Product Development Specialist KR
The River Group - Fort Smith, AR

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Location: Fort Smith Arkansas

Job description: Job Title: Product Development Specialist KR-246-13

Reports To: Product Development Manager

Location: Ft. Smith, AR

Compensation: $70,000 – 80,000, plus 10% Bonus

Benefits: Comprehensive Package - including medical, dental, life insurance, 401K and relocation assistance.

About our Client: Leading global manufacturer and bottler of premium branded distilled spirits and wines.

Position Summary:
The Product Development Specialist position is responsible for assisting the Product Development group with projects in the areas of new product development and optimization, which will focus on customer satisfaction and ingredient processing.

Assisting in commercialization of new products and responsible for all current product maintenance.

Maintaining safe, orderly, and clean product development laboratories and workspaces that conforming to all regulatory requirements and generally accepted GMP guidelines.

Job Requirements:
Assist in the development of products that satisfy customer expectations, comply with government regulations that will be taxed at the lowest possible US Federal Excise Tax rate. Optimization of current products projects

Generate accurate formula spreadsheets, and initial product specifications for products developed, including filtration requirements

Maintain shelf-life study equipment, and conduct and report results of storage study investigations

Satisfy USA TTB sample log and reporting requirements

Commercialization of new products

Position typically works with managers and employees at all levels of the company, as well as substantial contacts with key vendors.

Requires strong knowledge of product development, regulatory guidelines, ingredient mixing and standards.

Communication will include contacts within and outside the company, including critical relationships with key vendors.

Position has accountability for research related to small batches/new materials.

Position also requires experience and exposure to multiple cultures and global team projects.

Key Competencies:
Education: Bachelor’s Degree required; Food Science/Chemistry/Engineering; Preferred – Master’s Degree; Food Science/Chemistry.

Experience/Background: Requires minimum 1 year of experience in a similar work environment.

Required Skills/Competencies: Food/Beverage Chemistry and Analysis; Spirits Technology and Science; Microbiology, Sensory Science, ISO 9000, 22000 Knowledge, Instrument Analysis, Filtration, Strong Interpersonal/Influencing/ Problem Solving Skills.

Working Conditions: Physical/Skilled Labor: Work is performed in a general production area and/or office environment with regular demands for moving, lifting/carrying/lowering up to 50 pounds, standing, walking, climbing, and pushing. Normal visual, hearing and language acuity required for correspondence and computer usage.

Minimal travel – estimated at 5% of the time.

About The River Group
  • Resumes presented to The River Group are never submitted to a client company unless the candidate authorizes the submission of the resume and agrees to become a candidate for the position.
  • After your resume is submitted to the company you will be assisted in every way possible throughout the recruiting process, including preparation for the telephone and personal interview, gathering references, evaluating offers, and managing the negotiations.