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Job Title:R&D Director

 

City: Leawood

State: KS

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

 

  • Create intermediate and high moisture pet food products that are stabilized with probiotic fermentation technology.

  • Create intermediate and high moisture pet food products that are manufactured with environmentally sustainable vegetable proteins (fabricated meat analogs), instead of using animal protein.

  • Create intermediate and high moisture pet food products that are manufactured with meat analogs and stabilized with probiotic fermentation technology.

  • Lead and train cross functional teams to ensure intermediate and high moisture pet food products that use fermentation technologies and meat analog technologies are:

  • Organoleptically similar to meat (as viewed by pet owners) and superior to competitor’s meat-based products.

  • Parity or better in palatability versus competitor’s meat-based products as measured in kennel and cattery testing. This is especially true to the cat products.

  • Parity or better shelf life to competitor meat (accelerated storage testing).

  • Efficacious for Felines and Canines (live probiotics and non-live metabolites sufficient).

  • Nutritionally complete and balanced for all life stages.

  • Lower cost without compromising product performance.

  • Suitable for export from the US to overseas markets in Asia and Europe.

  • Define, research and develop innovative intermediate and high moisture pet food products that utilize cultured meat analogs and fermentation technologies.

  • Develop strategy for performance improvement of existing intermediate and high moisture pet food products through nutritional upgrades and technical advancements.

  • Design product development and manufacturing process from concept to industrial scale, including product performance, quality, cost, safety, IP, and marketing requirements.

  • Create product brief in conjunction with the Nutritional and Marketing teams, and ensure all organoleptic for human/animal, and safety requirements are integrated into the product design and development steps.

  • Investigate, identify, research, and design new ingredients and new process controls for manufacturing.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT:Requires aBachelor’s degree in Food Science and 8 years of experience in job offered or 8 years of experience in the Related Occupation. 

 

RELATED OCCUPATION:

 

Research and Development Manager or any other job title performing the following job duties:

 

  1. Creating meat analogs that was highly palatable and nutritionally complete and balanced.

  2. Developing strains of probiotics that achieve product shelf life stability for meat analog based products.

  3. Supervising research and development activities of novel pet food products and also human food products.

  4. Managing product development team for human food and pet food.

  5. Developing and training employees and related departments for troubleshooting problems (quality control, food safety, etc.) in manufacturing human and pet food products. 

  6. Researching and surveying pet markets in other countries, and providing the operation, quality and export team with insights and knowledge of those markets in various parts of the world, including Asia and Europe using experience in product development, production and quality control of pet food export to global market such as Asia, Europe, America, South Africa, Middle East, etc.

  7. Enhancing performance of existing products through nutritional upgrades and technical advancements.

  8. Serving as the technical team leader for troubleshooting problems in manufacturing human food and pet food products. Performing project management involving customers and suppliers to address technical issues and provide guidance on development of human food and pet food products.

  9. Executing product development from concept to industrial scale.

  10. Developing human food and pet food formulations that are aligned to the product brief and meet cost and operational requirements.

  11. Reviewing product briefs with the customer and ensure all organoleptic and consumer requirements are integrated into the product design and development steps.

  12. Investigating, identifying, researching, and designing new ingredients and new process controls for manufacturing. 

  13. Establishing and implementing processes and product specifications, ingredient specifications and purchasing specifications.

  14. Identifying new ingredients, packaging, and equipment to more efficiently and capably manufacture and test human and pet food products.

  15. Reviewing and assuring new ingredients and new products to comply regulations and guidelines of food/Pet food with HACCP team.

  16. Cooperating as an internal auditor and a team member for ISO 9000, ISO 17025, ISO 14000, HACCP, BRC, GMP, HACCP and food safety.

 

 

JOB TIME: Full Time

Rec #1014

 

To apply: Please email your résumé and cover letter to dan.pitts@raynenutrition.com.