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R&D Technical Manager-OR

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for building and leading the company Research and Development department.  Under the direction of the global Head of R&D, the R&D Technical Manager leads and manages the domestic R&D team to complete new product development, process and product improvements, technology reviews, competitive and market analysis, and other R&D tasks.  This position also acts as liaison to other functional groups to ensure effective technology transfer, and successful customer relations.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Research new technologies and opportunities as necessary
  • Ensure that laboratory and R&D files are maintained effectively
  • Actively seek out and develop product improvements
  • Maintain needs of current and future customers
  • Problem solve for Quality and Production groups
  • Evaluate the color, flavor, pH, moisture, and other qualities of food items
  • Complete competitive analysis for customers and internal projects
  • Work with cross functional teams to develop formulations and processes for new products, including packaging, shelf life, cost, nutritional profile, and other analysis
  • Develop applications for the use of company products, including nutritional profile, cost, and other analysis

Manage a team of up to 3 people Requirements:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, or equivalent
  • Must have 5 years Research and Development experience in the food industry
  • Must have a working knowledge of food safety, including; HACCP, GMP’s, CFR 211, and international food regulations
  • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications
  • Must have strong technical, analytical, and interpersonal skills

Must be able to communicate effectively at all levels, using appropriate media

Environment:

  • Working in office, lab, outdoor, and production environment settings 
  • May include working in cold conditions Employees must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Will frequently lift materials weighing up to 50 pounds 
  • Travel is estimated up to 50%, and includes international trips

 

 

ENGINEERING AND MAINTENANCE MANAGER - MO

The Engineering and Maintenance Manager is responsible to maintain all process and production equipment, powered industrial trucks, and facilities for safe and efficient operations of the factory; and, is responsible manage the maintenance staff, the local engineering staff, facility projects, and outside contractors as necessary for the safe and efficient operations of a 24/7 food production facility. This position reports to the Director of Operations, with matrix reporting to the Senior Director, Global Engineering for strategic capital deployment initiatives and projects, and serves as a member of the on-site management team.

Job functions include -

  • Ensuring that all functions are performed with employee and contractor safety as the number one priority.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and supervision for the Engineering and Maintenance team
  • Manage and maintain plant maintenance and engineering departmental budgets.
  • Responsible for the development of the plant capital and expense plans and implements projects accordingly, or partners with corporate engineering staff for efficient project implementation. Project activities will include initial economic analysis, design and engineering, feasibility planning, equipment sourcing, capital appropriation development, and execution of the project including equipment purchase, coordination and supervision of installation, project cost tracking and control, equipment/system start-up, personnel training, and system documentation.
  • Provides technical support to the plant as required including safety, quality, reliability or other areas as needed.
  • Resolves problems using solutions that involve new techniques, technologies, or concepts.
  • Provides direction and example for interpretation and application of company policies and procedures to the maintenance and engineering activities of the plant.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of new technologies which may improve operations, and develops recommendations accordingly.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of safety policies and regulations to ensure plant safety and a safe environment and culture for all plant associates.
  • Provides direction for and application of company policies and procedures for the plant engineering and maintenance activities.
  • Responsible to develop and execute preventative maintenance program in conjunction with support staff and personnel, including maintaining the spare parts inventory.
  • Develop line/equipment layouts, develop system/equipment costs, benchmarking of standards. Evaluate alternative options and recommending “best case” scenarios.
  • Ordering equipment and coordinating installation; Startup of equipment/systems and assessment of performance versus projected benefit(s).
  • Provide technical troubleshooting as required to support ongoing plant operations.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Leadership skills necessary to provide effective performance management of the engineering and maintenance staff.
  • Professional skills and competencies necessary to recruit and hire highly qualified and capable staff for the engineering and maintenance department.
  • Financial skills necessary to manage large budgets and projects.
  • Interpersonal and communications skills necessary to engage in and deliver meaningful and constructive communications across a wide range of audiences.
  • Computer skills should include but not limited to: MS Office products, Visio, MS Project, MMS systems, ERP systems, Understanding of basic networking principles and set ups, Understanding of Controls Systems and basic ladder logic principles, AutoCAD.
  • Operator skills to operate a variety of Powered Industrial Trucks, and a familiarity with equipment operation.
  • Technical writing skills and skills in the presentation of technical information, for effective delivery of complex information.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles necessary to serve as a resource on any maintenance or engineering initiative taking place in the work environment, including troubleshooting of equipment and systems.
  • Knowledge of codes, standards, and regulations necessary to ensure compliance with all maintenance and engineering activity.
  • Knowledge of equipment common to liquid and spray drying food processing facilities.

Accountabilities include:

  • Supervision of the Engineering & Maintenance team, including direct and indirect reports.
  • Engineering and maintenance budget for the facility, including routine and non-routine capital as needed to support operations.

Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Six (6) to eight (8) years related experience or training.
  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university. Major(s): Engineering – Mechanical, Electrical, or related engineering discipline.

