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RD&A Manager- Confections & Chocolate

Requisition ID 12120
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Research and Development 
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Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry
A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.
Where you'll work

At the Kerry Center in Beloit, we are a leader in taste and nutrition for the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry.  We have approximately 700 employees at this location that in roles such as regulatory, RD&A, finance, procurement, supply chain and customer care.  This location is commutable from major cities such as Milwaukee, Madison & Chicago.  If you’re looking to build upon your career in RD&A, with a team you can have some fun with, we might be the team for you.

What you'll do

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Research and Development Manager to join Kerry Taste & Nutrition supporting existing and innovative Confections & Chocolate Projects.


The Manager of Research, Development and Application (RD&A) reports to the RD&A Director and will manage up to 5 RD&A team members. Interaction with customers is required to deliver applications for new and existing portfolios, drive product innovation while internally assisting with cost savings initiatives and improving existing products. 


You will provide technical expertise across the various functions and be the business enabler for the  Confections & Chocolate Business to be successful.

  • Coordinates with internal resources (Marketing, Business Development, Sales, Operations, Quality Assurance (QA), Purchasing, Supply Chain) and product development teams to manage project completion on time and within budget 
  • Leads the innovation process, as well as the RD&A cost savings initiatives from concept to commercialization resulting in products that meet/exceed consumer expectations across taste, nutrition, performance and financial hurdles.
  • Provides strong project management expertise to ensure RD&A projects are resourced and prioritized effectively. 
  • Manages outside resources (suppliers, consultants, development partners, etc.) to achieve product development objectives.
  • Collaborates with Corporate/ Plant Operations/ Engineering to assure smooth transition from RD&A to Operations on all projects – and to provide technical support to the plants as needed.
  • Maintains good record keeping to support legal resources to manage trade secrets and Kerry’s intellectual property strategy, infringement/defense strategy, and execution.
There are a some requirements you need to be successful in this job
  • Do you bring a BS Food Science or related field?  A MS in Food Science is preferred
  • Do you bring 3+  years of experience in Confections & Chocolate product development - including formulation and leading projects to completion?
  • Do you bring 3+ years of experience Leading and Developing a RD&A Team?
  • Do you enjoy working in both Benchtop and Production Settings and bring a background in process?  
  • Are you open to travel 30% to customer locations and manufacturing locations?


R&D, Manager, Research & Development, Chocolate, confections, Food, Beverage, Product Development

3400 Millington Rd, Beloit, WI 53511

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .                                                                                                         

Nearest Major Market: Madison

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