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10 Aug 2017

West Coast Project Manager – California

Posted by Tara Schwartz, tara@producecareers.com – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #31975

The Product Innovation Manager key responsibilities is to act as a project manager for all Product Innovation projects and a process manager for the software used to manage all projects. Additionally, to manage the document and record control for the product development facility operations and co-manufacturing facilities and lead new innovation projects.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and maintain all project types in Accolade software, including but not limited to: New items, artwork reviews, discontinuation items.
  • Act as project manager for all Product Innovation projects including: creating timelines, setting up deliverables and tasks, ensuring accountability of all team members on their tasks, scheduling and running meetings for PD team and Operations.
  • Be Company expert on all new product development projects.
  • Manage the maintenance of document control of key documents for product development- product specifications, raw material specifications, etc.
  • Facilitate document control, ingredient, and raw material vendors.
  • Facilitate inter-departmental discussions and meetings related to new products to ensure we are keeping on time and on task to deadlines required.
  • Develop and Manage raw material samples and custom sample requests.
  • Participate in new vendor evaluations for raw materials, ingredients, copackers, etc.
  • Manage new products from ideation to launch using product development software and working with product development team. Participate in vendor management of new product development including but not limited to: annual documentation requirements, new samples, quotes, and transition to Operations teams.
  • Participate in company sensory and food sensory teams.
  • Manage and maintain all raw material, ingredient and finished product specifications on the S drive and in Navision.
  • Develop and manage item process in Navision.
  • Develop and manage First production run process, finished product spec process, artwork review process, and others as they relate to Product Development
  • Support the Compliance manager for new item related projects to ensure full regulatory compliance is evaluated.
  • Communicate a positive image of the company to the entire staff and customers.
  • Participate in facilitating market consumer research, product testing, etc.

Knowedge/Skills:

  • Ability to work extended hours throughout the year and flexibility on schedule.
  • Ability to work in a very fast-paced environment, with multiple moving deadlines and action items.
  • Team player as it relates to a strong, positive and diplomatic enforcement of policy and procedure
  • Willingness to travel 20-30% of time to various co packers internationally and domestically.
  • Assist in problem solving and in making this a more effective organization. Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills including read and write the English language.
  • Manage details of multiple projects in an efficient and organized method.
  • Must have proficient computer skills with Microsoft applications; word, excel, outlook.
  • Knowledge of food technology systems and food manufacturing process a plus.
  • Culinary drive for innovative product design.
  • Statistical analysis and data trending experience a plus.
  • Qualifications: 4 year Bachelors degree, preferred in Food Science or related field
  • Experience as a project manager for new product development for 3+ years min
  • Experience at a food manufacture in some capacity, not having to relate to product development
  • Experience with an internship or full time job at a food manufacturer.
  • HACCP Certified or a strong knowledge of HACCP based systems a plus
  • Valid California Driver’s license.

Please contact Tara Schwartz, tara@producecareers.com

Job Categories: Operations, Production, Processing. Job Types: West Coast. Job expires in Endless.

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