• Product Development Specialist

    Posted: 05/21/2024

    Product Development Specialist

    As the world leader in nutrition, health and wellness for children from birth to preschool, Gerber Products Company is committed to creating a strong future. We joined the Nestlé Nutrition family in 2007, and have been a partner in parenthood ever since. Our Anything for Baby team works closely with experts to create products that enrich and establish healthy habits for children, and are good for the planet as well. A career at Gerber provides meaningful opportunities to develop professionally, and nurture generations to come. Now is the time to define your future, and ours too.
    This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.
    **The Manager is traveling internationally, with a goal of conducting interviews in mid-late June and having someone start in July**
    Position Summary
    Responsible for product development within innovation/renovation projects for Nutrition Meals & Drinks Category. Taking an active role in qualifying and onboarding new ingredients, performing technical line trials, developing innovative approaches, providing technical expertise to others, and collaborating internally and externally to build relationships to continuously improve the baby meals and drinks product category supporting the launch of new products, renovation of existing products and process and product improvements at manufacturing sites. Always focus on building technical skills within the team and deliver on personal development goals aligned with Nestle Nutrition Long Term Goals.
    Primary Responsibilities
    • Support the qualification and onboarding of new ingredients needed to support the Meals and Drinks product portfolio. This includes working with Nestle systems to onboard new and existing suppliers of ingredients, managing factory line trials, and ensuring that the ingredients comply with Nestle Nutrition standards and meet the critical quality attributes of the finished product.
    • Provide first-line support to internal and external factories by acting as the coach and training resource for product mastership and providing knowledge transfer to build capability for the factories to troubleshoot when issues occur. Provide technical support to eliminate the root cause of problems identified through technical assistance requests.
    • Introduction of new products/processes within factories and external manufacturers. Collaborate and influence internal and external project teams (Teams are made up of R&D product development, Project Management, Quality, Regulatory, Engineering, Packaging, Factory, Marketing, Co-Manufacturing, Purchasing, and Supply Chain, etc.) to develop, industrialize, and launch on a complex range of Innovation and Renovation projects.
    • Continuously improve/optimize current Products and processes within factories and external manufacturers according to local business needs. Lead technical projects, including technical assistance, sourcing, quality improvements, compliance, and productivity cost savings. This includes establishing and managing timelines, uncovering roadblocks, defining critical paths, and identifying resource constraints.
    • Ensure adherence to all quality/compliance by design, Technical acceptance, and mandatory release standards. Comply with Nestlé requirements (Compliance assessment tool), external standards, and local regulatory framework.
    • Develop expertise for product/process mastership within TAG. Define, develop, and coach the competencies and training materials required for product/process mastership to enable manufacturing excellence. Provide guidance and input to Operations for Standard Operating Procedures.
    • Continuous improvement of technical skills and personal development. Provide coaching & mentorship to others to facilitate personal and professional development.
    • B.S. Food Science preferred or similar technical engineering degree.
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience in product development.
    • Experience in food, quality or manufacturing experience is preferred.
    • Experience with aseptic, retort, hot fill technology is preferred.
    • Experience with fruit & vegetable raw material/puree is preferred.
    • Must be capable of working in a fast-paced, team environment with minimal direct supervision and the ability to adhere to aggressive deadlines.
    • Interpersonal communication skills, written and verbal communication, organizational skills.
    • Strong project management skills and ability to lead project teams making effective use of everyone’s time to achieve timely solutions.
    • Creative/independent thinking, results-focused, and ability to impact & convince others.
    • Administrative skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Globe SAP
    • Position requires approximately 25% travel
    • Position is not remote
    • Position is not eligible for visa sponsorship

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