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JOB TITLE: Manager Product Innovation

POSITION:                   Product Innovation Manager

LOCATION:                  Atlanta, Georgia

REPORTS TO:             Vice President, Product Innovation


The Product Innovation Manager is responsible for driving all research and development initiatives for consumer packaged goods and food service licensing.


  • Responsible for innovation, creation and presentation to brand development team and leadership team. Responds to feedback and provides follow-up communication and recommends alternatives as needed.
  • Conduct plant visits, develop partnerships with suppliers and manufacturers of both packaging and product.
  • Ensure that all product innovation initiatives support the overall strategies of the brands while maintaining their quality and integrity.
  • Collaborate with purchasing to identify product quality, specifications of raw product.
  • Partner with licensing brands to ensure rollout strategy and successful implementation of products.
  • Ensures that all USDA/FDA/HAACP and food safety standards are incorporated into product manufacturing as well as the identification of all necessary on-site food safety product preparation procedures for unit operators.
  • Contributes to the success of the brands by developing products that can be executed consistently among all operating units.
  • Ensures effective relations between culinary R&D, other brand support teams and brand licensing to maximize efficient use of resources, ideas and execution.


  • B.S. or B.A. Culinary, Pastry, Food Science or related degree and/or a minimum of 5 years management experience in the food service field required with emphasis in the consumer packaged goods field.
  • Strong knowledge of shelf stability of frozen products.
  • Experience working with outside vendors and the application of external technologies in food ingredients and packaging.
  • Experience with establishing raw material specs for vendors and contract manufacturers.
  • Ability to travel 25% - 50% of time.
  • Demonstrated leadership and direct supervision skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to be flexible and effectively work with others as a team.
    • Entrepreneurial in nature and work style.
    • Excellent communication, organization and problem solving skills.
    • Demonstrated track record for flexibility and urgency in prioritizing and organizing projects.
    • Proficiency in computer skills, i.e. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.
    • Ability to move through the corporate kitchen, office, restaurants and bakeries during visits (standing, walking, kneeling, bending) for extended periods of time.

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