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This is a Research and Development (R&D) role leading short-term projects as well as directing and executing against longer term innovation projects across KHI (Soft Cheese and Process Cheese). Specifically, this role will manage the R&D interests for the major categories of Soft and Process Cheese, in addition to Italian Cheese, and Dairy Proteins. The candidate should have technical expertise in Process and/or Soft Cheese, commercialization experience, and a proven record of developing and executing work plans to drive for business results. Ideally, the candidate would have experience in Dairy Science or Food Science with Cheese/Dairy product development experience. Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role, which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment.
Work directly with cross-functional team, plants, and vendors as R&D project leader to execute projects as well as
Develop technical strategy for the KHI cheese category, and investigate areas that can lead to a sustainable competitive advantage
Remain connected with and represent KHIs interest on R&D and business initiatives for Cheese that overlap with the Refrigerated and Foodservice business units
Vet out innovation ideas and drive innovation agenda for Soft & Process Cheese
Act as technical/commercialization expert to manage/coach/mentor junior developers
Execute product testing, qualification and commercialization in laboratory and production environments, and guide direct report to do the same
Translate research findings into meaningful business opportunities and communicate to cross-functional teams
Assist in evaluation of scoping opportunities
BS/MS degree in Dairy Science, Food Science or related field
Seasoned product development experience with cheese products
Minimum 4-6 years of experience in Research & Development or related field
Experience with ingredient applications & commercialization processes
Familiarity with customer interactions
Comfortable working with Manufacturing facilities
Strong communication and technical writing skills
Travel approximately 20-25% of time
Glenview R&D Center
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