The Research and Development Manager is responsible for overall planning, research, execution and analysis for innovation within the company from idea generation to product launch. We are looking for a high-level visionary with intense focus to detail, who is also comfortable researching and analyzing data and regulations. Key areas of this role will focus on:
- Assisting our founder in creating innovations for the company – from idea generation to product launch.
- Establishing a well-designed analytical evaluation as well as recording process for product consistency check – from batch to batch evaluations to shelf life study.
- Explore external source of innovation, knowledge and technology and assist Wayfare to build and create innovation and productive relationships.
- Coordinate, perform and record results of analytical procedures, including sensory evaluations and shelf life testing.
- Work closely with our manufacturing, including creating and maintaining required certification documents and records, understanding and applying current FDA labeling regulations and evaluating ingredients.
- This position requires some travel and schedule flexibility.
- 5+ years’ experience in food innovation
- Master’s degree in food science or Dairy Technology preferred
- Demonstrate strong skills for research, analysis, self-motivation, attention to detail, problem solving, organization, interpersonal and communication
- Ability to effectively communicate with internal staff and external resources
- Must be self-motivated, detail oriented and have good problem-solving skills
- Proficient in Microsoft word and Excel
- Passionate about food
- Participation in WayFare’s Group Health Plan
- Employer contribution to employee’s Health Savings Account (HSA) (pending HSA eligibility requirements)
- Participation in company 401k
- Car mileage allowance
- 2 weeks paid Personal Time Off (PTO)
- Paid Holidays
- Paid Jury Duty benefit
- Pension Plan benefit
- Life Insurance benefit
- Disability Insurance benefit
- Health Club Membership Reimbursement Program
- Cell phone and Laptop will be provided
- Company Credit Card
- Work related expenses will be reimbursed at cost.