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Associate Director, R&D - Nutrition

Leprino Foods Denver, Colorado
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March 26, 2023
Leprino Foods
Denver, Colorado
Leprino Foods

Denver, CO, US, 80211
Requisition ID: 28503
No of Openings: 1
Posted Date: Mar 13, 2023
Job Function: Research & Development

Leprino Foods is seeking an Associate Director, Nutrition R&D to lead the operational strategy and work activities for the Research and Development functions for their areas of responsibility. This new role will support our largest customers and lead large, strategic projects for the company.

At Leprino Foods, starting compensation for this role typically ranges between $153,000 and $190,000. This position has an annual target bonus of 15%.

  • Use a robust StageGate project management process to ensure the successful identification, screening, development, and commercialization opportunities for the organization.
  • Research and identify new technologies needed to support our businesses of the future, and actively partner with external resources and suppliers to realize those opportunities.
  • Act as an active partner with internal and external customers in their innovation processes.
  • Ensure a smooth hand-off during commercialization and provide ongoing technical support as needed to enhance process capability and eliminate waste.
  • Lead a team of three, to ensure the completion of strategic projects and departmental outputs in an efficient, effective, and timely basis, factoring in fluctuating workloads and changing priorities.
  • Provide technical guidance, expertise, and leadership to projects within functional scope.
  • Investigate audit results and implement corrective actions.
  • Develop formal standard operating procedures to use for training materials to train staff and plant personnel whenever new technologies, processes, or formulations are developed
  • Improve the Company ROIC by implementing plans to increase efficiency, asset utilization, waste reduction, and margins
  • Use statistical methods, data analysis, and reporting tools to assist the manufacturing plants in tightening standard deviations of critical process controls.

You Have At Least (Required Qualifications):

  • A Bachelor's degree in Food Technology, Food science, Dairy science or another related field.
  • Twelve (12) years of food manufacturing, research, product development or quality assurance experience in the food segment.
  • Five (5) years of progressive leadership experience.
  • The ability to travel up to 30%.

We Hope You Also Have (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Prior experience in a dairy organization with a business-to-business product.

Leprino Foods celebrates and supports diversity. We believe in equal opportunity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. We know we are better together and are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive culture that uses the unique talents, experiences, background, and perspectives of each individual employee.

Offering You In Return:

A chance to be part of a global team of individuals passionate about producing and delivering high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Leprino Foods could not be where it is today without our incredible employees. That is why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring great people who are in it for the long run is our goal. Through competitive salaries and bonuses, life, medical/dental/vision coverage, voluntary benefits, employee assistance programs, wellness incentives, tuition assistance, vacation, ten paid holidays, sick time, paid parental leave, annual merit increases, as well as the LFC Profit-Sharing & 401(k) plan. Your impact will be noticed and rewarded, as you seek to further our company, our customers, and one another.

Our Story:

Leprino Foods' history dates back over 70 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We've grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino Foods is the world's largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the "World's Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company." To help us achieve that bold vision, we're looking for our secret ingredient: You. A motivated team member who is the best at what you do. Three passionate individuals in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to almost 5,000 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

Leprino Foods Company utilizes the services of Psychemedics to perform our Hair Follicle Drug Testing. Additional information about this process can be obtained at https://www.psychemedics.com

Leprino Foods requires all individuals to wear the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as required by the role and location.

Leprino Foods Company supports a drug-free workplace and is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

Nearest Major Market: Denver


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