Additional Requirements:

  • Travel required: Up to 10%, domestic and international
  • Schedule requirements: Typical schedule is Monday – Friday, day shift, but this position is expected to be available to work off-shift hours, including evenings or weekends as required to support a 24/7 manufacturing operation. This role is also expected to be on-call and available for unexpected after-hours engineering and maintenance needs.

Safety, Health, and Environmental Manager-MO

Plans and coordinates safety, environmental and health program requiring application of safety and environmental principals to analyze and control conditions contributing to occupational and environmental hazards.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develops and implements programs and policies for monitoring and preventing chemical hazards, physical hazards, and environmental hazards at the facility.
  • Surveys, complies and analyzes data relating to the occupational and environmental health issues such as chemical exposure, fumes, noise, temperatures, dust, vapors, mist, gases, solvents, lighting, and ergonomics which are known or suspected of being real or potential detriments to health.
  • Performs environmental, health and safety evaluations and facility emergency response duties. Maintains and provides input to hazardous communications, including maintaining safety data sheets and chemical approval.
  • Maintains portable monitoring instrumentation and equipment.
  • Implements or recommends control measures for exposure to hazardous materials or conditions.
  • Advises employees, visitors and contractors on company and regulatory requirements designed to ensure compliance with health, safety and environmental regulations.
  • Provides technical guidance to management, government agencies, and civil groups regarding health related problems and correct use of protective clothing or accessories.
  • Monitors the company’s safety, health and environmental standards in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Maintains a program and system to track and evaluate worker injuries and environmental and safety recommendations.
  • Assists management with preparation and maintenance of the safety budget. Serves on the behavioral based safety committee and chemical hygiene team, assisting the team leaders in driving the team’s success.
  • Leads incident investigations and other groups or teams involved in environmental, health and safety.
  • Develops and facilitates training for workers on issues related to environmental health and safety.
  • Updates and maintains environmental permitting and reporting requirements for the facility.

Education and/or Experience

  • Work with licensed health care professionals to evaluate work related conditions and determine appropriate return to work plans.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Demonstrates a strong knowledge of Safety, Health and Environmental regulations
  • Able to coach, develop and influence others without direct supervisory responsibility
  • Exhibits decision making skills
  • Maintains customer focus, while demonstrating courageous leadership
  • Exhibits attention to detail Able to read and interpret written information
  • Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness Completes work in timely manner
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Four year degree (B.S.) in Safety, Industrial Hygiene or Risk Management with 3-5 or more years of related experience.

 

 

NOT YOUR USUAL V.P. OF OPERATIONS

An unusual, but highly successful, small group of companies seeks an unusual person both to head up its domestic and international operations – and play a significant role in the Company’s business development and marketing activities.  This means the individual will comfortably wear a creative, entrepreneurial, business building “hat” every bit as important as the Operations one.  That is what sets this job apart from many conventional operations management roles.

OUR COMPANIES

Our company and its several domestic and international subsidiaries are world leaders in alcohol and flavor management services.  Those services have become indispensable to various leading beverage marketers – of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic products and have even helped trigger some significant new beverage market trends.

From small beginnings 26 years ago, we’ve become the world’s largest owners of the advanced technologies we use.  Although we’re quite widely known as the largest provider of wine alcohol adjustment services, we have also enjoyed great marketing and financial success in other fields.  The most recent of these is distilled spirits, thanks to some extraordinary breakthroughs we’ve made in the R&D area.  Our impact on the global spirits industry will soon be comparable to the success we’re enjoying in wine.  We have become adept at identifying nascent global trends (and the evolving consumer needs that drive them) which our technologies and skills are best qualified to serve, and we have a long profitability track record to show for it. 
As all this implies, we’re creative ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers, unafraid of risk. 

THIS JOB

In the role, the successful candidate will become a member of our small, tight-knit global business building team, reporting to the company’s founder and CEO.  He or she will be responsible not only for overseeing diverse processing operations which run with dependable efficiency, but also playing a vital role in developing and executing creative business strategies – and in helping ‘evangelize’ these to our target markets.

As VP of Operations, the individual will oversee an excellent small team of skilled middle managers and equipment operators, and the effective use of our technologies (some of them proprietary).  As a key member of the business building team, he or she will work very closely with the respective heads of Business Development and Innovation. The chosen individual will have a significant say in every aspect of the Company’s growth plans.

 The compensation package includes generous benefits and will also reflect the qualifications and experience of the person chosen.  Among the benefits will be an increasingly important profit sharing opportunity in various forms, including a stock option plan, as we believe in sharing the fruits of success with those who make it possible.

The company is an Equal Opportunity employer.

