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Product Development Director

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Date: Mar 7, 2019

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Company: Flowers Foods


Oversee and direct the successful development of new product aligned with the company, business unit and functional strategy.  Improve quality and/or shelf life of existing products.  Evaluate alternative ingredient suppliers to reduce cost and to meet or exceed established performance specifications.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Direct and lead a team of 5 product developers from concept development through commercialization.
  • Establish and implement product development best practices.
  • Resource and prioritize projects against business goals.
  • Facilitate and remove barriers in product development for team through each stage of development.
  • Develop a high functioning, engaged, efficient and effective team.
  • Collaborate with cross functional team including supply chain, procurement, marketing and external supply partners to develop a pipeline of initiatives to meet business unit objectives.
  • In-lab formula evaluation of new product still in development stages.
  • In-lab formula evaluation of existing products where quality, shelf life improvement, or cost reduction is desired. 
  • Coordinate the scheduling of plant tests (i.e. sending formulas, ensuring acquisition of unique ingredients and their necessary documentation)
  • Develop formulas and ingredient specifications for nutritional labeling and ingredient dec developments, as well as for costing purposes.
  • Conduct shelf life evaluations of products that are in development or may be going through an improvement effort. 
  • Liaison with cake plants to assist with the troubleshooting of problems.
  • Practice and comply with all Company policies and procedures (EEO, Harassment, Safety, Sarbanes Oxley, etc.)
  • Perform other duties which are deemed by management to be an integral part of the job, including but not limited to fulfillment of work schedules, adherence to attendance policies, and other applicable operating rules, policies and procedures.

Desired Experience

10-15 years of progressively responsible research and development experience.  Previous experience in bakery production areas. 

Desired Education

Bachelor’s degree in bakery science, food science, food engineering, or related field is required. 


We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits including medical, dental, and 401(k).  Please reply by 04/05/19.  Resumes are active for 30 days.  Interested job seekers who successfully complete the series of pre-screening questions and who appear to possess the basic qualifications for this position may be contacted for a telephone interview.


Flowers Bakeries, LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EEO/AA/VETS/Disabled)


If you need assistance with submitting your resume due to a medical condition or disability, please send an e-mail to Leny J Garcia-Hill at or 229 551-3101.

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