R&D Senior Director – Healthy Snacking


Connect Search has been retained by a high profile International Food Group who are looking to appoint a Global R&D Senior Director  in Chicago, to lead break through innovation across their Healthy Snacking category.

Reporting to the Divisional President and forming part of the Category Leadership team, the R&D Senior Director will drive world class breakthrough innovation, coupled with industrial excellence.

Key responsibilities for the R&D Senior Director include:

  • Inspire a culture of Innovation and Lead the delivery of new innovation development across a portfolio of brands.
  • Effectively partner with the Manufacturing organisation to ensure that new products are introduced on time and within promised quality/cost targets
  • Stimulates / directs continuous improvement in assets management, fostering the exchange of best cross-plant practices
  • Develop programs and systems that ensure product quality while making effective use of new technologies
  • Develop, implement and deliver an annual and long-term strategic R&D plan. This includes performance metrics in support of the company’s strategic goals.
  • Collaborate with Marketing to develop the innovation agenda and achieve growth and profitability targets.
  • Identify and develop new technology platforms and opportunities to drive better and faster innovation.
  • Ensure that the business is current with new technologies, product concepts, flavour trends, packaging technologies, and health and nutrition issues within the food industry.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Chemistry or a related field.
  • 15+ years of progressive R&D leadership / Manufacturing experience
  • 5 years of experience leading teams.

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