Product Development and Commercialization Manager

Chicago, IL Product Development - Full Time

Nurture Life, headquartered in the River North area of Chicago, is a subscription service that prepares wholesome, nutritious, ready-to-eat meals for babies, toddlers and kids and delivers them weekly, straight to customers’ doors. Our team of chefs and pediatric dietitian collaborate on every menu to ensure meals meet the changing nutritional needs of growing kids while introducing them to new flavors and textures. Our commitment to sourcing and producing the highest quality products and delivering a phenomenal customer experience means peace of mind for our families. Our passion is to impact the healthy development of children and revolutionize mealtime for families.

We are looking for a talented and driven product development and commercialization manager who loves to work on a team and is passionate about being a part of a company creating the very best meals for kids. Nurture Life is a rapidly growing startup in the foodtech industry led by a team with decades of experience in the technology and food and beverage industries. We are committed to transparency and collaboration in everything we do.

We value…

  • Providing customers a phenomenal experience every time
  • Sourcing and producing the highest quality products
  • Investing in our people, our greatest asset

Position summary…

  • Responsible for managing the product development and commercialization lifecycle including market and customer research, ideation, recipe creation, taste acceptance, ingredient sourcing, formulation, commercialization, launch and manufacturing with production team, continuous improvement of processes and meeting regulatory and food safety requirements

Your days will consist of…

  • Leading the R&D and marketing production teams, providing strategic direction, management and execution
  • Conducting and managing R&D to develop new products and enhance existing products, including market and customer research, product formulation, recipe testing, taste/product acceptance testing, cost management and manufacturing implementation
  • Working with procurement to define and implement a cost management program for all new and existing products
  • Working with marketing and customer experience to define and implement a taste evaluation and acceptance program for all products
  • Overseeing the production of product labels and label details and how all products are represented through the subscription site and other sales channels
  • Working with R&D and production to develop products that are viable and scalable for commercial production, leading the commercialization and launch of new products into production and working closely with production on the implementation and continuous improvement
  • Partnering with marketing, production, procurement and customer experience to ensure accuracy in promotion, production and overall quality and customer appeal of products
  • Supporting product photography and videography shoots

We’d love for you to have…

  • 5-7 years of relevant experience in product development and management, commercialization, food science or research and development, food manufacturing or operations
  • 2+ years of experience in a high-volume manufacturing environment, preferably CPG
  • Degree in culinary arts preferred
  • Experience in ready-to-eat products highly preferred
  • Experience working collaboratively across marketing and production teams
  • Expertise in customer and market research, including analytics related to product viability and testing
  • Track record of bringing new consumer food products from concept to launch
  • Understanding of the principals, practices and application of menu engineering
  • Understanding activities in marketing, market research, finance, legal and regulatory, food safety, QA and manufacturing
  • Experience in project execution including managing budgets, third-party stakeholders and timelines
  • Highly analytical and able to make and influence decisions based on data
  • Ability to be successful in fast moving startup environments
  • Commitment to company mission, core values and beliefs

We are proud to offer…

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • Commuter benefits
  • Paid company holidays and paid time off
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • A company stocked breakroom for your hydration and snack needs
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