Exclusive Brands R&D Manager
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Position Title: Exclusive Brands R&D Manager

Reports To: R&D Director, Deploy

Purpose of Role:
This position provides operational leadership for the Exclusive Brands Business (approx $540M business) across all technologies with primary focus on building network scale through dry products. This role provides direction and development for existing and growth product support through effective management of the formulation and package menu concept, leads Do It Best efficiency type projects against agreed targets, and ensures quality design and the synthesis of all aspects of product performance in delivering the consumer proposition and customer requirements. This role serves as a co-pilot to Sales & Marketing through direct engagement with our customers providing Petcare technical leadership. This role engages as a key member of the Exclusive Brands Leadership Team providing technical expertise, resource management, and input to overall business operations and strategy.

Principal Accountabilities

Maintains relevancy of the formulation and packaging size menu options

Proactively develops Do it Best efficiency program to achieve annual targets

Develops product design solutions to support growth plans across customers taking into account Mars Petcare network considerations

Provides direction and framework for customer portfolio developments

Responsible for the integration of new capabilities from both Global Technology Platforms and external sources as appropriate

Prioritizes and deploys resources (people and money) to optimize the delivery of the project portfolio.

Provides functional expertise to EB business and directly to our customers

Establishes Standards of Excellence for the team and Best in Class benchmarks to clarify design objectives

Champions Design Quality for Exclusive Brands formulations

Set the Product Quality Standards, and collaborates with the Quality Services Manager in any product dispositions.

Mission Critical Competencies

Strategic Agility

Managing Vision & Purpose


Dealing with Ambiguity

Science & Technology

Consumer Driven Design

Business Acumen

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

Demonstrated ability to deliver excellence in the execution of business activities

Demonstrated ability to shape, lead and manage multiple areas of development

An understanding of the principles of a learning organization and management of intellectual property

Intellectually curious to find and develop opportunities

Highly creative technical development and/or problem solving skills

Demonstrated excellence in project and people management

Demonstrated excellence at building relationships and leading and motivating others across a range of disciplines

Comfortable leading and working with change

Strong working knowledge of food science, health and nutrition, food manufacturing processes, quality assurance principles, ingredient supply market and market research practices

Extensive knowledge of consumer centered new product development

Capability to lead large cross-functional projects.

Key Experiences

6 or more years of increasing leadership responsibility in product / product development

Proven management skills typically acquired through 2 - 4 years of professional experience in leading new product development projects.

Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills

Decision Making Authority and Impact

Decisions and their Impact to the Business

Allocation of resources (money and people) for Exclusive Brands projects

Product design, recipe, process and packaging requirements and approval for all segment / brand(s) products

Resolution of quality issues in concert with Quality Group


Menu formula and packaging sizes/structures to serve customer portfolio

Product Innovation Pipeline options for customer portfolios

Budgetary requirements

Department staffing and promotion


Desired Education

Food Science, engineering, chemistry or equivalent BS degree required, with a strong preference for a higher degree.

Every associate at Mars has responsibility for the achievement of quality and food safety.

As a privately-held, family-owned company, Mars Petcare US offers benefits which reflect our commitment to attracting and retaining great people. This includes excellent pay, competitive health and dental care coverage, a retirement plan, a very competitive vacation plan and unrivalled career advancement opportunities, to name just a few of our unique and generous benefits.

If you're looking for a place where you can take ownership for your work, where the pace is fast, the environment is built around the importance of open communication, and where employees are called "associates" and treated as such, then we want to hear from you.

We value a diverse work environment and encourage qualified individuals to apply, regardless of race, religion, disability, national origin, veteran status, gender and age. Mars Petcare US is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.



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