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NPD Manager

Corona, CA 92879

Posted: 04/29/2019 Employment Type: Direct Placement Category: Chemical Engineers Job Number: 81430

Position Summary:

The NPD Manager, with an emphasis on dairy and protein, is a key contributor to MEC innovation process and product commercialization. The ideal candidate will be responsible for:
  • Develop and drive technical projects to meet business initiatives.
  • Lead vendor and flavor house chemists/ scientists on product development projects.
  • Collaborate with internal corporate and regional resources to ensure successful technology transferring and commercialization throughout global MEC co-packers and bottlers network
  • Act as the dairy and protein expert. Provide direction and guidance to internal and external stakeholders

Accountable for the in-house technical knowledge base to enable a global approach for MEC dairy and protein platform.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Identify and scope new ingredients, processes and technology that fit with MEC innovation objectives.
  • Design project plan from conceptual to commercialization.
  • Drive pilot run protocols with flavorhouses and copacker to ensure product stability and formulation approvals
  • Communicate product requirements and recommendations to external partners. Lead all activities through all stages from development at vendors’ facility to scaling up and commercializing at co-packers and bottlers.
  • Consult on sampling, sensory and analysis of formulations from test runs with the purpose of establishing the right processing. Manage/ design shelf-life tests with external labs if needed.
  • Prepare protocol, document and report. Communicate results and partner with Process Engineer to transfer technical knowledge to Regional Technical Project Managers.
  • Collaborate with QA and QC departments on ingredients and product testing to meet MEC product quality and safety standard.
  • Trouble shoot issues related with batching or raw materials. 
  • Maintain internal database and educate internal stakeholders in the knowhow of dairy and protein ingredients, product development and processing.

  • Minimum 10 years of experience as a New Product Development / R&D / Process Engineer for a beverage and food manufacturer. Dairy and protein knowledge and experience, including ingredients, formulation and processing, is required.

Education, Certification, Licenses & Registrations
  • M.S in Food Science, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related degree. Advanced degree strongly preferred

  • Must have strong business acumen and strategic thinking, be able to connect the dots and apply prior learning or scientific principles to innovative solutions.
  • Experienced with managing/directing/leading project activities with external vendors & flavor houses.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Must be able to perform with minimal direction at a high level. Must be team-oriented and willing to work collaboratively.
  • Must have demonstrated initiative and desire to work in a dynamic work environment with multiple demands. Must be detailed oriented and organized.

Travel Requirement: approximately 40%, both domestic and international.
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