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It all started with a cornfield and a common vision of a vertically-integrated egg products solution, managing the entire process from grain to finished product. This vision led Rembrandt Foods to become a leading egg ingredient producer in the United States, with global distribution. We supply egg ingredients to food manufacturers, brand owners, foodservice industries, and pet care manufacturers. Our expertise touches virtually every food category, including: mayonnaise and sauces, baked goods, confections, pasta and noodles, nutritional beverages and bars, and prepared foods. 

Director of Research and Development

Job Summary:

 

The Director of Research and Development provides technical and strategic business leadership necessary to support the overall product development, application development and process development / improvement goals and objectives of the company.  In so doing, the Director of Research and Development develops and implements a systematic approach working directly with the customer in order to develop new product formulas, test ingredients, schedule trial runs and report test results with recommendations to move product and process development to commercialization.  The Director of Research and Development  assumes total accountability for the identification, development, testing and scale-up of a potential new product for commercial introduction. The Director of Research and Development is accountable for working with the Sales, Marketing/Optimization and Business Development teams to ensure products meet criteria for successful market introduction.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Product & Process Development and Optimization:

    • Works with sales and business development staff to understand customer product lines and develop strategies to reduce costs or enhance product functionality

    • Researches products/customers that Rembrandt should work with on development projects

    • Travels to customer to make functional project presentations;  Works closely with customers regarding products; suggests/identifies problem solving solutions or alternatives

    • Manages the development of shelf-life guidelines and specifications for new products, coordinates guidelines with QA Director and follows up on product issues seen and identified by QA department

    • Assists in the control of ingredient costs through new product development, analyzing food cost information, and suggesting cost saving ideas and changes for currently produced products and new products under development

    • Works closely with Operations and Supporting Cross-functional teams on process development and improvement projects to properly assess USDA or FDA regulatory needs, processing technologies, quality parameters and process savings.

    • Researches other egg companies products and execute side by side comparisons

    • Assesses all Intellectual Property opportunities on new product and process developments and files associated patents or trade secrets with review by Rembrandt’s legal counsel

  • Leadership:

    • Coordinates with management on project priority list and report on progress weekly

    • Ensures team and self are capable of leading the technical portion of Stage Gate projects and meetings to ensure timelines are met

    • Establishes budget for projects and department

    • Participates in business development team meetings and operational leadership team meetings

    • Provides Research and Development  team leadership including staffing requirements and hiring process, and performance coaching and development

    • Establishes and monitors co-worker performance and developmental goals, assigns accountabilities, sets objectives, establishes priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administers salary adjustments as required

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  • Cross-functional Support:

    • Works with Purchasing Department on alternate sourcing of products as needed; Prepares and evaluates products for use in plants

    • Coordinates and executes functional product testing by working cross-functionally with the QA and Operations teams to ensure Rembrandt’s products meet customer’s functional requirements

    • Acts as a resource for plants on formula and product failures; Gives expert advice on how to solve production problems

 

Backup:

  • A trained designee will be appointed by management to cover for absences or vacancies; refer to Rembrandt Foods site-specific facility back-up matrix on file.

     

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Required:

  • M.S. degree in Food Science or equivalent

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in R&D, Application Development , QA function within Food Industry

  • Minimum 4 years of supervisory experience

  • Strong knowledge of industry practices: USDA, FDA, State regulations

  • Demonstrate ability to apply principles of logical scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems

  • Understanding of  Microbiology and the ability to perform analytical food quality testing

  • Awareness and knowledge of surroundings in relation to climate, atmosphere and equipment

  • General knowledge of relationship of nutrition, pet food and feed ingredients

  • Understanding of various types of lab equipment and pilot plant equipment utilized in the food protein industry and final customer product applications

  • Understanding of ingredient interactions, processes and capabilities in the manufacture of egg-related products

  • Mathematical skills:

    • Logical/analytical to include percentages, fractions, and advanced algebra

    • Ability to work with concepts such as limits, rings, quadratic and differential equations and proofs of theories

    • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables and nonverbal symbolism (formulas, graphs, etc.)

    • Ability to understand and interpret testing results; Statistical analysis of data a must

  • Leadership Skills:

    • Demonstrate managerial, project management and leadership skills

    • Demonstrate problem-solving and decision-making abilities that reflect depth of knowledge, focus on the customer, and recognition of business objectives

    • Demonstrate ability to make group presentations on controversial or complex topics

    • Commitment to a team environment and a willingness and ability to learn

       

      Preferred:

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to read, understand and effectively communicate information through writing and speaking so others will understand

  • Public relation skills and phone etiquette

  • Independent Self-Starter

  • Computer Skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet

     

    Equipment:

  • Lab protective equipment/ Safety glasses/Respirator mask in designated areas

     

    Universal Expectations:

  • Follows all Safety, Bio-Security, Environmental, and Animal Welfare Procedures

  • Ensures compliance with and follows all OSHA and REI safety regulations and procedures

  • Ensures that all care is provided with respect to customer, client and co-workers’ rights

  • Ensures a safe and clean work environment

  • Maintains confidentiality

  • Adheres to work schedules in completing and performing assigned tasks

  • Takes appropriate action to ensure the integrity and sustained certification of the SQF system.

  • Responsible for reporting and taking any necessary action to prevent food safety and food quality problems from occurring.

  • Responsible for following and enforcing procedures outlined in the Food Safety Plan and the Food Quality Plan and any other programs that support the SQF system and other 3rd party audits

  • Performs other tasks as assigned