Analyze data and report results during product development phase
  • Travel as needed throughout the U.S. to introduce product
  • Manage customer trials with modified produce packaging at foodservice, wholesalers and retailers
  • Conduct retail tests and advise client’s warehouse and retail personnel in the proper use of the technology
  • Write reports to detail the results of the retail tests and reevaluate the effectiveness of designs
  • Perform retail audits to assist in proving the validity of the technology to customers

 Candidate Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Sciences or Agriculture (MS preferred)
  • Experience working in a lab environment or commodity management
  • Post harvest methodology
  • 2-3 years of experience in data analysis and/or applications development
  • All applicants must be technically strong
  • Must show initiative, drive and energy
  • You should be capable of original thought,
  • Ability to challenge existing perceptions and systems with new ideas and approaches
  • Must have: Experience in post harvest physiology or food science
  • Experience handling value added or packaged produce/food products a PLUS!
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple projects and priorities
  • Work in a fast paced, multi-disciplinary environment to produce commercially viable products
  • Ability to travel internationally

 Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary: To commensurate with experience-
  • Benefits: 401k, medical, dental, vision, profit sharing, relocation assistance-

Please note: Our services are confidential; we will not share your resume with out your consent. Thank you.

Please contact Tami Lister, Tlister@producecareers.com

Job Categories: QA, QC, Food Safety, R&D. Job Types: Southeast. Job expires in Endless.

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