THE RIGHT PERSON

Qualifications for this job include the following:

Strong proven production management experience in food and beverages, ideally including wine and/or distilled spirits, and an interest in creative process design

 

  • (Probably) an engineering degree
  • (Probably) an MBA and additional practical experience embracing total business management
  • Ideally some international experience and evidence of adaptability to other cultures

Particularly keen interest in the creative entrepreneurial aspects of business building, and in the problem solving challenge always involved in breaking new ground

 

 

Category Manager

 

Position Summary

 

 

 

Strategic category leadership is the primary responsibility of the Category Manager.  This individual has ownership of a specific group of products and is viewed as the expert from raw material to finished pet food.  The Category Manager develops and deploys product strategy on a global basis.  This position, working closely with global R&D, regional sales and marketing communications, implements the category 5-yr strategic plan and product specific go-to-market strategy based on market intelligence. 

 

In conjunction with the Vice President of Marketing, the Category Manager is responsible for all aspects of the business impacting their category including: organic growth of the business through new product development and commercialization, existing product sales expansion, portfolio management, product roadmap strategy, pricing, sales funnel development, channel effectiveness, gross margin, profitability, competitive intelligence, market research, and Voice of Customer (VOC).

 

Job Functions

 

  • Lead strategic marketing for the category based on market research, competitive intelligence, segmentation, VOC, and hypothesis testing.  Create the category product roadmap that aligns products to market opportunities and identifies any technology gap needed to successfully win within the targeted segmentation.  Develop robust business cases with command of key drivers and sensitivity of those key drives against net-present-value and return-on-investment for your category that can be evaluated along other business cases for overall AFB prioritization and funding.
  • Develop and execute your category go-to-market plan working with sales and R&D that includes: sales funnel development, product positioning with demonstrable differentiation that can be monetized by segment and persona, communication plan with promotions and digital campaigns, pricing by segment, forecasting, tracking metrics, and sales/customer service training.  Responsible for ongoing analysis of category portfolio to root-cause and counter-measures gaps to plan.
  • Lead cross-functional team consisting of R&D and sales to analyze global learning and generate product and portfolio recommendations that drive continued category growth.  Under the leadership of the Category Manager, this team determines the timing and resources needed to deliver new products and will be held accountable for timely product introductions that meet agreed upon performance targets.
  • Identify and monitor competitors and research market conditions or changes in the industry that may affect your category.  Collect data and generate reports that analyze customers, competition and the industry using charts, graphs and explanatory text.  Design, conduct and manage market research and perform market trends analysis our industry.
  • Participate in customer visits with the sales team and develop strong cooperative relationships with our key customers.  Assist the sales team by creating customer specific collateral and presentations that enable them to delight the customer, ultimately realizing additional business. 
  • Deliver year-over-year gross margin improvement for your category deploying various methods, e.g., innovation that enables value-added price premium, price realization, product rationalization that improves operational productivity, reformulations that deliver same performance at lower cost, kaizen to drive-out non-value added cost, and raw material cost reduction.  The Category Manager will determine the optimal mix of these methods to achieve revenue and profitability targets.
  • Drive year-over-year quality improvements working closely with R&D and operations.  Active engagement in problem solving that improves product consistency, e.g., analysis of customer complaints, design quality into the product at conception, champion business cases for capital equipment that improve quality, etc.
  • Work with marketing communications to develop and execute the product marketing communications strategy for your category.

Accountabilities

 

May have direct reports as well as matrix reports with global responsibility. 

 

Skills

 

  • Demonstrate the capacity to manage changing priorities and ambiguity while remaining controlled and positive.
  • Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, as well as ability to present and engage audiences.
    • Ability to communicate effectively in a multicultural, multinational environment and mobilize cross-functional high performance teams.
    • Ability to effectively communicate with executive leadership and employees.
    • Excellent technical presentation skills.
  • Exceptional team building skills.
    • Strong relationship management skills.
    • Ability to effectively collaborate with others to reach mutually agreeable outcomes.
    • Ability to effectively build relationships and work across functions and regions.
    • Experience in a collaborative team environment, delegating workload and responsibilities.
    • Ability to lead and manage large-scale projects.
  • Exceptional marketing skills.
    • Ability to identify key data sources and utilize data driven insights to build business cases, effectively improve business decisions and enact positive change.
    • Demonstrates a strong customer orientation.
    • Experience conducting global market research, marketing or advertising with an international focus.
    • Experience designing and executing research projects to identify consumer habits and practices, satisfaction levels, product concept development, usage and awareness, purchase drivers, and branding and positioning.
    • Experience in product marketing, new product development and product launch marketing research.

Knowledge

 

See “skills”

Competencies

 

Communication - Anticipates information that is needed and meets the need with highly credible and insightful material; delivery is clear and concise. Expresses ideas enthusiastically and is an active listener. Successful candidate is an individual who is a visionary, adjusts communication style to stimulate feedback and prepares/delivers high impact presentations.

 

Job Expertise - Extremely well-qualified; able to apply knowledge to champion individual projects to successful completion. Recognized by the industry and highly respected by peers as an expert in the field; often sought after for mentoring role inside the company or as an outside speaker. Well-rounded in other business areas, the successful candidate is an individual who is very current in field of expertise, leading developments and transferring skills and knowledge.

