Food Product Development/Ice Cream

25 / 03 / 24 |

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Food Scientist Product Development Director for a Food Processing Plant in the Phoenix AZ area.

This is NOT a chef position. Requires experience with R&D of food processing in a manufacturing plant. Food science and food product development, specifically with non frozen dairy/ice cream.

The Food Scientist Product Development Director plays a crucial role in overseeing existing product support, driving new product development, ensuring quality design, and synthesizing all aspects of product performance to deliver a compelling consumer proposition.

Food Product Development Director Primary Responsibilities:

  • 6 + years of increasing leadership responsibility in food product/process innovation.
  • Innovate product design solutions to align with Sales/Marketing plans.
  • Provide direction and framework for the new product innovation process.
  • Lead, manage, and ensure the timely completion of Product Development (PD) projects.
  • Integrate new capabilities from internal manufacturing and/or co-packer technology platforms.
  • Prioritize and allocate resources for optimal project portfolio delivery.
  • Offer functional expertise in innovation management for differentiated and relevant product designs.
  • Resolve key technical business issues within the brand/segment.
  • Establish Standards of Excellence and Best in Class benchmarks for the team's clarity on product design objectives.
  • Champion Design Quality for the segment.
  • Set Product Quality Standards for all segment/brand products in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Director.
  • Develop and implement staffing and training strategies for technical competence, creativity, teamwork, and broad business knowledge within PD.

Critical Competencies:

  • Project Management
  • Business acumen, cross-functional understanding, and relationship-building
  • Quality Champion  
  • Science & Technology
  • Consumer Driven Design
  • Continuous Improvement mindset
  • Experience in ice cream or non frozen dairy dessert is required.

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Deliver excellence in executing business activities.
  • Shape, lead, and manage multiple areas of development and projects.
  • Possess highly creative technical development and problem-solving skills.
  • Excel in project and people management.
  • Strong knowledge of food science, health and nutrition, food manufacturing processes, quality assurance principles, ingredient supply market, and market research practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of consumer-centered new product development.
  • Capability to lead small or large cross-functional projects.
  • 6 + years of increasing leadership responsibility in food product/process innovation.

Desired Education:

  • Food Science, engineering, chemistry, or equivalent BS degree required, with a preference for a higher degree.

Full-time Salary Range: $90,000.00 – $120,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Monday to Friday with Overtime
  • Weekends as needed.


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