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Research & Development Manager


Swedesboro, NJ, US, 08085

Job 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 15 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.



The R&D Manager-Artisan Bread is a developer of new food offerings and sets process & quality standards on the product portfolio.  In addition, the Manager is an expert in his/her field and has a guiding role in other processes required for commercializing these products.  The Manager reports to the Vice President of R&D with a focus on the Artisan Bread category.



  • Set and maintain process standards regarding dough temperature, hydration, dough handling, and fermentation.
  • Maintain manufacturing and process specification records for all SKUs and implement potential changes based on the artisan bread principles
  • Review SAP standards for weight and weight loss vs. actual processing parameters and ensure compliance
  • Work with the FSQA team on evaluating Finished Good Oven-Visual Aid Guides and determine corrective action for the off-target products.
  • Develop location training manual for bakery operators
  • Responsible for helping to ensure a seamless transition and sustainable quality of product from bench top to manufacturing to customer merchandising channels. 
  • Demonstrate a strong passion for food and innovation
  • Consult and ensure process compliance with projects including product development, process improvements, special projects, and technical innovation improvements
  • Develops rapport with key customers and Aspire team to ensure internal compliance and deliverables are met
  • Identify and resolves problems in a timely manner, gather and analyze information skillfully, and develop alternative solutions.
  • Pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills; share expertise with others
  • Adhere to NPD/BRC guidelines and Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Maintain a high level of a knowledge base regarding market trends and new ingredient opportunities through attending industry seminars, continuing education, trade shows, industry periodicals, and professional technical/culinary associations.
  • Conduct Product Ideation sessions in support of new platform growth, both blue-sky innovation and at customer request.
  • Demonstrate expertise in R&D equipment use and settings.
  • Demonstrate expertise in running line trials and working with plant personnel.



  • 3 to 5 years working as an industrial food developer required, artisan bread preferred.  Additional culinary development experience preferred.
  • Expert grasp of English (verbal and written) required.  Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
  • Proficient knowledge of:
    • Skilled in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
    • Knowledgeable of SAP and Genesis.
    • Understanding of OEC Graphics, Discovery, SharePoint, etc.
  • Domestic travel up to 25% of the time.  Occasional international travel if needed.




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.