 

Planning & Execution - Always establishes SMART goals, anticipates the unforeseen and develops viable contingency plans; conducts outstanding meetings that result in powerful decisions and actions; tenaciously follows through on commitments. The successful candidate leaves no stone unturned in achieving goals and often over-delivers against expectations; demonstrates a consistently high level of commitment and energy that inspires and motivates the rest of the organization.

 

Customer Focus & Competitive Advantage - Understands customer needs exceptionally well, identifying/implementing solutions that meet or exceed those needs; engaged with customer visits and research. Conducts regular competitive activity updates; anticipates competitive moves in the market, making recommendations on appropriate responses. Leads the development of proprietary products, processes, and technology, yielding sustainable new advantages relative to competition. The successful candidate is an individual who champions new ideas, drives execution, and works with other departments to impact change; creates a flexible environment for continuous improvement to achieve long-term success for the whole company.

 

Teamwork - Extremely reliable individual that always works toward team goals, actively participates in meetings and projects, volunteers for tasks, has information ready, often prior to the request. Willing to take a lead role in moving the project forward or to serve as a support member as required to meet the needs of the group and organization. Listens and communicates exceptionally well, effectively plans and follows up. Helps the team reach decisions and takes responsibility for own actions. The successful candidate constantly drives the organization towards the best results, supporting and stimulating colleagues, leading the team by example without placing themselves above the team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional attributes and characteristics

 

 

 

Business acumen - The Role Model knows what it takes to be successful in the industry, company or function; applies knowledge of customers, markets and competitors to generate quality revenues and profits. Builds a strong business case to support decisions/actions that influence the whole organization; remains aware of external trends and their impact on the company’s business. The role model uses knowledge to select business initiatives that fit within the company’s strategic framework and deliver outstanding results.

 

Drive for results - The Role Model achieves results through and with others. They articulate the business needs in a professional and powerful way. They set high standards for performance, pursue aggressive goals personally and collectively and persist in the face of obstacles. The role model leads people/teams to reach demanding goals by focusing on what is most critical. They have a strong commitment to the entire organization, maintaining a team focus even in the most challenging situations.

 

Global perspective - The Role Model clearly understands impact of global trends on AFB’s regional businesses and aggressively synthesizes this knowledge to actively pursue opportunities throughout the world; proactively teams with local organizations to implement local and global initiatives in a manner that is consistent with local customs; and helps others to develop a global mindset. The Role Model is an individual who affects positive change anywhere in the world, working through all cultural, economic/trade barriers.

 

Read, react and adapt - The Role Model is aware of what is going on in the organization, market or area of expertise. They respond quickly and maintain a positive outlook for themselves and the organization. They see things from different angles, try new methods and always watch for what’s coming next. They work effectively in ambiguous situations, readily adapting to shifting priorities. They keep composure in trying situations reacting to change by accommodating different work styles, environments and perspectives. They work constructively and calmly under stress and pressure.

 

Shape direction and strategic thinking - The Role Model constantly monitors the changing business environment (customer needs, competition, market developments, technology developments, trends, culture, image, etc) and adjusts the strategy to respond proactively and to the company’s advantage. They gain commitment from fellow employees by communicating often, giving clear direction, and motivating people in the organization towards the desired outcomes. They keep the senior management appropriately informed so that the company can quickly react to changing conditions.

 

Experience

 

Five (5) to seven (7) years related experience or training required

  • If Other, not listed: _Previous experience in pet food is a plus

 

 

 

Education

 

 

 

 

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university

 

Major(s): Business, Marketing, Engineering, MBA is a plus.

 

Travel requirements

 

Travel offsite, by air (select percentage below)

 

If travel offsite required, select percentage:

Travel, up to 25%, domestic and international

Mobility requirements

 

No relocation is required for this job

 

Schedule requirements

 

M-F, 5 days per week.  Occasional weekend requirements if traveling international or tradeshow on a weekend.

Working conditions

 

Well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation

 

Language requirements

Language: English

 

 

 

 

Marketing Specialist

Summary  The Marketing Specialist will analyze how the company’s brand is positioned in the market and translate brand strategies into brand plans, brand positioning, and go-to-market strategies. This position partners with global product managers and regional general managers to fulfill the company’s marketing communications, product commercialization, brand awareness, customer insights, trade show management, and market data management. The position will support their global account teams and strategy deployment teams to create content and campaigns that set the company apart from their competition.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 

