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Applications Manager

Company: CPS
Location: Schaumburg
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

Applications Manager

Ingredient company in the NW Suburbs that is financially stable, steadily growing that offers plenty of perks, including a pension! This will oversee a team of five junior scientists so will be a hybrid position of technical and management.

The Applications Manager role will take the lead in developing new dairy and bakery blends as well as plant-based alternatives. They will manage these products from concept approval, formulation, product development, and plant trials. They will be responsible for the launch and post-launch review of new products, collaborating with marketing, sales, project management, QA, and production. This individual will coach, lead, and mentor team members, contributing to the growth and development of their understanding of dairy applications and ingredient functionality. The Applications Manager will also be a key resource for the Director of Applications, serving as a dairy and bakery/ingredient expert for the applications team. Another part of this role is to provide technical service for the company blends texture systems and ingredients. This will include traveling to attend customer visits and plant trials. The individual filling this position should have good communication skills and be an active advocate for the company's products and services. The team leader must also be able to manage multiple development projects and priorities at one time.

Job Responsibilities:

Formulate new and existing dairy, and plant-based alternatives, to meet the objectives for sensory, nutritional attributes, quality, cost, timeline, and manufacturability
Design and conduct experiments to evaluate the impact of formulation, process and/or changes on finished product quality
Coordinate and supervise full-scale production testing to validate new and revised formulations, production parameters and packaging processes
Coach and assist in the training and development of other team members
Work in multidisciplinary teams to accomplish goals
Work with customers to solve problems and recommend or develop new blends which meet customer needs
Make comparison between the company products lines and competitive products identifying area of business potential
Evaluate results of tests conducted and approve those that meet all batch acceptance-testing specification
Developing and completing R&D projects as defined by the Director of R&D
Participate in marketing activities such as focus groups, new idea generation, and researching market trends as they pertain to strategic business plan and new products
Responsible for supporting the successful commercialization of new products
Work closely with production, marketing, and QA/QC in monitoring the performance of new products during post-launch activities in the New Product Process; may include troubleshooting, ingredient recommendations and customer site visits
Participate in and/or lead product improvement initiatives to improve the quality of existing products in response to customer feedback, to improve nutritional value, color, flavor, texture, and convenience, or to improve cost efficiencies
Set and write product specifications for product information sheets
Must be able to travel up to 33% for customer visits and trade shows

**If you'd like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Mary Harris-Rigas at

JO: 49.23MH

Keywords: CPS, Schaumburg , Applications Manager, Executive , Schaumburg, Illinois

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