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Sr. Mgr - Global R&D Engineering Technology Development at Rich Products Corporation in Buffalo, New York

Posted in Research 30+ days ago.

Type: Full Time

Job Description:

Rich's has been able to pull off something rare in the business world: a culture that successfully blends the latest business practices with family values. That means our associates are able to work for a great company while also benefiting from a work environment that fosters world class professionalism combined with family intimacy. Our benefit offerings are reflective of this unique blend of Life, Work and Family .
The Sr. Manager, Global R&D Engineering Technology Development will drive internal and external technology projects across several of our strategic product categories within the US/Canada Business as well as in our operations around the globe. This leader will be responsible for translating both product and technology opportunities into early stage innovation projects focused on solving customer problems (current and emerging, unmet needs) centered on platform growth. This key role will drive product/technology scoping, third party investigation of academic and industrial sectors, relevant to the company.
The ideal candidate will have experience building out new food manufacturing technology platforms, have cross functional team experience in regards to product/process development and experience with external technology partners. The external technology partners include equipment vendors and university relationships for complex specialized research projects.
Lead technical IP strategy for new technology projects and business development opportunities, in close collaboration with five Region Business leaders, Regional heads of R&D, Legal and other senior leaders within Rich's as well as key industry partners.
Work with Product Category Teams on new platform development and Product Applications Teams leveraging Open Innovation partners to build commercialization opportunities utilizing both current and emerging capabilities.
Liaise with external technology partners and experts in close collaboration with Legal to initiate CDA's and JDA's for key projects.
Find technical solutions and innovation by bringing to bear a network of external experts and solution providers, technology leaders and IP search companies and represent Rich's at Open Innovation conferences and conventions.
Connect internal partners across R&D technology platforms and the enterprise with external R&D groups to find optimal solutions to address customer-driven opportunities.
Lead Knowledge Management & Competitive Intelligence activities for technology activities.
Lead cross-functional teams in the technical aspects of product development by investigating, planning, executing, evaluating and reporting on new product / process development improvement and troubleshooting projects.
Initiate, investigate and implement significant new formulations, process improvements and cost savings projects.
Evaluate and recommend application of new ingredient / processing technologies.
The incumbent must be a highly flexible and adaptable individual who will create sustainable value and business growth by:
Creating and deploying a holistic approach to technology development that leverages best practices into an integrated market-based-management (MBM) open innovation capability.
Positioning open innovation within the company's consumer products as “upstream” thinking relative to innovation and identifying the “unknown.” Create a process to translate opportunities into an experimental discovery mindset.
Providing methodology and thought leadership to new and active categories across the company's strategic portfolio.
A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or a Combination of Food Science with Engineering; Master's degree is strongly preferred.
The ideal Innovation Leader will leverage a verifiable success track record with 7+ years of related and progressive R&D or product leadership experience including product commercialization within the Food Manufacturing Industry.
Experience gained from working with external technology partners with a track record for commercializing the external or partnered technology is considered essential.
Working knowledge of intellectual property and patent strategies in a global business environment.
International/global food industry experience and demonstrated knowledge of and appreciation for requirements, preferably in Asian and Latin American countries.
Experience creating new product opportunities from inception to successful launch.
A demonstrated track record of building strong technology pipelines, developing, overseeing and managing external relationships that produced tangible results.
Experience building and developing technical teams; ability to develop technology strategies that support business growth.
Very proactive and a strong communicator, across many groups and constituencies.
Must be able to travel up to 30% of the time-This includes Global Travel
Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates ("Rich's"), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.
Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich's. Please contact Rich's Human Resources department if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.