  • Develops and leads global marketing communications initiatives including advertising, trade shows, data analytics/management and competitive intelligence that increase customer loyalty and desire to purchase from the company.
  • Leads and coordinates our website, blog, and digital marketing programs.
  • Works closely with product managers on product and region-specific campaigns throughout product lifecycle to build brand awareness, generate leads, and meet product launch targets.
  • Measures performance of all marketing campaigns against goals and makes timely adjustments to maximize impact.
  • Manages the production and global distribution of marketing collateral to ensure alignment with product line strategy and brand guidelines.
  • Applies advanced marketing principles to identify and define consumer needs that provide unique insights for product managers as part of the voice-of-customer process.
  • Creates and gathers buy-in on annual marketing plan for our portfolio that aligns with our strategic initiatives.
  • Manages and acts as a central point of contact for marketing vendors and agencies.
  • Develops media relationships and coordinates public relations activities including press release creation and interview preparation.
  • Uses marketing collateral for internal communications that strengthens our culture of trust and collaboration through transparency.
  • Develops methodology to monitor customer satisfaction and recommends/implements solutions as required.
  • Presents complex marketing and product development information/recommendations to senior management.
  • Maintains industry knowledge by attending educational workshops or conferences, reviewing industry related publications, and establishing networks.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities                     

This position currently has no supervisory responsibilities.

 

Education and/or Experience                     

Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, brand management or related field is required. MBA is a plus. At least three (3) years professional experience in product marketing or brand management is required. Specific experiences desired include brand management, campaign creation and execution, content creation that increases customer loyalty, event management, web-technology development, selling and sales support, project management, and strategy development.

 

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Manage changing priorities and ambiguity while remaining controlled and positive.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness.
  • Extraordinary verbal and written communication skills, as well as ability to present and engage audiences.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a multicultural, multinational environment and mobilize cross-functional high-performance teams.
  • Excellent technical presentation skills.
  • Extraordinary team building skills
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with others to reach mutually agreeable outcomes.
  • Ability to effectively establish relationships and work across functions and regions.
  • Experience in a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to lead and manage small-scale projects.
  • Ability to travel domestically and globally, up to 20%.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

 

Core Company Skill Sets

Communication - Anticipates information that is needed and meets the need with highly credible and insightful material; delivery is clear and concise. Expresses ideas enthusiastically and is an active listener. Successful candidate is an individual who is a visionary, adjusts communication style to stimulate feedback and prepares/delivers high impact presentations.

 

Job Expertise - Extremely well-qualified; able to apply knowledge to champion individual projects to successful completion. Recognized by the industry and highly respected by peers as an expert in the field; often sought after for mentoring role inside the company or as an outside speaker. Well-rounded in other business areas, the successful candidate is an individual who is very current in field of expertise, leading developments and transferring skills and knowledge.

 

Planning & Execution - Always establishes SMART goals, anticipates the unforeseen and develops viable contingency plans; conducts outstanding meetings that result in powerful decisions and actions; tenaciously follows through on commitments. The successful candidate leaves no stone unturned in achieving goals and often over-delivers against expectations; demonstrates a consistently high level of commitment and energy that inspires and motivates the rest of the organization.

 

Customer Focus & Competitive Advantage - Understands customer needs exceptionally well, identifying/implementing solutions that meet or exceed those needs; engaged with customer visits and research. Conducts regular competitive activity updates; anticipates competitive moves in the market, making recommendations on appropriate responses. Leads the development of proprietary products, processes, and technology, yielding sustainable new advantages relative to competition. The successful candidate is an individual who champions new ideas, drives execution, and works with other departments to impact change; creates a flexible environment for continuous improvement to achieve long-term success for the whole company.

 

Teamwork - Extremely reliable individual that always works toward team goals, actively participates in meetings and projects, volunteers for tasks, has information ready, often prior to the request. Willing to take a lead role in moving the project forward or to serve as a support member as required to meet the needs of the group and organization. Listens and communicates exceptionally well, effectively plans and follows up. Helps the team reach decisions and takes responsibility for own actions. The successful candidate constantly drives the organization towards the best results, supporting and stimulating colleagues, leading the team by example without placing themselves above the team.

 

Job Specific Skill Sets

Customer focus - The Role Model knows and understands the customer. They identify and anticipate customer requirements, expectations and needs. They develop and promote a clear understanding of the customer’s business throughout the organization. The role model constantly solicits feedback and promptly responds. They ensure a level of customer service that differentiates the company from the competition and consistently search for ways to improve. They deliver on commitments to the customer and ensure that customer issues are resolved in a timely manner. They create systems and processes that make it easy for customers to do business with the company. The role model develops and provides a unified approach to serving the customer and they motivate other employees to excel in customer focus.

 

Global perspective - The Role Model clearly understands impact of global trends on the company’s regional businesses and aggressively synthesizes this knowledge to actively pursue opportunities throughout the world; proactively teams with local organizations to implement local and global initiatives in a manner that is consistent with local customs; and helps others to develop a global mindset. The Role Model is an individual who affects positive change anywhere in the world, working through all cultural, economic/trade barriers.

