R&D Manager


Van Nuys, CA, US, 90045

Job Type:  Food Safety & Quality Assurance

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.



The R&D Manager-Artisan Bread and Lamination is a developer of new food offerings and sets process & quality standards on the product portfolio. He/her gets samples made, organized, stored and shipped, and keeps the work environment clean, orderly, and operating smoothly. In addition, the Manager is an expert in his/her field and has a guiding roll in other processes required for commercializing these products.  The Manager reports to the Sr Manager, and above, of R&D with the focus of Artisan Bread and Lamination category.



  • Set and maintain process standards regarding dough temperature, hydration, dough handling and fermentation.
  • Maintain manufacturing and process specification records for all SKU’s 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 FSQA team on evaluating Finished Good Oven-Visual Aid Guides and determine corrective action for off- target product.
  • Develop location training manual for bakery operators.
  • 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.
  • Identify and resolves problems in a timely manner, gather and analyze information skillfully, develop alternative solutions.
  • Pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills; share expertise with others.
  • Assists other members of the team in creating samples from formulas handed down.
  • Responsible for sample inventory control and proper storage
  • Responsible for ingredient/packaging inventory and storage
  • Responsible for sample shipments and maintenance of shipping and receiving records for the lab.
  • Supports team members on line trials when necessary.
  • Adhere to NPD/BRC guidelines and Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Maintain 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.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of Aspire Bakeries product offerings.



  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required; AA, BA or BS 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.
  • Domestic travel up to 25% of time.  Occasional international travel if needed.


Salary Range: $90,000 - $110,000


Aspire Bakeries LLC values the contribution each Team Member brings to our organization. The final determination of a successful candidate’s starting pay will vary based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to location, shift, education, skill, and experience within the job or the industry. The pay scale listed for this position is generally for candidates that meet the specified qualifications and requirements listed In this specific job description. Additional pay may be determined for those candidates that exceed these specified qualifications and requirements. We provide a competitive compensation package that recognizes your experience, credentials, and education alongside a robust benefits program to meet your needs. For union-represented postings, wage rates and ranges are governed by applicable collective bargaining agreements.


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.