TreeHouse Foods Senior Director, Research & Development - R01219 in Oak Brook, Illinois

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Full time

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IL Oak Brook

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Research and Development

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Senior Director, Research & Development

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+ Partner with the Division General Managers, Marketing, Sales and other cross-functional teams in being innovative strategist

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+ Manage emulation and innovation priorities and resource allocation for the Division

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+ Provide technical leadership for the design, development & implementation of product development initiatives to support strategic and business goals/objectives

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+ Utilize existing or emerging technologies to provide consumer valued points of competitive differentiation that drive tactical & strategic business growth

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+ Identify & execute continuous improvement initiatives that deliver profit enabling opportunities with sustained or improved quality ratings

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+ Maintain ongoing working relationships with Center and cross division R&D groups to ensure use of "best practices" and to incorporate applicable technology developments into business unit development programs

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+ Review and evaluate projects to completion, shifting direction as appropriate

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+ Coordinate department activities to assure work is properly budgeted, scheduled and completed within specified timelines

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+ Ensure that proper intercommunication between R&D, Marketing, Supply Chain and Sales is achieved to maintain effective working relationships

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+ Continuously support projects from customers to develop new product offerings that provide significant short and long term growth

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+ Direct the development and approve product and process specifications for manufacturing

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+ Provide technical consultation and direct technical investigation to reduce product failures, improve costs and assure quality

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+ Direct the appropriate testing of products, data and reports toward approval of modifications to products

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+ Direct training, education and career development programs to fill department needs and company-wide technical needs for the present and provide a succession plan to accommodate future staffing needs

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+ Evaluate and makes recommendations concerning the application of new ingredient/processing technologies. Stay apprised of new ingredients technologies used in the industry

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+ Develop and manage the Research and Development budget, ensuring efficient utilization of resources

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+ Collaborate with key customers


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nSkills, Knowledge and Abilitiesn

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+ Advanced knowledge of Food Science/Food Chemistry and Nutrition; knowledge of ingredient functionality/interactions; ability to apply this knowledge in the product development and manufacturing environment to support business goals

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+ Ability to assess and problem-solve product/process/package interactions and challenges, shelf life and critical to quality product and packaging properties

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+ Demonstrated problem solving, continuous improvement and strategic thinking skills

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+ Strong understanding of product development and commercialization processes

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+ Strong understanding of supply base and industry trends

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+ Excellent communication skills - written and verbal

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+ Strong influence and negotiation skills

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+ Show genuine teambuilding and collaboration skills

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+ Ability to represent TreeHouse Foods externally

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+ Must be well balanced between the strategic view of the work and the execution aspects of the job. Have the ability to adapt to change with our evolving and growing company

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+ Strong business acumen with an ability to mesh business needs with technical c mpetencies

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+ Strong project management skills with the ability to manage complexity and multiple, simultaneous projects

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+ Demonstrated competency as a positive change agent with proven experience accelerating the performance of R&D personnel and groups

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+ Ability to develop both longer range plans that address key business and technical needs and balance that with shorter term operating plans

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+ Demonstrated managerial courage that does not waver with a constantly changing business landscape and environment

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+ Has successfully developed and grown technical professionals


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nMinimum Education and Experiencen

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+ Bachelor's degree in Food Sciences or a related discipline, post graduate degree preferred

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+ Minimum 10 years progressive experience across leadership roles in product development and food safety gained in the manufacturing industry, preferably in a strategic setting in a mid to large size organization

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+ Lean/Six Sigma/CI training an asset

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+ Experience in the development of grain-based products (pasta, hot cereal, ready to eat cereal, etc.)


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+ Must be able to travel up to 25% with no destination restriction.


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nDisability Assistancen

TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to al