 

Information seeking - The Role Model is curious and seeks out information to understand a situation or capitalize on an opportunity. They use a wide range of sources to gather information about a situation, project or problem. They ensure that the information gathered is accurate and relevant. They ask direct questions to people and use a range of questioning techniques. They pursue multiple perspectives and involve others to seek out information. The role model presents and circulates the gathered information in a well-founded manner. They turn information into knowledge for the organization. They teach/coach others on where to find needed information.

 

Organizing - The Role Model forecasts tasks, processes, resources and time needed to accomplish their objectives. They anticipate problems and revise plans to meet changing circumstances. They plan and coordinate work with others; they clearly communicate to the organization; they are proactive and constantly monitor progress. They hold people accountable for commitments. The role model coaches other people in the organization how to schedule time, prioritize etc.

 

Read, react and adapt - The Role Model is aware of what is going on in the organization, market or area of expertise. They respond quickly and maintain a positive outlook for themselves and the organization. They see things from different angles, try new methods and always watch for what’s coming next. They work effectively in ambiguous situations, readily adapting to shifting priorities. They keep composure in trying situations reacting to change by accommodating different work styles, environments and perspectives. They work constructively and calmly under stress and pressure.

 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

 

 

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

 

Marketing Specialist

Our client is a leading food ingredient company based in the St. Louis area.  This person will analyze how the company's brand is positioned in the market and translate brand strategies into brand plans, brand positioning, and go-to-market strategies. This position partners with global product managers and regional general managers to fulfill the company's marketing communications, product commercialization, brand awareness, customer insights, trade show management, and market data management. The position will support their global account teams and strategy deployment teams to create content and campaigns that set the company apart from their competition. He/She  should have a BS/BA and at least 3 years of experience in brand management or product marketing.

 

Sales Manager-Western US and Mexico

Our client is a global foods ingredients business selling in over thirty countries and with manufacturing facilities in the UK, China and France.

Primary function is to help build a sustainable & profitable business within the region. Developing business by targeting all aspects of the Food Industry. Identifying opportunities and developing an on-going business relationship with all relevant customers and partners in the market. Primary market; Food Manufacturers, Food Service & Retail.  This is a home office based position.

Personality/Skills/Experience required

  • Outgoing, driven & self-motivated.
  • Blue chip account management experience.   Additional FMCG experience an advantage.
  • High level of commercial & technical understanding.
  • Wide network of Industry contacts.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Spanish speaking preferred .
  • To have a sound knowledge of the industrial food market, with at least 5 years’ experience in handling customers at all levels from factory to senior mgmt.
  • Experience of establishing and on-going mgmt. of Broker and Distributor networks. Incl. regular business reviews and target setting to achieve strategy.
  • Good level of understanding of; Manufacturing, Retail & Foodservice markets, experience of working on retailer brand ranges would be an advantage.
  • Strong level of knowledge needed in at least 2 of the following areas;
  • Cereals, Snacks, Confectionary (Sugar, Chocolate & Bakery), Beverages. 

 

Sr. Process Engineer-Northeast

  • Identification, assessment, validation and documentation of process technology to deliver identified new products.
  • Conducts assessment and capability studies and supervises new product startups/commercialization and provides on-site support to Project Engineers and Plant Operations.
  • Provides expertise in developing new and innovative manufacturing processes.
  • Provides on-site and remote technical services, observing processes, pinpointing and fixing problems to assure consistent quality and capacity.
  • Creates, designs, supervises the development of new process/equipment and experimental protocols required to validate product concepts and prototypes.
  • Independently directs the activities of outside vendors and fabricators in the development and fabrication of new equipment, and managing the testing of such equipment both at the vendor facility and production plants.
  • Job Complexity
  • Requires the ability to interact and communicate effectively with Sr. R&D Management, Product Development, QA, Plant Management and line operators. The Process Engineer must be a good problem solver, must be able to identify, interpret and analyze the correct data, and provide detailed directions to development projects.
  • Maintains active knowledge and understanding in areas beyond Process Development, including Product and Package Development, QA, Project Engineering, and a thorough understanding of Marketing needs and financial hurdles.
  • Sustains a high level of competence and professionalism in a dynamic business environment i.e: Proficient in driving team alignment on technical solutions and strategies.
  • Minimum Requirements:
  • B.S Chemical Engineering, Food Engineering, Agriculture Engineering with Food Processing emphasis
  • 6-10+ years of related experience with a consumer packaged goods background – Desired experience baking in the area of biscuit manufacturing, e.g.: Cookies and Crackers
  • Excellent analytical skills, strong attention to details, good communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to handle and lead multiple projects at any given time in a team environment.
  • Conceptual familiarity with modeling engineering process calculations such as heat/mass balance, process capability, and capacity analysis, and ability to apply in practical situations.
  • Intermediate computer skills involving statistical, drawing, calendar scheduling maintenance and presentation software.

 

Packaging R&D Manager

This position is based in the Pacific Northwest. A good background in complex film and vertical and horizontal packaging systems is preferred, A BS in Packaging (or related) and at least 5 years of food or consumer packaging experience is needed.

