Job Seekers

Group R&D Manager

Twitter Facebook
Emporia, KS
$90,000 - $100,000
Job Type
Direct Hire
Bachelor of Science
Jan 06, 2017
Job ID
We are actively seeking an experienced R&D Manager for one of the countries leading supplier of poultry, pet and ingredient products and is the largest supplier of store brand wet pet food in North America.  Position is open due to a promotion.

Reasons why this is a GREAT job for the RIGHT person:
  • Growing 3rd generation company
  • Company is in acquisition mode
  • Flat reporting - quick decision making
  • Autonomy to do your job
  • Conservative company that "Puts people first"
  • Financially very stable
  • Beautiful rural location in North East Kansas
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Provides leadership to ensures that R&D projects involving product development are delivered in accordance with customer time, scope and cost objectives
  • Responsible for the development of new products and / or improvement of existing products
Duties will include: 
  • Manages product portfolio and ensures adequate balance of project distribution within team.
  • Product Development. Competent in the full length of the product development cycle, which includes conceptual development, formulation, implementation, process validation and continuous management and improvement.  
  • Make suggestions regarding potential improvements.
  • Nutritional, Regulatory and Finished Product Compliance.
  • Process, Operations and Supply Chain Support.
  • Project and Portfolio Management. Manage the total project portfolio in accordance with overall directive of supervisor for own and team projects.
  • Commitment to quality and continuous improvement in all aspects of the business is essential.
  • Travels domestically to and from multiple facilities or work-sites or customer visits, often requiring overnight stays - Approximately 25% travel

To be considered for this role:
  • BS degree in:  Meat Science; Animal Science or Food Science
  • 5 years of R&D Management experience in WET Pet Food
  • 5 years’ experience in product development and technical services is required.
  • Experience in commercial product development.
  • Knowledge of animal nutrition and food formulation and thermal process.
  • A working knowledge of current pet food/food regulations in various countries. 
  • Must have excellent computer skills with respect to the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with Concept 5 is a plus.
  • Will be expected to quickly learn the business integration software suites including JDE and IQS.
  • Ability to travel 25%


Unless noted above, applicants MUST be authorized to work in the US without Visa Sponsorship. US citizens and Green Card holders ONLY. We do not provide relocation assistance for those living outside the continental US. Please only click apply if you meet the specific requirements of the job listing, you are able to work in the location listed, and are comfortable with the salary range indicated above. Thanks for your interest. We look forward to working with you.