Job Listing: Manager, Virginia Dare Flavor Applications – Health & Wellness

Job Title: Manager, Virginia Dare Flavor Applications – Health & Wellness

Reports to: Vice President, Research & Development

Reportees: Health and Wellness Flavor Applications Team

Duties & Responsibilities:

A technically proficient Applications/Product Development scientist who provides leadership and general management guidance to the Health and Wellness Flavor Applications unit as well as hands on product development expertise to deliver a high level of service in the day-to-day operation of the Team in support of ongoing and new business.

Unit and individual project turnaround time, accuracy, and win-rate is critical to success as well as an ability to make independent decisions.

The incumbent is responsible for managing all aspects of the Health & Wellness Flavor Applications Unit as well as working directly on projects. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  1. Project execution and all the tasks associated with such, including, but not limited to, the following:

    • Provide guidance to management regarding the required level of technical effort to complete a project.

    • Overall management of the Health & Wellness Applications lab project pipeline.

    • Interface with the Virginia Dare sales team and customers when the need arises to ensure successful project completion.

    • Travel to customers in support of projects when necessary.

    • Keep relevant parties informed of project status. This includes but is not limited to senior management, R&D management, Business Unit management, Sales, and customers.

  2. Participation in the organoleptic evaluation of own and others projects.

    • Active participation in taste panels where appropriate.

    • Participate in all supplemental tastings of products as needed.

  3. Remaining current on mainstream and emerging functional ingredients and be the go-to reference source for the rest of the technical team on such ingredients. This includes traveling to trade shows, training courses, etc., when appropriate.

  4. General management of the Health & Wellness Flavor Applications Unit, including, but not limited to, activities such as the following for the team:

    • Coaching, mentoring, and training members.

    • Assisting R&D management in the development and management of team and individual goals and objectives.

    • Periodically reviewing team members.

    • Managing absences, expenses, and other related tasks.

    • Maintaining a work area in a safe, neat, and organized manner.

    • Ensuring lab follows all site safety and GLP practices.

    • Ensuring that the Health & Wellness Flavor Applications Unit’s processes and practices are implemented and optimized to deliver corporate results.

    • Adhering to all Virginia Dare policies and procedures.

    • In general, contributing to the overall process of running Virginia Dare.

  5. Keep the VP of R&D properly informed of all relevant issues through clear, concise, timely, and appropriate updates, both written and verbal.

  6. Supports Health & Wellness Business Unit Management in business plan execution to grow the business.

  7. Effectively interface with such diverse groups as Flavor Chemistry, Supply Chain, Regulatory, Sales, and Business Unit Management.

Skills/experience required:

  • Education: MS required in Food Technology/Science or other related field (such as Chemistry) with 10-15 years relevant experience.

  • Direct line management experience.

  • Proficient in application development and the use of various sources of proteins and other functional ingredients in various food applications, including, but not limited to, the following areas:

    • Shakes, smoothies, and other RTD nutritional/functional beverages

    • Nutrition bars

    • Gummies and confections

    • Tablets/capsules

    • Baked goods

    • Dairy products

  • Proficient in applying and evaluating flavors in products.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Must be organized and be able to deliver accurate results.

  • Must have critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • Strong leadership skills:

    • Able to work effectively individually and independently,

    • In a team environment, working with and on cross-functional teams, interfacing with such diverse groups as Flavor Chemistry, Supply Chain, Regulatory, Sales, and Business Unit Management.

    • Able to deliver accurate results within short time frame deadlines with limited direction and supervision.

How to Apply:

Please submit all application materials to flavorinfo@virginiadare.com. Emails should contain “Job Posting Fulfillment—Manager, Virginia Dare Flavor Applications” in the title.