 

Process Engineer-MO

This position will support process engineering efforts of the company working members of the Engineering team and plant operations.  These efforts will include providing technical expertise to the plant, initiate and lead projects to support improvements to cost and productivity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities will include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Complete engineering studies of plant operations as required to evaluate and improve plant operations.
  • Successfully troubleshoot and implement solutions to solve plant operations issues.
  • Support new capital projects through successful overall process design and equipment selection.
  • Set up and metric around yield and productivity lead projects to improve upon these metrics.
  • Provide technical assistance to manage and correct issues surrounding yield and product recovery.
  • Lead projects to manage and reduce waste generation and recovery.
  • Provide technical assistance to evaluate and scale up new products working with the engineering and technical teams.

Provide engineering support to resolve quality problems.

Education and/or Experience                     

BS in Chemical Engineering or related field. A minimum of 5 or more year’s related engineering experience in a production or research environment training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Demonstrated ability to drive and execute process improvement and project execution.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated understanding of pet food manufacturing systems and the related processes including but not limited to; meat grinding, canning, extrusion, spray drying, reactor design and concepts and dry blend equipment
  • Knowledge of safety practices applicable to food research laboratory and food manufacturing environments and ability to lead designated safety practices
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to lead a team effectively
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly to changing priorities

 

Project Manager-R&D- Upper Midwest              

This person should have a background in food science and at least 5-10 years of product development experience.  He/she will lead R&D projects from concept through roll out. Kitchen development experience is needed.  The ability to bring together a group to create excellent products is needed.

 

European Business Manager-Packaging-Upper Midwest         

 The European Business Development Manager will identify, recruit and develop partners within the territory, including reps, agents, value-added re-sellers, integrators, distributors, consultants, and complimentary vendors.

Through regular meetings and communication, the European Business Development Manager will establish productive, professional relationships with Partner principals / key decision makers in assigned territory..

Other Key Responsibilities

  • Look for Partners that can bring value to Meheen and increase our Brand awareness in the European market.
  • Prioritize markets and determine market entry strategies for new regions and for new and existing product portfolios.
  • Collect and analyze market data to drive growth and develop markets.
  • Assign sales territories and set and enforce sales goals with Partners.
  • Ensure revenue targets of Partners are achieved within the responsible territories.
  • Establish and lead regular meetings and conference calls with Partners.
  • Train Partners to ensure continual improvement in capability, knowledge, customer service, performance and profitability.
  • Ensure Partners are equipped with the necessary sales skills to represent Meheen through coaching individuals in the field and personally observing the performance of distributors.
  • Establish and enforce pricing and discount policies.
  • Prepare and execute annual reviews of Partners.
  • Monitor lead pipelines and develop comprehensive reporting
  • Develop an accurate and realistic annual budget plan and monitor performance to budget.
  • Attend trade exhibitions.
  • Domestic and international travel required.
  • Other related tasks as required.

Person Specification

  • Knowledge and significant contacts/relationships in the Packaging Equipment industry, specifically with Europe
  • Significant sales management experience
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to motivate Partners
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Commercially astute with strong negotiating skills.
  • Proven experience conducting market analysis and identifying new territories.
  • Ability to work with people across different cultures and nationalities.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • The drive and commitment to achieve personal and company goals.
  • Knowledge and use of Salesforce.com is required.
  • The ability and willingness to travel both domestically and internationally.

 

Quality Manager       

PURPOSE: 

Maintain the company's name through safe operation, effectively interacting with production staff as well as clients, coordinating projects resulting in both innovations and cost savings.  Work with the production department to ensure maximum production is achieved without compromising food product quality or safety.  Also maintain a professional work environment, free from discrimination of all types.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Daily:

  • ـ Maintain and improve Quality Control and Assurance programs to ensure all customer requirements are met or exceeded.
  • ـ Respond to inquiries from customers or suppliers.
  • ـ Be available for any QC issues/questions/concerns that arise.
  • ـ Actively participate in Production Meetings.
  • ـ Perform daily review of material usages in blending to ensure proper documentation and traceability is maintained.
  • ـ Monitor and update Weight Control, Receiving, Allergen, Lot Number, Hold Log and other Material Control programs.
  • ـ Handle quality issues that arise that require immediate attention.
  • ـ Review weight control reports and implement changes as necessary.
  • ـ Coach QC Supervisors and QC technicians along with assisting coworkers from other departments as needed.
  • ـ Ensure the QC supervisors are performing their work according to procedures.
  • ـ Evaluate the isolation of nonconforming items.
  • ـ Give disposition of nonconforming items and communicate to the departments responsible to complete the task.

