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Development Manager

The Development Manager is a key leader within the company that is responsible for managing a team of Project Managers, Buyers, and an Application Scientist to provide outstanding service to clients through the product development phases of making a beverage. This Manager will partner closely with the Supply Chain Manager and report to the VP of Operations. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

  • Complete satisfaction of development customers, vendors, and employees is the primary responsibility
  • LMA for the Product Development and CP department of 9 employees through implementation and maintenance of “Best Practice” processes, enhanced teamwork, standards of accountability, and utilization of EOS
  • Maintain consistently high customer satisfaction levels and create raving BevSource customers and vendors for life
  • Maintain and grow top client and vendor relationships which may require routine traveling 
  • Manage the P&L for your departments
  • Ensure that KPI’s are established and met
  • Ensure proper training is in place for departments for new hires and ongoing
  • Provide line of sight to your team by communicating a clear Vision which will be achieved through the execution of specific department objectives
  • Ensure department objectives are aligned with the organizations objectives as detailed in the organization objectives and the 1 and 3 year plans
  • Maintain a high standard of service for our all clients and vendors
  • Manage the hiring process withy HR which includes reviewing resumes, conducting face-to-face interviews, and making hiring decisions
  • Lead and manage weekly Department meetings to align activities with business goals and objectives
  • Execute a continuous improvement program within your team
  • Negotiate with various top vendors to guaranty cost savings strategies are taken along with ensuring quality is up to or above customer expectations
  • Develop, maintain, and utilize beverage industry knowledge – You and your team be the experts!
  • Work with Development Team to manage and develop new and existing vendors
  • Negotiate with vendors on volume pricing, rebates, exclusive relationships, etc.
  • Lead Development Team in the research, identification, and recommendations on co-packers for new customers and projects
  • Lead Development Team in the preparation of cost of goods sold and cash modeling for new product concepts
  • Review all cost modeling for accuracy prior to final presentation
  • Lead Development Team in the commercialization process for production set-up of new products
  • Review and audit employee weekly time tracking to analyze time spent on BevSource accounts
  • Manage the Pre-Production Checklist, including continuous improvement 
  • Establish efficient and proper project timelines
  • Travel to manufacturing facilities to monitor large-scale production for new BevSource clients and/or large-scale production of new products for existing BevSource clients may be required
  • Utilize MRP software and systems effectively
  • Support VP, Operations as needed

Qualifications & Skills: 

  • Bachelor's degree in business or technical discipline or equivalent required
  • 5-7 years’ minimum of applicable experience 
  • Passionate and customer service driven with strong, interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills
  • Proven ability to lead, inspire and influence a team
  • Superior problem-solving skills and capabilities
  • Excellent NetSuite MRP software understanding and skills
  • Self-directed, hard-working, detailed and results oriented
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work with a sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment
  • Energetic and enthusiastic with a willingness to learn and grow within the company. 
  • Willingness and flexibility to travel up to 25% of the time (including nights, weekends, and international) 

To Apply: Please send resume and salary requirements to Amber Hofschulte-Beck at Video cover letters are strongly encouraged.