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Product Development & Commercialization, Innovation

Company Overview

Vital Proteins is an emerging, dynamic brand consisting of a team of passionate individuals who believe whole-food-based nutrition is essential for overall health, fitness and wellbeing. Our team, where job titles and hierarchy are meaningless, is comprised of intelligent and innovative talent who work collaboratively to ensure creativity, success, and global growth. Vital Proteins seeks to develop and support the right people, with the right chemistry, who continually ask questions, and in turn will develop and tactically execute good ideas. We are looking for individuals to help us think smarter and put a lot of ideas on the table in a short amount of time. Building a great company is our goal. Quality individuals and getting the team right is our business plan.


The Product Development & Commercialization, Innovation role is primarily responsible for execution of product innovation from initial formula development through final production. This includes bench top work in lab to align on product and project scope, formulating to fulfill claims and nutritional guidelines. The role includes supporting pilot scale and full scale trials at production facilities, through to full scale commercial launch and beyond until considered fully commercialized. The role will support the company’s innovation pipeline. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Product Development, this role will operate out of Vital Proteins Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, IL with frequent travel (anticipated travel 50%) to co-manufacturers and our production facility.

What you will be responsible for

  • Translating product concepts to development of products and related activities that support the formulation and development of new products, line extensions, and quality improvement
  • Developing formulations and specifications that meet the appropriate nutritional, regulatory and consumer requirements
  • Providing technical knowledge to support internal and external customers
  • Creating product development schedules that are required to meet project timeline
  • Working with co-manufacturers to understand processing capabilities and limitations, and partnering with them to successfully scale up our products
  • Developing robust product testing plans pre-launch to understand shelf life performance and integrity of our products to yield telling results within tight timelines
  • Being onsite at production facility for trials and commercial production as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Who you are

  • Bachelor's degree in Food Science or related field
  • 5+ years of proven experience in various aspects of product development and production execution
  • Good understanding of food industry standards of quality, foods safety, and FDA
  • Able to project manage multiple projects simultaneously with unwavering attention to detail
  • You are able to stay calm under pressure and remain focused on the task at hand
  • Comfortable in a fast paced quickly growing environment, no two days are the same!
  • Must possess leadership (taking initiative, motivating, mentoring), interpersonal skills (relating to others), dedication (taking ownership, meeting deadlines, prioritization), communication (strong written and verbal communications), flexibility and have a positive attitude
  • Proven ability of working in a team environment and in dispersed teams
  • Prior experience is preferred in the CPG or health and wellness space
  • Comfortable with extensive travel - 50% at times


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