Weekly:

  • ـ Review performance of the department.
  • ـ Review customer complaint files.
  • ـ Schedule coverage for vacations/time off.  (As necessary)
  • ـ Review timesheets for all Company employees, fill out Compact employees timesheets

RESPONSIBILITIES CONTINUED:

Monthly:

  • ـ Ensure the cost of quality report is accurate and submitted to the Board of Directors.
  • ـ Ensure the customer complaint report is accurate and submitted for review.
  • ـ Ensure the weight control-give away reports are accurate,
  • ـ Ensure all of the items on hold have a disposition and have been communicated to the appropriate personnel.
  • ـ Participate in internal audits (Bimonthly).
  • ـ Actively participate in safety meetings.

Occasional, Infrequent:

  • ـ Lead numerous customer and third party audits including FPA audit.
  • ـ Follow up on customer complaints ensuring the corrective actions have been implemented.
  • ـ Implement quality control procedures for use on the plant floor.
  • ـ Use continuous improvement tools to reduce the cost of quality at the company. 
  • ـ Developed and Implemented SOP procedures in English and Spanish including a training program.
  • ـ If QC supervisor is not available, cover or ensure there is coverage.
  • ـ Train, discipline and coach the QC department.
  • ـ Ensure and perform training on plant HACCP, GMP and Bioterrorism programs to prevent unsafe products from entering commerce.
  • ـ Prepare Plant in anticipation of external or customer audits.
  • ـ Maintain written procedures
  • ـ Hold position of the HACCP coordinator in the Company which includes setting up the annual review of the program.
  • ـ Actively participate on the  Productivity and Improvement team
  • ـ Stock recovery team leader-developed best practices to reduce lot sizes using plant inventory programs as a foundation.
  • ـ Set up mock recalls (twice a year).

 

National Account Manager

Our client is looking for an excellent sales person with experience calling on C-Store accounts in the food industry.  This person should have at least 5 years of experience calling on headquarter accounts and be willing to travel 50%.  It is a home based position and flexible within the Midwest or Mid Atlantic as long as the person is near a major airport.  Broker management experience is a requirement.

 

Sr. Scientist/Principal Scientist-Fluid Products-Northeast  

This person will proactively lead the development of HTST, ESL, and Aseptic fluid new products, cost savings, and quality improvements for a leading dairy manufacturer.  This person needs a science degree (MS or PhD pref.) and at least 12 years of product innovation leadership in the dairy industry. 

 

Food Safety Quality and Regulatory Manager-Ohio

Position Purpose:

The Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory (FSQR) Manager  will be responsible for the planning, development and maintenance of all Food Safety, Quality, and regulatory systems at the Ohio location including: developing and implementing FSQR policies, continuous improvement of FSQR processes and systems, shaping the location’s quality and food safety culture and leading talent management practices. Responsible for developing, implementing, driving and delivering superior execution of business and customer expectations.  Key member of the location leadership team.

Principal Accountabilities

20% Ensure compliance of regulations/policies – ultimate accountability for all FSQR compliance. Analyzes, reviews, interprets FSQR policies. Implements programs to ensure customer and supplier standards are met. Monitors regulatory activities, ensures plant compliance, acts as liaison with regulatory authorities at local level.

20% Perform prevention activities and issue resolution – acts as customer interface, manages FSQR audits, responds to customer questions/complaints, proactively identifies risks, takes action to prevent FSQR non-conformities.

20% Develops, implements and assesses process/systems – plans and directs all FSQR programs and management of change, implements product specification systems, drives continuous improvement, and provides input to location leaders related to capital needed to maintain a food safety and quality  leadership position in the business. Drives implementation of process control strategies using data analysis, trending, application of statistics, root cause analysis & corrective actions and other quality management tools.

20%  Shapes food safety, quality and regulatory culture/reputation - interfaces with manager/directors within BU and represent FSQR as part of location management team, acts as liaison between customer and operations to ensure standard/expectations are met, builds and develops effectively engaged FSQR workforce, leads implementation of  FSQR strategy/tactical plans for Ohio DSM and other related BU projects

20% People/resource/budget management – lead talent management of employees in FSQR organization.   Accountable for selection, training, development, performance management and engagement of direct/indirect reports, develop/implement short range (tactical) FSQR plans in alignment with BU and local plans, actively participates in development of FSQR initiatives and budgets, and sets accurate and challenging budgets, key member of location leadership team.  Works collaboratively within FSQR function and cross functionally.  

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

4-year degree

Minimum 5 years in quality control/quality assurance experience

Minimum 3 years of experience with direct supervision of Laboratory personnel

Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Quality, HACCP and food safety practices such as risk assessment, auditing, assigning product disposition

Clear understanding of laboratory function/operations of standard to moderately complex lab equipment

Demonstrated ability to evaluate processes, identify and act on Opportunities For Improvement

Proven ability to behave in accordance with our company values and ethics

Preferred Qualifications

4-year degree in scientific discipline such as food science, chemistry, biology or related field

Dressings, Sauces and Mayonnaise Quality and Manufacturing experience or other relevant RTE Food Manufacturing experience.

Excellent organizational skills including time management and ability to effectively prioritize multiple projects.

 

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