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Kayem Foods, Inc. R&D Innovation Manager in Chelsea, Massachusetts

A premium branded food processing company. This organization offers a stimulating and fast-paced environment, a culture based on values, respect and teamwork, and an opportunity to make a difference where your efforts are rewarded.

We are currently recruiting for an experienced R&D Innovation Manager to join our R&D team as we take the company to the next level of growth. In this position, you will report to the R&D Director and be responsible for managing multiple projects that fulfill programs and interest areas that have been identified in the strategic plan, applying both technical and management skills.

We are currently recruiting for an experienced R&D Innovation Manager to join our R&D team as we take the company to the next level of growth. In this position, you will report to the R&D Director and be responsible for managing multiple projects that fulfill programs and interest areas that have been identified in the strategic plan, applying both technical and management skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage projects from initiation through scale-up working with Brand, Sales, Operations and Finance teams.

  • Manage multiple assignments/technical projects concurrently and possess the ability to prioritize between a variety of business initiatives.

  • Scope, identify and test feasibility of new opportunities/products.

  • Create new ideas, develop prototypes and lead product initiatives

  • Play a key role in the leadership of the Innovation Process

  • Review current systems and processes such as new product development, commercialization, post launch and improve or develop as needed to achieve objectives

  • Select and source vendors for raw ingredients based on quality, availability and pricing.

  • Determine supplier capabilities and fit to meet company’s product, processing, quality and cost requirements.

  • Resolve supplier related issues around cost and quality.

  • Lead cross-functional teams to search for, visit and qualify new co-manufacturing partners.

  • Advise co-manufacturing partners on cost, volume, yield or quality improvements

  • Liaison with cross-functional teams during product development process.

  • Develop and manage new project tracker to keep innovation projects to timeline.

  • Develop projected products costs for annual corporate budgeting purposes and manage to budget.

For an individual who is highly organized, has excellent communication and negotiation skills and has project management experience.

  • BS degree in a Food Science, Food Technology or a similar scientific discipline. 8-10 yrs years of food manufacturing experience. Meat industry experience a plus.

  • Excellent leadership skills with strong business acumen.

  • Strong written, verbal and written communication skills, able to converse with multiple levels internally and externally.

  • Strong analytical, planning and organizational skills.

  • Heavy emphasis on project management, working in an influencer environment

  • People leadership, influencing skills, conflict resolution

  • Capable working in a very fast paced and dynamic environment.

  • Self-starter capable of working through defined projects with a “take charge” attitude.

  • Proven history of multi tasking

  • Team player

  • Track record of managing several projects at the same time to successful completion on time.

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