New Product Development Specialist

R&D/Product Development Bakersfield, California


Provide new product development technical leadership for innovation and renovation projects for the ice cream business! This role serves as the technical and project management lead on project teams driving delivery of the “Innovation & Renovation”, “Buy Better”, “Factory support”, “Quality improvement” “Alternative supply” and “Vertical Integration” projects.

Ensures that all the products are developed and handed over effectively to run efficiently in the factories.

The New Product Development Technologist provides product & process knowledge and support to the factories to solve technical issues and drive continuous improvement.

  • Implementation of Innovation & Renovation projects for the supported product categories in the Market from brief to Factory handover.
    • Lead, Scope, and Drive project team, utilizing project management tools, to achieve project goals, respect factory capabilities, keep to deadlines to ultimately delight the consumer.
    • Perform product & process development activities (e.g. mockup, bench top, pilot plant, distribution testing, and internal/external factory testing) to achieve project goals and deadlines.
  • Completion of costs, concept and technical dossier forms and ensures technical and commercial sign-off.
  • Assure accuracy and a timely hand-over of new product documentation to the factory team to allow for a successful industrialization.
  • Ensure that specifications are complete and available, and that the product technical dossier is issued for hand over to the factory
  • Ensure process capability conducted during the industrialization stage in order to ensure accurate costing of the products
  • Support the first 3 production runs to ensure the product has been successfully integrated
  • Introduction of new processes within the factories and manufacturers. Collaborate (marketing, factories, Procurement, Material suppliers, etc.) in a team environment to develop, industrialize, and launch new products, quality improvements, compliance, and efficient cost savings.
  • Continuously improve/optimize current product and processes within factories and external co-manufacturers according to local business needs and supply situation.
  • Ensure adherence to all regulatory, legal and company standards. Align with Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream requirements (includes Nutritional Requirement and Sustainability), external standards, and local regulatory framework.
  • Work closely with internal procurement teams, and technical to ensure all new materials don’t add additional complexity and / risk and or waste to the factory
  • Continuous improvement of technical skills and personal development, while growing internal and external networks.
  • Develop expertise for product/process mastership within NPD. Develop the proficiencies required for product/process mastership to be able to support our factory operations. Provide mentorship and input to Associate NPD team members and Operations.
  • Provide first line support to factories. Ensure knowledge transfer related to product/process mastership to eliminate the root cause of assistance requests
  • Ensure attendance at the team and factory DRM meetings and ensure feedback escalated where required to the NPD team
  • Has a strong knowledge of ice cream raw materials, recipe, product and process across the factories (Factory experience, Pilot plant, formalized learning and mentorship programs)
  • Supporting the implementation and maintenance of the CRQS programs across the brands and into the factories



Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Nutrition, or a similar field required



1-3 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry, ideally in product development, nutrition, quality assurance, or food manufacturing preferred

Understanding of industry quality and food safety standards

Knowledge of food and beverage raw materials, food packaging materials, food additives and allergens