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Mgr., Product Development in Ridgefield Park, NJ at The Nature's Bounty Co.

Date Posted: 2/17/2019

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Job Description

For more than 70 years, The Nature’s Bounty Co. has enriched the lives of consumers around the world and stood as the leader in health and wellness by introducing innovative products and solutions to the marketplace. Putting science and the highest quality standards at the heart of our business, the brands of The Nature’s Bounty Co. are some of the most trusted in the world. Always motivated by nature’s bountiful effects on people’s health, our vision for health and wellness has inspired leading brands such as Nature’s Bounty®, Sundown Naturals®, Solgar®, Osteo Bi-Flex®, Ester-C®, MET-Rx®, Pure Protein®, Balance®, Body Fortress®, Puritan’s Pride® and Organic Dr.®, among others. As a leading global manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of vitamins, nutritional supplements, sports & active nutrition and ethical beauty products, The Nature’s Bounty Co. is committed to supporting wellness in all its forms.

Job Description

The Nature's Bounty Co. is currently recruiting for a Product Development Manager  supporting nutritional  innovation. This role will focus on key R&D development areas and lead the strategy for new and improved products from concept to commercialization. Candidates will bring expertise in the development of food and supplement based products in addition to strong internal and external partner collaboration.  Specifically, the Product Development Manager will own innovation projects supporting our Active Nutrition franchise in the form of protein bars, protein poowders, and RTD beverages.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•    Leading strategy and development for new and improved products, from concept to commercialization
•    Ownership of multiple product development areas, such as innovation, optimization, and brand maintenance.
•    Managing technical direction of projects- identifying key deliverables and next steps and communicating to team
•    Independently plan, manage and complete technical programs necessary to design, develop and optimize new and improved formulations/products/delivery systems for NBCo. products that meet customer needs and are robust and reproducible.
•    Manages complex business relationships with ingredient, form or process technology partner companies, contract developers and manufacturers, consultants, vendors, cross-functional departments, and outside university experts to ensure customer needs and projects are executed in an efficient and effective manner.
•    Manages technical staff as needed at internal and external research, development and manufacturing sites. 
•    Develops and reviews intellectual property strategy and conducts patent searches, literature reviews and is current with cross industry technology insights. Understands application and benefits/costs to our product portfolio. Ensures competitive advantage through implementation of proprietary and differentiated technical solutions.
•    Coordinates and influences Brand Marketing, Insights & Analytics, Supply Chain, R&D and QA as key member and activity owner on Project, Brand and Platform teams.


  • 10+ years industrial experience in the food, dietary supplement and/or value-added consumer packaged goods industry and with continually increasing scope of responsibilities
  •  BS, MS, PhD in Food Science or Engineering, Chemistry, or Equivalent
  • Specific formulation experience in protein bars, snack categories in functional foods, RTD beverages, and protein powders.
  • Training or certifications in Project Management, Design of Experiments or equivalent is preferred
  • 3+ years’ experience in a supervisory role managing others at a functional or project level
  • 8+ years of experience in R&D, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance in food and/or supplement industry
  • Proven track record of successful product implementation from concept to commercialization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with proven ability to manage up and work well in a collaborative team environment
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic and tactical partnering with internal and external resources
  • Works seamlessly in both a business and R&D environment
  • Strong technical activity management in a stage-gate system is required
  • Proven ability to deliver programs on time and within budget 
  • 25% travel time at minimum

Additional Information

The Nature's Bounty Co. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

The Nature's Bounty Co. offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, which includes health and dental plans, voluntary short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, generous associate discounts and more! 

Please contact Human Resources at 631-244-2120 if you should need a reasonable accommodation to submit your information for our on-line job postings.