Product Efficiency & Regional Support Manager

Date: May 16, 2024

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Product Efficiency & Regional Support Manager

 

Glanbia 

 

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

 

The Opportunity 

 

In this dynamic and influential leadership role, the Product Development Manager (PDM) will drive the innovation and development of powders, ready-to-drink (RTD), and ready-to-eat (RTE) products, from conceptualization to market launch. This position is a combination of project leadership and people leadership, and requires an individual with an advanced grasp of product formulation across various applications and a proven track record of bringing concepts to fruition.This permanent position will report to the Sr. Director Research & Development.   

 

  • 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.
  • The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of regional product development requirements and will have experience adapting products for diverse markets and processing conditions.
  • A significant part of this role involves leading efficiency initiatives aimed at optimizing product lines and processes.
  • The PDM will engage with cross-functional teams within the organization, demonstrating exceptional business acumen and communication skills to align R&D efforts with overarching business goals.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects, along with strong critical thinking, organizational awareness, communication, and analytical skills, is essential.
  • Partner with the Director and R&D leadership to set and achieve ambitious goals that reflect company initiatives and global market expansion.
  • Develop Performance Development Plans (PDPs) and advise on Individual Development Plans (IDPs) with a focus on cultivating business skills alongside technical expertise.
  • Mentor team members, enhancing their ability to navigate across diverse cultural and business environments.
  • Implement cross-team training programs, emphasizing efficiency, innovation, and global market strategies.
  • Lead the formulation and development of products, tailoring offerings to meet the varied tastes, regulatory requirements, and processing conditions of global markets.
  • Drive product efficiency initiatives, optimizing formulations for cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and consumer satisfaction without compromising quality.
  • Foster a proactive culture of continuous improvement, encouraging the team to explore innovative solutions and applications.
  • Ensure meticulous documentation of all development processes, formulations, and product efficiencies, highlighting successes and areas for growth.
  • Ensures accuracy and timeliness of Sensory Reports, Trial Reports, First Production Reports, Technical Briefs, and other documentation.
  • Cultivate and maintain a positive, growth-oriented mindset, championing R&D's role in achieving business objectives and fostering interdepartmental cooperation.
  • Act as a key liaison between R&D and other regions/departments, ensuring clear communication and alignment on business goals and product strategies.
  • Collaborate with finance, sales, and marketing teams to align product development with business strategies, facilitating seamless product launches and market introductions.

 

  

The Skills you will bring to the team 

  • Degree or equivalent experience: Bachelors of Science degree in Food Science or related field 
  • 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
  • Partner with the Director and R&D leadership to set and achieve ambitious goals that reflect company initiatives and global market expansion.
  • Develop Performance Development Plans (PDPs) and advise on Individual Development Plans (IDPs) with a focus on cultivating business skills alongside technical expertise.
  • Mentor team members, enhancing their ability to navigate across diverse cultural and business environments.
  • Implement cross-team training programs, emphasizing efficiency, innovation, and global market strategies.
  • Lead the formulation and development of products, tailoring offerings to meet the varied tastes, regulatory requirements, and processing conditions of global markets.
  • Drive product efficiency initiatives, optimizing formulations for cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and consumer satisfaction without compromising quality.
  • Foster a proactive culture of continuous improvement, encouraging the team to explore innovative solutions and applications.
  • Ensure meticulous documentation of all development processes, formulations, and product efficiencies, highlighting successes and areas for growth.
  • Ensures accuracy and timeliness of Sensory Reports, Trial Reports, First Production Reports, Technical Briefs, and other documentation.
  • Cultivate and maintain a positive, growth-oriented mindset, championing R&D's role in achieving business objectives and fostering interdepartmental cooperation.
  • Act as a key liaison between R&D and other regions/departments, ensuring clear communication and alignment on business goals and product strategies.
  • Collaborate with finance, sales, and marketing teams to align product development with business strategies, facilitating seamless product launches and market introductions.
  •  In-depth knowledge in formulating products for various applications (Powders, RTDs, RTE) with a focus on regional adaptability and efficiency.
  • Advanced understanding of global market requirements, processing conditions, and regulatory landscapes.
  • Proficiency in business language and skills, with the ability to articulate R&D's impact on business outcomes clearly.
  • Strong leadership competencies, including developing direct reports, managing and measuring work, and motivating teams across cultural divides.
  • 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.
  • This role offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of our product portfolio on a global scale, driving innovation and efficiency across our product lines. We're looking for a forward-thinking, glass-half-full leader who sees challenges as opportunities for growth , ready to make a significant impact on our company and the industry.
  • 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 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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