**Job Description:**

**Basic Purpose-**

Drive world class product development through the development of innovative and consumer driven new exclusive brand products as well as through leading a team of Product Developers. Identify and leverage synergies amongst ingredients, suppliers and new developments. Support existing products by leading ongoing monitoring and reformulations. Maintain accountability throughout the product development process from ideation to product launch formula/spec development and commercialization.


Develop and implement strategies and take ownership for strategic categories

Serve as a product development subject matter expert to develop and implement strategies in assigned categories

Manage and develop a team of Product Developers

Lead continual improvements of PD processes; represent the PD Team in cross functional team meetings

Lead special projects and initiatives within the PD Team

Identify potential PD Educational Seminars and lead the organization and facilitation of training events

Provide an expert opinion and feedback on product sensory in assigned categories

Provide an expert opinion and feedback on key sensory questions

Contribute to the definition of brand standards in regards to ingredient, nutritional and product attributes

Contribute to Exclusive Brands profitable growth and overall success, with focus on new offering innovation, and aligned with overall US Foods strategy

Use strong technical expertise, portfolio analysis and insight to identify areas for innovation, claims/nutritional potential, improved profitability

Collaborate with Category Management, Marketing, FSQA, Regulatory, Legal and other functions to drive project potential and assure aligned direction on priorities

Participate in the building of the Exclusive Brand Category Strategy in conjunction with Category Mgrs; directs concept development within agreed business and category strategies

Identifies and evaluates key vendors in conjunction with the Product Development & Category Teams; develops vendor strategies based upon current vendor strengths & weaknesses and long-term development requirements; builds effective relationship with the vendor community

Maintain solid technical and business understanding of the competitive set, and emerging technology to help identify gap or opportunity areas for technical point of difference in US Foods products

Develop best-in-class nutritional attributes, formulas and product and ingredient specifications that meet corporate, regulatory, and consumer/customer needs; ensure that brand integrity and brand strategies are maintained

Drive for specification ownership and proprietary advantage where applicable to protect investments and block competitive potential; understand and use technical intellectual property as a key business protector

Ensures that projects are delivered with the highest quality to the business on agreed timelines and within budget and are communicated with senior leadership and other stakeholders

Represent US Foods at Marketing events and promotions

Up to 20% overnight travel

# EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status




*Education/Training:* BS, Food Science or related field required. MS or PhD preferred. CCS (Certified Culinary Scientist by RCA) or other culinary experience/certification a plus but not required

**Related Experience**

Minimum 8 years’ related work experience in CPG, retail or foodservice. Expertise in product development and new product innovation, with extensive Product Development/Food Science discipline; 2 years Project Management experience preferred.


Excellent knowledge of HACCP and its application in food industry

Previous personnel management

Strong foundation in the core fundamentals of the culinary arts

Strong passion for food and the drive to develop this passion throughout the organization

Customer focused expertise in the foodservice industry

Strong sensory evaluation and analysis skills

Prior experience in facilitation of group training desired

Provide senior technical and business support, mentoring, and direct report accountabilities of more junior technical staff

Strategic decision-making approach to business interests

High collaboration and project management skills to work across a broad business base with the ability to influence and translate technical information in a non-technical way to all levels in an organization

Strong judgement and decision making skillls

Highly organized with a strong focus on detail and accuracy with the ability to thrive in a complex, high demand, evolving environment, requiring quick responsiveness; must be able to handle multiple priorities while maintaining focus on the bottom line

Must demonstrate a high degree of written, verbal and presentation skills

Work effectively as an individual with minimal supervision or as a team member as required

Must possess a strong knowledge of MS Word, OneNote, OneDrive, PowerPoint and Excel

**Primary Location:** Rosemont-IL

**Schedule:** Full-time **Shift:** Day Job

**Job Function:** Brand Management

**Job Level:** Manager

**Travel:** No

About US Foods

Why US Foods? As one of America’s top 10 largest private companies, we offer talented professionals outstanding opportunities for personal and professional development. We maintain a strong focus on growth in a high-performance environment. That means your work will be challenging and rewarding. We conduct business in a highly ethical manner and maintain an unwavering commitment to operational excellence, safety, and environmental responsibility. As important, we encourage collaboration and value each member of our diverse and talented team.