Manage and lead the Product Development team for all of the corporate strategic business units of Nature’s Way in the United States. Manage the Product Development team through all of the commercialization process stage gates, including concept development, raw material identification and procurement, formula creation, pro forma cost analysis, bench and pilot development and commercial scale-up. The New Product Development Director works with cross functional teams of Marketers, Regulatory, Procurement, Operations, Technical Manufacturing, suppliers, Quality and QC associates to plan projects and deliver new products to market in a timely manner, on budget and within strict regulatory parameters.
The Director of Product Development will be the head supervisor for the United States PD team, based primarily in Green Bay, WI. The Director will be responsible for advocacy of the group’s organizational chart; recruiting and staffing; interviewing, hiring, and training associates; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining associates; and addressing challenges and resolving problems.
The Director will establish annual goals for the associates that are in alignment with the commercial strategies of the organization. Additionally, the Director will conduct formal annual and bi-annual reviews in a timely manner to ensure associate development, accountability and effectiveness. The Product Development Department’s Project Managers and Technical Leaders/Food Scientists will report directly to the Director.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Requires a Master’s Degree or PhD in a Science related program such as Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, or Nutritional Science/Medicine.
- A minimum of ten to fifteen years of work experience in the Natural Health Products or Functional Food industries, preferably in a significant product development department/function.
- Successful track record of at five to eight years of leading, building and developing a new product team.
- A successful pedigree of new product development and launches, preferably in the nutrition or dietary supplement industries.
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