Director, Research & Development in Oak Brook, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 1/29/2020

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    Oak Brook, IL
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Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


IL Oak Brook

Job Type:

Research and Development Group

Job Posting Title:

Director, Research & Development

Job Description:

Responsible for setting the strategy to lead the technical activity required for creating and launching new products, manufacturing improvements and cost savings across the assigned categories within the division.  This position carries with it the responsibility to mentor team members and grow their capabilities for contributing to the organization while coordinating and managing the efforts of the R&D team to meet the business goals of the assigned categories  and overall company.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Leads and motivates R&D staff in the technical aspects of product development through the investigation, planning, execution, evaluating and reporting on new product development, product improvements and troubleshooting projects
  • Acts as the strategic technical contact to the company for the assigned categories.
  • Responsible for the R&D team’s completion of the business unit’s high priority projects and critical non-project work.  Advises, directs, coaches, inspires and reviews progress to create cohesive team environment
  • Works across all functional areas to accomplish business goals
  • Critical member of the project pipeline review and prioritization system
  • Responsible for keeping a strategic view of the market place and bringing insight to the business.
  • Creates an innovative environment by collaborating with external and internal partners and by managing the group with passion, intellectual curiosity, integrity and trust
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations concerning the application of  new formulations, process improvements or technologies, and cost savings projects
  • Assists in development of business goals for divisional team members – individually and collectively.
  • Participate in Senior Leadership meetings and provide ideas and expertise on setting goals/direction for the organization
  • Develop and create high performance organizations aligned with strategic direction of the business.
  • Direct training, education and career development programs to fill department needs and company-wide technical needs for the present and provide a succession plan to accommodate future staffing needs
  • Lead through planning and objective setting versus day to day oversight of functional group responsibilities
  • Fosters the customer lifecycle by ensuring complex technical principles are understood, points of differentiation from competitive items are identified and options to expand or launch new productions occur
  • Assists with budget planning and is fiscally responsible for delivering on that plan

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Ten years of progressive experience across leadership roles in product development and food safety in the packaged goods manufacturing industry, preferably in a strategic setting in a mid to large size organization
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to effectively work, influence, problem solve and communicate at all levels of the organization
  • Advanced knowledge of Food Science/Food Chemistry and Nutrition; knowledge of ingredient functionality/interactions; ability to apply this knowledge in the product development, commercialization and manufacturing process to support business goals
  • Proven track record in people management (developing, coaching, mentoring, directing) with demonstrative teambuilding and collaboration skills
  • Strong business acumen with an ability to mesh business needs with technical competencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to be well balanced between the strategic view of the work and the execution aspect of the job
  • Must have the ability to adapt to change with proven ability to accelerate the performance of R&D groups
  • Ability to develop both longer range strategic plans that address key business and technical needs and balance with shorter term operational plans
  • Travel up to 50%

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree Required – Type: Food Science/Engineering or related field

Master’s Degree Preferred -- Type: MBA, Food Science/Engineering or related field

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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