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Senior Director, Research & Development in Oak Brook, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 8/23/2018

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Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


IL Oak Brook

Job Type:

Research and Development

Job Posting Title:

Senior Director, Research & Development

Job Description:

  • Leads and motivates R&D staff in the technical aspects of product development through the investigation, planning, execution, evaluation and reporting of new product development, product improvements and CI projects.
  • Acts as the lead strategic technical contact to the company for the entire division.
  • Accountable for the R&D team’s completion of the business unit’s high priority projects and critical non-projects work.  Advises, directs, coaches, inspires and reviews progress to create cohesive team environment.
  • Works across all functional areas to accomplish business goals by driving cross functional alignment.
  • Manage the project pipeline review and prioritization system
  • Responsible for keeping a strategic view of the market place and bringing insight to the business.
  • Creates an innovative environment by collaborating with external and internal partners and by managing the group with passion, intellectual curiosity, integrity and trust.
  • Assists in development of business goals for divisional team members – individually and collectively.
  • Member of the Senior Leadership Team providing ideas and applying expertise on setting goals/direction for the organization
  • Develop and create high performance organizations aligned with strategic direction of the business.
  • Direct training, education and career development programs to fill department needs and company-wide technical needs for the present and provide a succession plan to accommodate future staffing needs
  • Lead through planning and objective setting versus day to day oversight of functional group responsibilities. 
  • Owner of the R&D budget; including finance planning, ensuring efficient utilization of resources, and a succession plan strategy to accommodate future staffing needs.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • 15 years of progressive experience across leadership roles in product development and food safety in the packaged goods manufacturing industry, preferably in a strategic setting in a mid to large size organization
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to effectively work, influence, problem solve and communicate at all levels of the organization.
  • Advanced knowledge of Food Science/Food Chemistry and Nutrition; knowledge of ingredient functionality/interactions; ability to apply this knowledge in the product development, commercialization and manufacturing process to support business goals.
  • Proven track record in people management (developing, coaching, mentoring, directing) with demonstrative team-building and collaboration skills.
  • Strong business acumen with an ability to mesh business needs with technical competencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to be well balanced between the strategic view of the work and the execution aspect of the job. 
  • Must have the ability to adapt to change with proven ability to accelerate the performance of R&D groups.
  • Ability to develop both longer range plans that address key business and technical needs and balance with shorter term operational plans.


  • Bachelors degree required in food science, engineering, or other related field.
  • Masters Degree preferred in business administration, food science, engineering, or other related field.

Travel - Approximately 30%

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.