JO 15343 Product Developer, Bakery/Breading Specialist



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Hands-on product development leader who has the ability to manage several different projects simultaneously.  This position leads formulation of new and existing products, leads scale-up activities and plant trials and develops product specifications. This position also engages customers in both account management and project management related activities and supports the sales team as requested.


• Lead the formulation of new food products including preparation of lab samples, collaboration with customers, and sourcing of raw materials and ingredients.
• Show a solid understanding of functional ingredients required to formulate and achieve results in dry batter, breading, pre-dust, and seasoning mix applications.
• Support Sales and Marketing in developing and delivering effective customer presentations.
• Support Sales and Marketing in the positioning and proactive customer communication on existing and new products.
• Assure customer satisfaction through professional communications with customers, suppliers and other team members inclusive of sales, production, purchasing, and customer service.
• Work with production and QA and conduct quality control checks on production of new products.

• Develop product formulations.
• Duplicate, modify, and enhance existing seasoning, batter, and/or breading systems.
• Develop finished product specifications.
• Troubleshoot and manage plant tests and optimize solutions to run within customer production environments.
• Maintain appropriate development documentation.
• Provides effective cross-functional team leadership as necessary on a project basis.



• Bachelor’s degree in Food Science (B. A. or B.S.) from four-year College or University.
• Masters of Science Degree in Food Science is preferred.


• Five years related experience and/or training in working with and formulating dry batter and breading systems.
• Product development experience on appetizer, chicken, or seafood applications is preferred.
• Product development experience with bread and/or panko breading formulations; working as a baker in a bread production facility is preferred.
• Direct experience in managing customer relationships is preferred.
• Hands on experience in diverse food manufacturing environments.


• A well disciplined individual with exceptional personal organizational skills.
• Has passion for innovation and challenging the status quo.
• Ability to identify creative concepts based on consumer feedback, customer input, or market trends.
• Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
• Working knowledge of general mathematics and scientific weights and measures.
• Thorough understanding of Food manufacturing operations and production facilities with an extensive familiarity with production equipment and capabilities.


Terri Sherman, Vice President-Industrial Foods, Ingredients & Flavors, Tom Sloan & Associates, tsherman@tsloan.com, 920-261-8890

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