Manager RTD Applications

Date: May 16, 2024

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Manager Ready To Drink Applications




Join this dynamic team focused on delivering better nutrition for every step of life’s journey 


The Opportunity 


We are seeking a visionary Manager who will thrive in both autonomous and collaborative settings, working closely with the Director, the R&D Leadership Team, and other innovative minds within the R&D department. This position is a combination of project leadership and people leadership. A deep understanding and masterful expertise in formulating and developing a range of products—including powders and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages—from initial concept to successful execution are fundamental. This permanent position will report to the Sr. Director Research & Development.  


  • The ideal candidate will have a significant track record in pioneering new concepts to market launch, demonstrating exceptional knowledge and a rich formulation history in powdered beverages and RTDs under various processing conditions such as retort, hot fill, HTST, and aseptic processes.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, leveraging critical thinking, organizational savvy, superior communication, and analytical skills will be key to success in this role.
  • This role involves working in a lab environment with exposure to all food allergens (milk, soy, nuts, peanuts, wheat, egg, etc.). Candidates will participate in tasting various product types.
  •  Partner with the Director and R&D leadership team to establish achievable goals aligned with company initiatives, fostering a growth mindset and identifying development opportunities for team members.
  • Lead the formulation and development of a broad range of products, mastering the art of creating and refining prototypes across different processing conditions.
  • Spearhead pilot plant experiments and scale-up processes, maintaining rigorous standards and fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Ensure comprehensive documentation of all formulations, product stability, and project outcomes, maintaining a high level of accuracy and accountability.
  • Ensures accuracy and timeliness of Sensory Reports, Trial Reports, First Production Reports, Technical Briefs, and other documentation.



The Skills you will bring to the team 

  •  Bachelors of Science degree in Food Science  
  • Years of experience: Minimum of 8-10 years of relevant experience working in the food, beverage, or dietary supplement industry; prior development and knowledge of dietary supplements is an advantage
  • Expert knowledge and mastery in formulating RTDs across various processing conditions (retort, hot fill, HTST, aseptic, etc.) alongside expertise in powders.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead products from concept to market, showcasing a thorough understanding of flavor systems, lab processes, and production dynamics.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, nutritional software, and preferably SAP, with strong analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong leadership competencies in developing and motivating teams, managing work effectively, and navigating ambiguity with resilience and perseverance.
  • Resilience and adaptability, with a proven ability to navigate ambiguity and lead projects to successful completion in a fast-paced, global environment.
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others- Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each direct report’s career
  • Lift on an occasional basis floor to waist - 40 pounds


If you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please apply! 


Where and how you will work 

The opportunity will be based in Downers Grove, IL.  This role may require travel up to 10% of the time.


What we would like to offer you! 

The opportunity to develop your career on a global stage, continuous learning through an on-demand learning platform, and a competitive compensation package including staff discounts, generous family leave policy, health & dental plan, competitive salary, 401K. 


About Glanbia 

The Glanbia Group comprises three divisions: Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Glanbia Nutritional's, and Joint Ventures. Collectively and with our partners we offer an incredible breadth of expertise in nutrition. We employ a team of 6,000 people, work with global food and beverage companies, and sell our award-winning and market-leading products in 130 countries worldwide. 


At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a variety of candidates, we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia, our culture celebrates individuality, knowing that together we are more. 

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