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Senior Research & Development Manager

Company: Smithfield Foods
Location: Smithfield
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Job Description:

Job Locations: US-VA-Smithfield Your Opportunity:The Research & Development (R&D) Manager manages the design, development and implementation of research and development initiatives to support business objectives. Responsible for maintaining effective cross-functional relationships to ensure successful planning and execution of initiatives, while utilizing existing and/or emerging technologies. Builds consumer-valued points of competitive differentiation that drive tactical and strategic business growth.Core Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that all new or changed product requests from Sales are processed in a timely manner per Sales Management prioritizing.
  • Coordinates with Labeling, QA and Food Safety Departments to ensure the accuracy of information.
  • Arranges timely project updates with Sales and Operations.
  • Shares technical expertise with Lab personnel and customers, as needed.
  • Works with Production to improve processes to achieve better yields and/or labor costs.
  • Ensures that files are maintained with all appropriate information including labels, specifications and SQF requirements.
  • Collaborates with Purchasing to approve new ingredients and supplies.
  • Proactively works to prevent process or product failures and continuously improve product quality by working with Operations to develop plans, process controls and training to ensure least cost, highest quality production.
  • Reviews projects related to customer requests for new products and internal requests for process and product improvements.
  • Communicates with members of Operations, Sales, Marketing and Quality Assurance on a regular basis to report progress on projects and receive feedback from the various departments to develop products that meet the customer's expectations.The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.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 to perform the essential functions.
    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in Food Science or related field and 8+ years relevant plant manufacturing experience in the meat processing industry, required.
    • Master's Degree, preferred.
    • Minimum 5+ years' experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.
    • Experience with multifaceted management of multiple projects and areas of reasonability.
    • Able to work independently to ensure completion of R&D strategic goals.
    • Must be able to identify consumer insights ad translate them into finished products.
    • Proven track record with working effectively as a business leader and cross functional teams.
    • Able to multi-task, think creatively, and work as part of a team.
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
    • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
    • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
    • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.Supervisory Responsibilities:
      • Responsible for managing junior team members or technicians.
      • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
      • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.Work Environment & Physical Demands:The work environment characteristics & physical demands 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 majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
        • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.Careers and Benefits:To learn more about Smithfield's benefits, visit MATTERMore than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.GROWTH & DEVELOPMENTWorking at Smithfield isn't just a job - it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.BENEFITSOur people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees.SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGESustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.About Smithfield Foods:Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly. -" and have made us one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield -, Eckrich - and Nathan's Famous -, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.EEO/AA Information:Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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