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Director – Project Management & Commercialization
Michigan

Privately held, family owned, multi-billion dollar company based in the Midwest is seeking a Director of Project Management & Commercialization.  The role reports directly into the VP of R&D and has potential of growing into a potential successor.  This individual will lead and manage the portfolio of projects as well as stage gate type systems for all innovation, renovation, brand maintenance (quality & supply continuity) and productivity projects.  Responsibility will also include management & coaching of direct reports.  Bachelor’s degree is required (Masters preferred); preferably in Science, Business or Project Management.  Ideal candidates will have 15+ years combined program and project management.  Must have concurrently managed complex project and program assignments.  Certified Project Managers are desirable.  For more information or to apply for this role, contact Lowell Isom / lisom@hhisearch.com / 618-398-6027.

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Senior Ingredient Scientist
Florida

Large food & beverage company in search of a Senior Ingredient Scientist to join their team.  The desired candidate will be passionate in the Farm to Table Consumer Movement and Field to Bench Product Development Movement with a strong belief in closer to nature, agriculturally based products processed in a clean way.  Responsibilities to include, but not limited to:  (1) the identification/assessment/ development of new agricultural advantaged ingredients to enable innovation, (2) utilize internal/ external relationships to deliver science, technology and promote ingredient supply and (3) assess new trends in agriculture science, biotechnology and academia for company & consumer benefit.  This role requires an MS or PhD in Agricultural science, Food Science or related field and 10+ years industry as well as demonstrated successes in end to end development of juice, plant proteins, tea, coffee or dairy products.  Contact Ken Bopp at kbopp@hhisearch.com or 618-398-6027 for additional information or to apply.

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Director of Citrus Research Development
Florida

The Director of Citrus Research Development will lead a team in research, strategy and programs to bring a competitive advantage to beverages thru technically integrated citrus solutions. Requires MS or PhD in Agricultural science, Food Science or related Science. This role is ideal for a technical leader versed in fruit, vegetable and/or nuts from farm, across the supply chain to consumers.  Position requires people management experience, current or past work in ingredient, and/or consumer packaged food industries, business savvy, and understanding of commercialization.  B2B experience a plus.  This role is located in Florida and offers competitive compensation, full relocation, and advancement potential. Contact Julia Carey  jcarey@hhisearch.com

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Packaging Technology Manager
Midwest

If you love ice cream, spreading joy and putting smiles on the faces of consumers then this is the opportunity for you!  The largest privately held, family-owned ice cream and frozen treat manufacturer in the United States in looking for a Packaging Technology Manager to join their team.  This high level, individual contributor will bring technical leadership and influence to the department while leading the development and implementation of innovative and/or optimized packaging technologies that enable company growth.  Ideal candidates will have a B.S. in in Packaging, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Material Science along with 10+ years CPG packaging experience, with an emphasis on Packaging Innovation, Development, or Engineering.  Brings broad materials and platform experience along with a strong background with machine/material interface.  This is a high level individual contributor role with a competitive base, bonus and ability to make an impact within the organization.  Qualified candidates should contact Valerie Hamm via email at VHamm@HHISearch.com or by phone at 310.540.3231 x8

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Research Scientist
Colorado

Fortune 500, leading food and beverage company boasting an expansive portfolio of branded and private label dairy products is looking for a Research Scientist to join their R&D team.  This position will be responsible for supporting projects from concept to commercialization focused on innovation, renovation and productivity across dairy and non-dairy product categories.  Ideal candidates will have 5+ years of experience in product development, formulation (critical) and commercialization within an R&D environment, B.S. minimum in Food Science or another science-based degree with dairy experience across fluid dairy and cultured dairy products (including yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese) to name a few.  Qualified candidates should contact Sheri Baker via email at SBaker@HHISearch.com or by phone at (310) 540-3231 ext. 6

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Technical Services Manager
Pacific NW- Washington

Leading hops supplier, research partner and loyal innovation partner to the brewery industry is looking for someone passionate about beer & flavors and who fits well into the brewing community to join their R&D organization as Technical Services Manager.  This position will be responsible for managing the technical services activities related to breeding and agronomy, hop processing, sales and marketing and will have significant customer interaction and support.  Bilingual, fluent in Spanish is a must as this role will be directly responsible for providing technical services to select International Regions.  Will work with the customers on hop usage, process optimization, beer formulation, and sensory evaluations.  Ideal candidates will have a minimum BS technical degree in Food Science, Chemistry or Fermentation, 5+ years of industry experience in hops & brewing, wine /distillery experience acceptable with some brewing exposure.  Qualified candidates should contact Sheri Baker via email at SBaker@HHISearch.com or by phone at (310) 540-3231 ext. 6

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Sr. Director- Manufacturing
Upstate New York

Top food and ingredient company is seeking a Sr. Director- Manufacturing to lead team and plant managers for multiple facilities, corporate strategy, M&A, expansion and optimization projects within the plants.  Requires BS with MBA a plus along with multiple plant and/or food category experience along with people leadership.  USDA knowledge a plus but no required.  Ability to lead via influence, facilitate project management, set strategy, understand plant financials, and interface at the production floor level through to the executive corporate level.   Collaborative culture and potential for continued advancement.  Competitive compensation, including base, bonus and stock, along with benefits and relocation.  Contact Julia Carey jcarey@hhisearch.com

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New Products Director
Illinois

One of the world’s leading agricultural processors and food ingredient providers is looking for a New Products Director to join their organization.  This individual will join a team responsible for taking on big, complex and disruptive technology streams to drive future innovation, revenue and growth.  This position will develop and manage new product platforms for expansion across multiple businesses, adept at influencing key stakeholders while capable of assessing commercial viability.  This role will coordinate and partner internally and externally to vet new technology and business opportunities and work within stage gate principles.  Ideal candidates will have a degree in chemical/biological engineering, food science, chemistry or other technical area, MBA preferred, 10+ years of industry experience, an intellectually curious nature, have ingredient supplier/ingredient development experience and successes and be adept at assessing and vetting new technologies.  For more information, please contact Bella Cenzano-Fong at 310-540-3231, ext. 7 or by email at bcenzano@hhisearch.com.

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Engineer II, Preform Injection Molding
Georgia

Support Global R&D Engineering in the development and optimization of robust molding technologies, plastics processing & troubleshooting, documentation and general hands-on pilot plant and laboratory activities.

Includes Hands on operation of the preform injection molding equip. to develop & validate processing conditions, and design and implement new technology.   Requires strong understanding of electrical, mechanical, and controls as they relate to problem solving and troubleshooting of molding equipment and associated utility equipment.

Qualifications:  BS Electrical Engineering, Mechnical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Plastics Engineering, with minimum 0-3 years hands-on experience in IM or ISBM. A solid background in plastics processing and an aptitude for trouble shooting required, including knowledge of thermoplastic resins, especially PET. Plant experience could be a plus. Strong experience may allow flexibility in degree requirement.

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Valerie Hamm
Senior Engineer – Preform Injection Molding
Georgia

Global Fortune 500 CPG seeks Sr. Engineer for highly visible innovation role with global impact across multiple BUs (business units). Responsible for managing all injection molding related research activities including processing, machine & mold set-up, maintenance, supplier management, and optimizing robust processes for new and existing packaging that will drive the next generation beverage portfolio.

Qualifications: BS Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Plastics Engineering with 5+ yrs advanced process development experience working hands-on in R&D and commercialization with preform IM. (Husky PET systems preferred)

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