*** This position will sit in Waco, TX***
Purpose & Scope:
Oversee and manage commercialization of new products, for Pilgrims Prepared Foods group, by forming cross functional teams to meet project deadlines and cost expectations. Poultry will be the main protein of focus but not limited to it.
Manage and be an integral member of cross functional teams in both Fresh and Prepared Foods
Provide focus to individual team members, report results and risks to management, and respond to team needs
Primary focus on commercialization of products, plant yields, ingredient usage/waste and consumer complaints
Support management of departmental policies and protocols.
Establish, manage and meet measurable timetables for all team members
Represent departmental and company interests in all internal and external communications and presentations with customers
Facilitate the coordination and completion of all inter-and intra-departmental inquiries on time
Execute analytical techniques to extend scientific theories in innovative research projects
Utilize knowledge of scientific research principles, practices and protocols in research projects
Assist in developingyearly operating budget required to execute an annual R&D plan
Develop, monitor and communicate performance metrics to ensure appropriate alignment and executive awareness
Plant production environment
BS in Meat/Food Science or related field plus a minimum of 7years relevant work experience highly desirable
MS in Meat /Food Science or related field plus a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience highly desirable
Familiarity with PLM and RD modules in SAP highly desired
Track record of successfully bringing new products to market and cost optimization
Protein experience in Product Development with marination and coating systems highly preferred.
Proven project management, supervision and possesses outstanding presentation & communication skills.
Travel up to 10-15% of the time
Bilingual in English/Spanish highly desired
Supervision of Personnel:
Supervisory experience highly desired