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Research & Innovation Director, Yogurt

Company: Groupe Danone
Location: White Plains
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

At Danone, we believe that every time we eat or drink, we vote for the world we want. As a leading food and beverage company, we make healthy, sustainably-produced foods and beverages that nourish people’s lives. Some of our brands include Dannon, Activia, Horizon Organic, International Delight, Silk, Oikos, So Delicious Dairy Free, Stok, Two Good, Vega, and Wallaby Organic . And as the largest Certified B Corporation® in the world, we are committed to redefining success in business to ensure that through our brands we create real benefits for people, our communities, and the planet.

With headquarters in Broomfield, CO and White Plains, NY, Danone North America has more than 6,000 employees across the U.S. and Canada, and more than a dozen manufacturing facilities across North America. Our employees enjoy competitive pay and industry-leading benefits (including flexible (unlimited) time off and up to 26 weeks paid parental leave), and share a common mission and culture committed to both business results and social purpose. When you join Danone North America, you become part of a global team that is inspiring a healthier world through food.

Danone North America is looking for a Research & Innovation Director, Yogurt in White Plains, NY.

About the Job:

We have an amazing opportunity on our Research & Innovation team, for a R&I Director, Yogurt , based in White Plains, NY! This is a key leadership role enabling Danone North America strategy to ensure we continue to be the leader in healthy, favorite, and sustainable food products by:

•Ensuring brand technical innovation is developed and new products with points of differentiation are delivered to support the values of unrivaled quality, creativity and innovation across our product portfolio and categories.

•Mitigating input costs and enhancing margins through joined up innovation and cost leadership programs.

•Advancing the business through brand stewardship for the product and technical brand management excellence, ensuring all aspects meet or exceed the quality, creative and product delivery requirements within a managed timeline and cost objective

•Orchestrating the R&I function to deliver technical programs across Innovation, Quality Improvement and Cost Savings and leading a solidified technical program.

•Coaching and building team capabilities in creativity, new product and category development, and technology innovation to assure industry leading excellence in product development.

•Creating the conditions for people to succeed through inspirational engagement and effective career growth and development planning.

The Director of R&I for the Yogurt BU must have a strong technical background, exemplary leadership skills and the experience and ability to work cross functionally. This role is accountable for the performance delivery of ingredient, product, and process innovation including cross-functional planning across multiple teams (Marketing, Supply Chain, Quality, Packaging, Sales, etc.). The leader will set the tone for creating possibilities, the standards of technical excellence, commercial viability, and quality. You are equally accountable for the transformation of the function to become a robust high performing R&I team that underpins and elevates the business unit and overall enterprise performance.

You must have proven experience in influencing and supporting executive level leaders and programs and equally able to roll up sleeves to deliver great work and engage at all levels and functions of organization. The candidate must also be adept at working in a fast-paced setting and comfortable leading through ambiguity.

About You:

•You will have a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Engineering. Post-graduate degree preferred.

•You will have 10+ years of broad and deep Product Innovation, Value Generation, and Cost optimization experience. You will have progressive and increasing levels of responsibility and leadership accountability with a minimum of 10 years managing product programs and people. Yogurt and/or Dairy technical experience is a plus.

•You will have an adept understanding of trends, sensory, consumer, analytical and physical testing methodologies, beverages, food and snacking categories, and dairy/non-dairy technologies. Demonstrated expertise in an area of specialization in at least two of the categories, related experience in the manufacturing of products, delivering points of difference and substantiating claims.

•You will have technical competence in ingredient functionality and process technology.

•You will have a proven ability to lead and motivate a group of leaders, create a vision, and influence across functional teams.

•You will have demonstrated leadership strength in capability development, stakeholder management and supplier relationships. Excellent communication skills to interact with general management at a senior level.

•You will have experience setting and driving strategic plans, making tough decisions and prioritizing delivery within a complex and dynamic business environment. Successfully executed programs from idea to implementation, completing the research and business case to drive the change.

•You will have strong commercial acumen, technical development skills, judgment and understanding of the business and industry. Experience leading a product development function across multiple markets or countries preferred.

•You will ideally have a balanced background across Technical Brand Management and Supply Chain experience will be

Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. For more information, please visit  DanoneNorthAmerica.com .

Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

Keywords: Groupe Danone, White Plains , Research & Innovation Director, Yogurt, Other , White Plains, New York

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