VP,Product Development $110K - $125K plus 25% performance based bonus A leading Western food company is seeking a VP, Product Development. The individual will report to the CEO and is responsible for assessing, implementing and cost effectively managing product development and introduction resources and activities as well as all R&D activities. The typical range of responsibilities includes project management, providing insight and recommendations on current and future technical issues as well as customer support to the sales and marketing efforts of the company. The position will be responsible for all the R&D business activities and management/development of intellectual property. The individual will also; · Provide leadership and management for the approved research and development activities and the Product Development and Introduction (PD&I) process. · Evaluate results relative to product features, best processing approach, product costs, efficacy and general assessment of product potential. · Work with the Marketing and Sales organization, recommend to management or customers the actions to be taken based on assessment of product potential at any stage during the introduction process. · Assess the technical feasibility of new product ideas developed within the company or by customers. · Identify the research and development activities that are needed to determine best production options, addressing potential problems and concerns and considering the complete product lifecycle. Typical span of planning would be within a 12 month timeframe with long-term vision within a 2 to 3 year period. · Responsible for the cost effective management of PD&I department and resources. This includes responsibility for the PD database, laboratory services for PD&I and creating systems to provide superior customer service for budgetary costing and feasibility assessments for new product inquiries. The individual will have at least 5 years of broad experience in research and development, marketing, production and manufacturing practices in the food, EFA or nutraceutical industries. You should have a degree in food sciences/sciences and MBA. If you think you are the right candidate for this dynamic senior position, please forward your CV in strict confidence to Kelly Jones, Recruiter, Human Capital Assets Inc, at [email protected] immediately. Human Capital Assets is a search firm that has been providing skilled professionals for the US and Canadian markets. Our search expertise comprise a team of experienced recruiters who have been helping brand name corporations find qualified and experienced professionals for their workforce.