Director of Research and Development

Location: Manchester, NH

Department: Research and Development

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor

FoodState is seeking a Director of Research and Development to join our growing team!

FoodState is a pioneer in the natural products industry, being the first company to make vitamins from scratch, with farm fresh whole foods. For 40+ years, we have been making wholesome nutritional supplements that deliver the promise of farm fresh foods. All of us at FoodState are committed to producing the most authentic nourishment possible, and are dedicated to improving the lives of others with the products we make.

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

Direct projects and a Research and Development Team while ensuring that FoodState’s meets its objectives for researching and developing new products and improving existing products.  Ensure that projects and products meet customer demands and contribute to FoodState’s revenue growth.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Direct the Research and Development (R&D) team, from new product proposal to commercialization.
  • Drive accountability, consistency, quality, and process standardization across all phases of research and development.
  • Develop and monitor research plans and budgets for R&D projects, ensuring projects are completed on time and within cost objectives.
  • Coordinate Science, Research and Technical aspects of projects.
  • Ensure that stakeholders are kept fully informed.
  • Act as R & D subject matter expert and collaborator/advisor with the Brand and Operations Teams regarding manufacturing capabilities, product and machine acquisitions, market trends, and new technologies.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Strong collaboration skills - works effectively and cooperatively with all levels within the organization and departments
  • Ability to generate innovative solutions; tries different and novel ways to deal to solve project roadblocks and opportunities.  
  • Drives for results - sets high standards; monitors progress toward goals; tenaciously works to meet and exceed goals.
  • Demonstrates good business judgement; uses data from various sources to draw conclusions
  • Ability to develop complete and accurate budgets, project justifications and timelines
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a science discipline; Advanced degree is a plus
  • Strong project management skills
  • 10+ years of related Research and Development experience in the CPG and/or natural products industry
  • 5+ years of management experience mentoring and growing a staff

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • A company that is in the business of improving people's lives.
  • A staff that is ready to mentor and encourage you to grow with the organization.
  • An organization with a strong national and local presence and reputation, poised to become internationally renowned.
  • Very competitive compensation plan that is salary and comprehensive benefits that are available your date of hire:  medical, dental and life insurance, 10 paid holidays, and 12 days of PTO your first year, increasing to 15 days of PTO after your first anniversary and a matching 401(k).

 

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