Research and Development Manager

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Employment Type
Direct Hire
Pearl, Mississippi
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Service Specialists recruiting agency is seeking a Research and Development Manager for a food manufacturing plant. This individual will:

  • Plan and oversee product development and problem-solve for quality and production.
  • Manage a team of scientists and lab technicians who formulate food samples.
  • Assist in troubleshooting issues in the manufacturing process.
  • Strong background in food manufacturing with background in microbiology.
  • Strong demonstrated leadership is a major requirement for candidates.
  • Background in leading and developing a Research & Development Team in the food industry.
  • Deep knowledge of hydrocolloid and starch systems as used in emulsified sauces.
  • Understanding of analytical metrics of food products.
  • Working knowledge of HACCP and GFSI-based food safety and quality. PCQI certification is a plus.
  • Develop research protocols and methodologies, including data collection and analysis plans
  • Coordinate and supervise research staff, providing guidance and support throughout the research process
  • Conduct literature reviews and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field
  • Manage research databases and ensure data integrity and accuracy
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and publications based on research findings
  • Collaborate with internal teams and external stakeholders to ensure successful project outcomes
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, including Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Master's or Ph.D. preferred)
  • Proven experience in conducting scientific research, preferably in a laboratory or clinical setting
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in data collection, analysis, and interpretation
  • Experience supervising research staff and providing mentorship
  • Knowledge of compliance management and regulatory requirements for research studies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership abilities, with the ability to motivate and inspire a team

Note: This job description is intended to provide a general overview of the position. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, qualifications, or working conditions associated with the role.

Job Type: Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Work Location: In person. Pearl, MS

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