Manager, Platform R&D

Job Posting Title Manager, Platform R&D Position Summary Primary Purpose The Platform Manager will deepen Ferrara's innovation portfolio through the development of new platforms and breakthrough innovation projects. Major Responsibilities Works closely with Product Development team, Innovation Portfolio Manager, Engineering, Marketing, Innovation analyst, Consumer Insights Analyst Develop a platform strategy in conjunction with category GMs and the Innovation Portfolio Manager with annual objectives and KPIs Translate data and insights into actionable innovation project plans with sound financial feasibility, including new product platforms and long-term horizon projects Track emerging technologies and start-ups and translate learnings into the new platform strategy Collaborate with Consumer Insights to develop an understanding of consumer trends and potential demand Collaborate with Brand/Associate brand Managers and Innovation Analyst to rapidly test ideas and incorporate early consumer feedback Oversee research initiatives to align experimental design to overall company growth strategy. When the new platform has been approved, partner with the category GMs and Brand Mangers, Research Lead , and Portfolio Manager on establishing a go-to-market strategy and timeline Competencies/Skills/KnowledgeRequired Minimum of 6 years in R&D or innovation, preferably at a food company with minimum of 2 years of team management. Experience managing complex processeswith colleagues across tenures and roles Strong knowledge of food science, food chemistry, and engineering Familiarity with food manufacturing processes, quality assurance principles, and ingredient interactions Enjoys working in results oriented, customer focused, team environment Proven track record in developing strategy; guiding experimentation, and finding creative and new solutions Education and Experience B.S. Food Science, Engineering, or related field required. M.S. preferred R-00869
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
5 - 7 years

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