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R&D Manager

Michael Page

This is a Full-time position in Anaheim, CA posted February 17, 2021.

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The R&D Manager will be responsible for managing the design, development and implementation of R&D initiatives to support all business objections. They will also be responsible for maintaining cross-functional relationships to ensure successful planning and execution of company’s initiatives.

Client Details

Our client is a US-based food company in operation for almost a century.


  • Proactively works to prevent process or product failures and continuously improve product quality by working with Operations to develop plans, process controls and training to ensure least cost, highest quality production.

  • Ensures that all new or changed product requests from Sales are processed in a timely manner per Sales Management prioritizing.

  • Coordinates with Labeling, QA and Food Safety Departments to ensure the accuracy of information.

  • Shares technical expertise with Lab personnel and customers, as needed.

  • Works with Production to improve processes to achieve better yields and/or labor costs.

  • Ensures that files are maintained with all appropriate information including labels, specifications and SQF requirements.

  • Collaborates with Purchasing to approve new ingredients and supplies.

  • Communicates with members of Operations, Sales, Marketing and Quality Assurance on a regular basis to report progress on projects and receive feedback from the various departments to develop products that meet the customer’s expectation

  • Reviews projects related to customer requests for new products and internal requests for process and product improvements.

  • Additional responsibilities as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in Food Science or related field (Masters degree a plus!)

  • 5+ years experience in the flavors industry

  • Leadership/management experience – ideally 2+ years

  • Able to work independently to ensure completion of R&D strategic goals.

  • Must be able to identify consumer insights ad translate them into finished products.

  • Proven track record with working effectively as a business leader and cross functional teams.

  • Able to multi-task, think creatively, and work as part of a team.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Responsible for managing junior team members or technicians.

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.

Job Offer

Medical, dental, vision and 401k!