The Technical Project Manager (TPM) is a key contributor to MEC innovation process and product commercialization. The ideal candidate will be responsible for:
Develop and drive technical projects to meet business initiatives.
Lead vendor and flavor house chemists/ scientists on product development projects.
Collaborate with internal corporate and regional resources to ensure successful technology transferring and commercialization throughout global MEC co-packers and bottlers network
Act as the technology platform expert. Provide direction and guidance to internal and external stakeholders
Accountable for the in-house technical knowledge base to enable a global approach for MEC product platform.
Essential Job Functions:
Identify and scope new ingredients, processes and technology that fit with MEC innovation objectives.
Design project plan from conceptual to commercialization.
Communicate product requirements and recommendations to external partners. Lead all activities through all stages from development at vendors’ facility to scaling up and commercializing at co-packers and bottlers.
Consult on sampling, sensory and analysis of formulations from test runs with the purpose of establishing the right processing. Manage/ design shelf-life tests with external labs if needed.
Prepare protocol, document and report. Communicate results and partner with Process Engineer to transfer technical knowledge to Regional Technical Project Managers.
Collaborate with QA and QC departments on ingredients and product testing to meet MEC product quality and safety standard.
Lead plant trial and first production runs.
Trouble shoot issues related with batching or raw materials.
Maintain internal database and educate internal stakeholders in the knowhow of ingredients, product development and processing.
5-8 years of experience as a New Product Development / R&D / Process Engineer for a beverage and food manufacturer. In-depth knowledge and experience, including ingredients, formulation and processing such as hot fill, cold-fill preserved, tunnel pasteurization, retort, and/or aseptic fill, is required.
Education, Certification, Licenses & Registrations
B.S. in Food Science, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related degree. Advanced degree strongly preferred
Must have strong business acumen and strategic thinking, be able to connect the dots and apply prior learning or scientific principles to innovative solutions.
Experienced with managing/directing/leading project activities with external vendors & flavor houses.
Excellent written and verbal communication
Must be able to perform with minimal direction at a high level. Must be team-oriented and willing to work collaboratively.
Must have demonstrated initiative and desire to work in a dynamic work environment with multiple demands. Must be detailed oriented and organized.
Travel Requirement: approximately 40%, mostly domestic and some international..