Global Research and Development Director


Waukegan IL


Industry 1: Food & Beverages
Industry 2: Food Production
Industry 3: Consumer Goods

Job ID: 19851772461
Category: Sales and Marketing
Location: Waukegan, IL

Position Summary:

Our client is a 100 year old PREMIUM ingredient manufacturer looking to hire their 1st EVER Research & Development Director! This is a brand new role to build out a global R&D Department from scratch!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develops and leads the new R&D Team
  • Serves as the internal champion for all Research projects, including initiative-taking and breakthrough technology projects.
  • Enables, executes, and communicates the strategies supporting the brand Annual Operating Plan (AOP) and the evolving Long-Range Plan (LRP).
  • Champions and owns the company food science, product application, and sensory capabilities. Ensures consistent integration and application of consumer insights, culinary and sensory capabilities into R&D processes and best practices.
  • Leverages technology platforms to drive R&D process efficiency, metrics visibility and data analytics across Stage Gate, Product Lifecycle Management, and internal technical data.
  • Prepares annual budgets, strategic plans, estimates, forecasts, statistics, analysis, and financial information in conjunction with ongoing business requirements, priorities, policies, and procedures related to the global company business and R&D Group. Develops, implements, and monitors functional metrics and goals.
  • Continually contributes to company profitability by initiating, recommending, and implementing continuous improvement strategies and cost saving initiatives. Maximizes R&D impact to the P&L to meet/exceed profitability goals.


  • 10 -15 years of experience in food/beverage/ flavor R&D experience

Education and or Experience:

  • MS degree in technical sciences (preferred) and at least 10 years of experience in Food/Beverage/Flavor R&D management, or BA/BS degree in technical sciences (Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, Nutrition, or similar) and ten (15) years of experience in R&D systems implementation and management.
  • BA/BS degree in technical sciences; MS degree preferred
  • Extensive supervisory/management experience in product development.
  • People management experience

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