Position Title: Food Research and Development Director
Location: Sterling, Virginia
Industry: Food Manufacturing
Reports to: Global R&D Director
Status: Full Time – Direct Hire

Jones Networking is recruiting for a Research & Development Director to join the corporate office of a food manufacturer in Sterling, VA. The Research and Development Director will lead and oversee the R&D team responsible for the technical activities of product improvement, including innovation and new product development. This position is responsible for managing all R&D technical documents to conform with up-to-date regulatory requirements and will work closely with both sales and operations to coordinate the development and commercialization of products for customers. Our client offers the opportunity for a long term, rewarding career with competitive salary, excellent benefits, and growth potential. Benefits include medical, dental and vision Insurance, 401(k) with company match, life & disability insurance, paid vacation sick leave & holidays, corporate discounts, and much more.

Research and Development Director Position Summary:
– Development of new products and product improvements according to defined parameters.
– Participate in calculating recipe costing.
– Reformation of products to improve quality characteristics, processing efficiencies or ingredients cost.
– Document ingredients, test alternate vendor ingredients and define specifications and standards for accurate lab records and formulation modifications.
– Support in day-to-day activities in product developments.
– Arrange times for new / reworked product sampling with R&D taste test panels.
– Participate in planning, monitoring and documenting plant trails and initial plant runs for successful commercialization of new products.
– Work with other departments i.e., Purchasing (new raw material specifications), Quality Assurance (documentation of ingredients specifications) and Operations (recipe procedures).
– Foster creativity in new product development.
– Create and monitor samples inventory for outgoing sample requests.
-Manage detailed documentation of tasks and results; with the support of the R&D Chefs.

Qualifications Summary:
– Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Food Engineering, or a related field required.
– Minimum eight years of experience in the food manufacturing industry and R&D.
– Knowledge of GMPs and HACCP; HACCP Certification is a plus.
– Certified Research Chef (CRF) a plus.
– Exceptional attention to detail and able to work within competing deadlines.
-Strong leadership skills with prior supervisory experience.

If you’re ready to take the next step towards an exciting new career, visit www.jonesnet.com to view all of our current openings in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and Charlotte, NC.