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Senior Director of R&D
Chicago Land

Private label food and beverage leader is looking for a Senior Director of R&D to join their organization. This person will lead a technical team through all stages of product development in a number of food categories as well as represent the division in senior leadership meetings. The successful candidate will have a BS (MS preferred) in food science/engineering or related field and 10+ years of experience in product development, food safety, and leadership, preferably in a strategic setting in a mid to large size organization. To apply, contact Bella Cenzano-Fong at bcenzano@hhisearch.com or at 310-540-3231, ext. 7.

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Manager: Quality & Food Safety
Chicago

Rare opportunity to join a growing Privately Owned company specializing in the development and manufacture of Chicken Sausage with expansion opportunities in burger and meatball categories. The company is seeking a Manager: Quality Assurance & Food Safety. Role will be responsible for 2 Direct Reports and will oversee all responsibilities associated with QA and Food Safety: HACCP, GMP’s, Safety/Compliance Policies, USDA Audits, Shelf-Life, Sample Retention program, Sanitation. Candidate must have a BS in Food Science, Microbiology or related field, minimum of 8+ years working in Food Safety & Quality Assurance in Food Manufacturing, experience working with USDA and FDA, and prior people management (performance appraisals and merit increases). Ideally candidate will have expertise in full cycle product development Concept to Commercialization process. Competitive Base and Bonus. Preference for local candidates in the Chicago Area, no relocation. Qualified candidates please contact Sheri Baker at SBaker@HHISearch.com

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Sr. Manager Product Development – Bakery
IN

Reporting to the Sr. VP of R&D the Bakery Product Development Manager will support bench formulating and plant scaleup of customer specified baked products including cookies, muffins and flatbreads. Will manage one direct report. This position requires current or prior experience with bakery products. Candidates should have 10+ years of experience within a packaged food, supplier or bakery consumer products company in bench formulation through manufacturing scale-up and launch. Quick paced, growing company supplying retail and food service. Base, bonus and relocation. No sponsorship. Contact Julia Carey @ 973-241-5803 jcarey@hhisearch.com

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Julia Carey
Sr. Research Scientist – Bakery Product Development

The Sr. Research Scientist will lead new development and continuous improvement of bakery products including cookies, muffins and flatbreads for frozen dough and ready-to-eat finished goods. This position is with a quick paced, growing company supplying food service, retail and quick serve restaurants. Role requires current or prior experience with bakery products, cookies, or muffins. Candidates should 10 years of experience within a packaged food, supplier or bakery products company in bench formulation/manufacturing scale-up and launch. Base, bonus and relocation. No sponsorship. Contact Julia Carey @ 973-241-5803, jcarey@hhisearch.com

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Director of Food Science
Illinois

One of the world’s largest food ingredient providers is seeking a Director: Ingredient Research & Application. The primary focus of this position is to accelerate innovation and new business development in the area of food ingredients that are used for texturizing and nutritional functionality in the food and beverage industry. The successful candidate will have deep expertise in one or more areas of ingredients, such as starches, flours, gums/hydrocolloids, proteins, fats & oils, dietary fibers, sweeteners, plant extracts, antioxidants, preservatives and emulsifiers and a deep understanding of food ingredients and ingredient functionality in end-use applications, such as bakery, beverages, meats/ processed meats, dairy, confections, snacks, convenience foods and health & wellness food categories. He/She will lead an organization of food scientists, process chemists/engineers, ingredient developers and technical service experts. Candidate must have an MS or PhD in Food Science or related field, 10+ years of experience in an R&D organization specializing in food ingredients, packaged food and beverages, or nutritional/ functional foods, and experience in directly managing technical teams (responsibility for performance appraisals and merit increases). Qualified candidates please contact Sheri Baker at SBaker@HHISearch.com for additional details.

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Assistant Plant Manager
New York

Privately held, family owned company is seeking an Assistant Plant Manager to join their team. This company is a world leader in premium-quality cheese production in addition to a top provider of dairy ingredients including lactose, whey protein and sweet whey. Responsibilities include operational plant management, leadership & development of team members consistent with company values, continuous improvement and company & community relations. Ideal candidate will have a B.S. or equivalent in Food Science, Food Processing, Dairy Operations or similar along with 10+ years of progressive leadership experience in a manufacturing environment within the food industry. Exciting career progression along with relocation and competitive base salary, bonus and benefits. Qualified candidates should contact Ken Bopp via email at kbopp@hhisearch.com

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Head of Corporate Quality & Food Safety
Greater Boston Area

The Head of Quality and Food Safety will be the key quality leadership position within the organization, with scope to include plant and corporate quality and food safety for a well-established, packaged food and beverage company. Terrific team and company culture that embraces genuineness, teamwork, and fun. Seeking a skilled communicator, people leader, and influencer with strong technical depth and breadth. Requires BS/MS in Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry or other science along with extensive experience in technical quality, and food safety, within consumer food and beverage industry. Competitive compensation, benefits and relocation. US citizen, permanent resident or green card holder. Contact Julia Carey jcarey@hhisearch.com

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Director of Regulatory Affairs & Master Data
Michigan

Global, privately held and family owned company is seeking a Director of Regulatory Affairs & Master Data. This company has been creating high quality bakery ingredients and finished products for nearly 100 years. Responsibilities include leading Ingredient Technology & Nutrition / Labeling team’s documentation and specification process, provides team strategic direction and support in collecting, developing, and maintaining extensive ingredient database as well as compliance with both domestic and global labeling requirements, promotes ingredient data continuity within product lifecycle management (PLM) system and coordinates across-functionally with Quality Assurance, Procurement, R&D, and Operations to promote continuity in technical management of ingredient strategies. Ideal candidate will have a minimum B.S. in Food Science, Life Science or related field, 15+ years of industry experience, be a high energy and proactive leader, adept in both tactical and strategic initiatives along with be open and flexible to new ideas and change. Must have deep technical experience in regulations, a clear affinity for data and Master Data, has implanted or worked within a PLM system before along with history of organizing and leading high-performing teams. Qualified candidates should contact Ken Bopp via email at kbopp@hhisearch.com

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Senior Equipment Engineer
Georgia

Global Fortune 100 company is seeking a Senior Mechanical Engineer to join their Engineering team. This individual is responsible for conducting research and establishing the feasibility of breakthrough equipment technologies for the existing and emerging food & beverage portfolio. The role will include assessing new technologies, proposing routes to new cooling mechanisms, leveraging external technology from other markets, guiding current and new suppliers, and implementing new concepts in a scalable fashion. Qualified applicants will have a B.S. in mechanical engineering and 10+ years of industry experience. Candidates will also be hands on and a creative thinker. For more information or to apply, please contact Ken Bopp at 618-398-6027 x3 or at kbopp@hhisearch.com.

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Senior Refrigeration Engineer
Georgia

Global Fortune 100 company is seeking a Senior Engineer to join their Global Engineering Team. This person will be assessing existing and emerging engineering technologies and will work with external partners on some of these initiatives. Experience with refrigeration technology is required. Successful applicants will have a B.S. in mechanical engineering and 10+ years of industry experience. Candidates will also be hands on and a creative thinker. For more information or to apply, please contact Bella Cenzano-Fong at 310-540-3231, ext. 7 or at bcenzano@hhisearch.com.

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