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Director of Product Development

Director of Product Development

Gardena, CA Posted on Operations

Director of Product Development

Operations - Gardena, CA - Full Time

The Director of Product Development will partner directly with the Director of Innovation as well as the Global & USA Supply Chain teams to develop and execute the company’s supply chain strategy for its innovation across multiple platforms.

This individual will ensure that the Company has the infrastructure required to support the aggressive, projected growth. By developing and implementing tools as well as systems, the successful candidate will continuously improve the performance of new and existing SKUs, with a major focus placed on identifying new opportunities to increase economic profit throughout the AKCO supply chain.

By working with the existing supply chain executives and developing key relationships with AKCO’s partners, the ideal candidate plays a key role in the value creation process for AKCO. This role is based out of our Gardena, CA HQ Office.

Main Responsibilities:


  • Teaming up and partnering closely with the Director of Innovation on the marketing side to identify new product opportunities
  • Drive improvement of existing products
  • Collaborate with manufacturing to execute new packaging initiatives and commercialization of new product launches
  • Present new products
  • Drive economic profit and margin increase

Playbook creation and execution on product development:

  • Identify and help set-up production and Quality Assurance
  • Develop close relationships with suppliers and the product development team
  • Liaise with Logistics to outline product flow
  • Project management of related supply chain projects
  • Execute shelf life testing
  • Develop and execute path from idea to successful commercial trial to commercialization

NPD Integration

  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Operations teams to develop route to market and distribution channels to support product launch
  • Hands on product development and identifying key opportunity areas

Qualifications, Skills and Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science or Business Degree
  • 6+ years of experience in Product Development and/or Supply Chain Management
  • Strong knowledge of food grade manufacturing
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in product development
  • Strong track record of successful product launches
  • Proven ability to lead and manage a team
  • Deep understanding of supply chain processes and how they affect the business, along with a demonstrated ability to translate strategic vision into an executable plan and then get the plan done
  • Detailed, results driven and action-orientated project management skills while managing several projects at simultaneously
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and leads with a self-starter mentality. Also willing to roll up your sleeves while keeping an eye on the bigger, strategic picture
  • Strong work ethic and is analytical and a strong negotiator
  • Available for domestic travel and occasional global travel

Job Information

Status: Open No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Job level: Top level Years of experience: 6 Salary: Negotiable Publish date: 31 Oct 2018

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