Product Innovation Manager

Job Description – Product Innovation Manager, Aprati Foods Americas

 

 

Job Title:

Product Innovation Manager

Exempt                                                                 

Non-Exempt:                                                     

 

Reports to:

VP Marketing

Functional Group:

N/A

Department:       Marketing

 

Date:

6/21/2017

Location:             La Porte, IN

 

 

 

 

Position Overview:

 

The Product Innovation Manager is a hands-on technical and creative leader in the laboratory and manufacturing facility. In addition, the Product Innovation Manager ensures that there is a safe working environment in the laboratory for associates and visitors.

 

The essential problem the Product Innovation Manager solves is what new experiences and products will satisfy market desires and how can those products be manufactured.  The Manager solves this by leading rapid cycles of learning, using intuition, hypothesis generation, product prototyping, market research and experimentation to answer questions.  The process of learning and discovery creates technical and market knowledge.  This knowledge is collected, made usable and retrievable, to solve future business problems.

 

Essential Job Functions:

 

  • Leads product development initiatives into new product areas both within and beyond the confectionery category, expanding the company’s market opportunities; also lead product improvement initiatives for the current catalog of offerings
  • Ensures that product development initiatives provide high quality and happy consumer experiences, for instance on the dimensions of taste, odor, texture, color, appearance, while achieving key milestone and ship dates
  • Identifies, develops, and creates more cost effective product formulas, standardized production, and achieve good profit margins
  • Establishes and maintain productive relationships with key personnel and contacts in the major food ingredient industries and with outside co-packers as appropriate
  • Manages and direct all preliminary floor-planning of new Product Innovation pilot equipment and new manufacturing equipment
  • Assists and support plant manufacturing during start up of the unit processing and unit operations, involving commissioning of new equipment and transitioning new item products
  • Works with Vice President to understand consumer research/ insights/desires and business plans for product innovations and improvements
  • Verifies that product development initiatives meet governmental/regulatory standards
  • Supports processes and behaviors that create a safe work environment for all associates
  • Establishes New Product Quality Attributes and manufacturing specifications
  • Responsible for Food Safety as related to position.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with at least 10 years of experience in the field
  • M.S. in Chemistry or Food related discipline strongly preferred

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience in a broad area of confectionery machinery and equipment selection and application
  • Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected

 

 

Physical Job Description

Job Title:

 Product Innovation Manager

 

 

 

 

Typical Working Conditions: (Describe environment including exposure to heat, cold, fumes, chemicals, allergens, mold, etc.)

 

 Manufacturing facilities, including temperature extremes and various chemicals and humidity.

 

Equipment Used: (List all manual and automated equipment used in the course of performing essential functions.)

 

 BCH. Extrusion, Panning, Sanders, conveyor belts, cooking kitchens, electrical, plumbing, pumping and storage tanks.

 

Essential Physical Tasks: (List all physical tasks encountered in performing essential functions.)

 

 Lifting & climbing.

 

ADA Worksheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis of Physical Demands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please mark an X where appropriate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N = Never

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R= Rarely (less than 1 hour per week)

 

 

 

 

 

 

O= Occasional (1%-66% of time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F= Frequent (34%-66% of time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C= Constantly (over 66% of time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity

Frequency

Activity

 

Frequency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifting/Carrying

N

R

O

F

C

Twisting/Turning

N

R

O

F

C

Less than 10 lbs

 

 

X

 

 

Reach over shoulder

 

 

X

 

 

11 - 20 lbs

 

 

X

 

 

Reach over head

 

 

X

 

 

21 - 50 lbs

 

 

X

 

 

Reach outward

 

 

X

 

 

51 - 100 lbs

 

 

X

 

 

Climb

 

 

X

 

 

More than 100 lbs

X

 

 

 

 

Crawl

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kneel

X

 

 

 

 

Pushing/Pulling

 

 

 

 

 

Squat

X

 

 

 

 

Less than 10 lbs

 

 

X

 

 

Sit

 

 

X

 

 

11 - 20 lbs

 

 

X

 

 

Walk - Normal Surfaces

 

 

X

 

 

21 - 50 lbs

 

 

X

 

 

Walk - Uneven Surfaces

 

 

X

 

 

51 - 100 lbs

 

 

X

 

 

Walk - Slippery Surfaces

 

 

X

 

 

More than 100 lbs

 

X

 

 

 

Stand

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bend

 

 

X

 

 

Driving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Automatic Trans

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard Trans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keyboard/Ten Key

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fingering (fine dexterity)

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handling (grasping, holding)

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repetitive Motion - Hands

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repetitive Motion - Feet

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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