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R&D Manager


Newark, CA, US, 94560

Shift Type:  Food Science

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 13 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



Key Accountabilities

The R&D Manager is a guider and consultant of new food offerings for Aspire Bakeries.  In addition the Manager is a subject matter expert in his/her field of development and in the processes required for commercializing those products.  The Manager reports to the R&D/Commercialization Director level or above and may also have Sr. Food Technologists, Food Technologists and/or Food Technicians reporting to him/her.  There is no budgetary responsibility for the Manager other than to guide development within any given price range. The Manager is responsible for managing his/her expenses, and those of direct reports, in a timely and frugal manner.


  • Assists direct reports in planning and executing timelines in concert with the needs of customers and in line with current internal and external capabilities
  • Responsible for helping ensure a seamless transition and sustainable quality of product from bench top to manufacturing to customer merchandising channels. 
  • Demonstrates a strong passion for food and innovation
  • Consults on and/or manages department projects including product development, process improvements, special projects and technical innovation improvements
  • Works in conjunction with Operations team and Director R&D/C to identify and/or develop new technologies.
  • Delegates work assignments, gives authority to work independently, provides recognition for results.
  • Develops rapport with key customers and dedicated to the team so the best understanding of needs and project requests are communicated clearly
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gather and analyses information skillfully, develops alternative solutions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operation of themselves and team. Able to work without significant direction.
  • Adherence to NPD/BRC guidelines/GMPs
  • Maintains high level of knowledge base regarding market trends and new ingredient opportunities through attending industry seminars, continuing education, trade shows, industry periodicals, and professional technical/culinary associations.
  • Conducts Product Ideation sessions in support of new platform growth, both blue-sky innovation and at customer request.
  • Demonstrates expertise in R&D equipment use and settings.
  • Demonstrates expertise in running line trials and working with plant personnel.
  • Communicates with project managers to accurately maintain data through commercialization process
  • Knowledge of Aspire Bakeries product offerings in those fields of development responsibility.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • AA/BA/BS in Food Science or related field required; MS preferred.  Additional culinary education preferred
  • 3 to 5 years working as an industrial food developer required.  Additional culinary development experience preferred.
  • Expert grasp of English (verbal and written) required.  Fluency in Spanish preferred.
  • Proficient knowledge of:
    • Skilled at Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel.
    • Knowledgeable of SAP and Genesis.
    • Understanding of OEC Graphics, Discovery, SharePoint, etc.
  • Domestic travel up to 50% of time.  Occasional international travel.
  • Sound basic math skills required (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, ease with fractions and decimals).
  • Ability to read and understand a basic formula.


Physical Requirements

  • Regularly required to climb, stand or walk for extended periods of time.
  • Use a computer keyboard and monitor more than 25% of total work time.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.







Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.