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Job

Product Development Manager

Fresca Foods is a Colorado-based manufacturer of natural and organic foods founded over 20 years ago. We seek out, acquire, and grow companies that are transforming traditional food categories with innovative, flavor-forward snacks made from real food. Additionally, we partner with innovative companies that inspire conscious consumers and transform traditional food categories. Our commitment to excellence, passionate and talented team, and our creativity and flexibility have made Fresca a recognized leader and employer of choice. Over the past decade, Fresca has grown by thousands of percent in revenue, cases shipped, employees, and manufacturing space. Fresca is recognized as a Top 50 Employer in Boulder County, 2016 Colorado Manufacturer of the Year, 2016 winner for Outstanding Innovation, and 2015 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year. Fresca is also a leader in community service. We consistently receive high marks in ethical audits and give our time and resources to community organizations such as Community Food Share, Food Bank of the Rockies, and EFAA. The next ten years will be even more exciting than the last ten, and we are excited to welcome new highly motivated and talented team members to our family. Position Overview The Product Development Manager is responsible for the development and documentation of new product formulas and processes, supporting internal and external client needs, and managing projects to budget and timelines.

Functions

  • Develops and documents new product formulas and processes based on market and client requirements
  • Works closely with Fresca clients and partners to translate their ideas into new products
  • Presents new concept iterations to clients and incorporates feedback
  • Works closely with Product Development department members to manage the R&D new product launch process including benchtop testing, line trials and official launches
  • Manages multiple ingredient, quality, labeling, equipment, process, documentation, and analytical responsibilities for trials and launches
  • Conducts line trials in collaboration with Operations and Quality Departments to test and transition new products into full scale production
  • Works closely with the department members to maintain the R&D product inventory
  • Develops, documents, and trains production teams on quality specifications of new products in collaboration with Operations and Food Safety & Quality Departments
  • Interfaces with customers on regular project meetings and during customer visits
  • Works closely with Commercialization team to create project timelines, milestones, and deliverables
  • Works with external ingredient vendors to source new ingredients and stays up-to-date on ingredient trends and availability
  • Responsible for maintaining a food safe work environment, taking action to stop any identified unsafe behavior, and notifying the production supervisor, assistant supervisor, or lead on duty of any unsafe conditions
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills & Knowledge

  • Demonstrable culinary experience and instincts
  • Ability to utilize models to develop costed out formulas Strong quantitative and MS Excel skills
  • Skilled communicator who can effectively collaborate with a wide variety of people at all levels of the company
  • Demonstrated aptitude for developing plans and completing tasks to project deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects
  • Creative problem solver
  • Ability to work directly with customers and conduct effective meetings
  • Able to excel as an effective member of the team
  • Demonstrated strong organizational, critical thinking and creativity skills
  • Effective time management skills
  • Effective presentation, verbal and written communication skills
  • Development-oriented, thoughtful coach

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science or Culinary degree preferred
  • 5+ years of food production experience, including familiarity with production equipment
  • Previous R&D experience at a medium to large food company preferred
  • Experience commercializing packaged food products from bench top to full scale production
  • Experience sourcing ingredients and working with suppliers
  • Experience working with regulatory agencies
  • Previous experience with formula nutritional value analysis is a plus

Work Environment

  • Able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift up to 20 lbs
  • Able to work in both hot/warm conditions
  • Comfortable with a moderate noise level
  • Able to work in an environment with peanuts and tree nuts
  • Late night or weekend work may be required at times

Benefits

  • Health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, FSA, pet insurance, 401(k) with company match, generous PTO, paid holidays, life insurance and short term disability insurance, bonuses To Apply
  • Send your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to apply@frescafoodsinc.com

Fresca Foods is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equal consideration regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.