Traditional Medicinals Inc. - R&D Scientist & Project Manager

Job Title: R&D Scientist & Project Manager
Company: Traditional Medicinals Inc.
Location: 4515 Ross Road, Sebastopol, CA, 95472
Industry Sectors: Beverage - Non Alcoholic
Date Posted: 11/7/2016

Company Overview

Traditional Medicinals® is a growing, financially sound, 42-year-old herbal wellness tea company based in Northern California.  With over 50 varieties of tea made in our solar- and wind-powered manufacturing facility, we are a leading seller of organic and Fair Trade Certified™ wellness tea in the U.S.  In 1974, we pioneered the wellness tea category and over the years we’ve grown to become one of the top 10 bagged tea companies in the US (out of 315 tea companies). Our products are herbal supplements that are distributed nationally across all channels from health and natural foods stores (Whole Foods), to all major national grocery chains, to mass market retailers (Target and Walmart), and drug stores (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid).

We are an independent, mission-driven company with a planning horizon extending beyond the next generation. The concept of a triple bottom line - people, planet, and profits is part of our corporate DNA and the basis for its success over the past 42 years. 

Building on a legacy of quality, integrity, and botanical excellence, Traditional Medicinals (TM) is embarking on a transformative journey to expand its brand and business beyond medicinal bagged teas to a broader portfolio of product forms, formats, and benefits. The innovation strategy presents the opportunities for R&D to expand its technical capability to develop new portfolios of botanical wellness products.

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Scope of Position

Traditional Medicinals is seeking a talented, motivated and experienced individual to technically lead and manage projects in multiple formats including but not limited to beverages and other liquid forms as the company enters a new phase of innovation and company growth. As technical lead, s/he supports identifying and qualifying co-packers, lead product development, and deliver results. As project manager, s/he is responsible for initiating, planning, designing, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing project(s). S/he will inspire a sense of shared purpose within the cross-functional project team, work well under pressure, changes and complexity to drive business results, and complete projects on time and within budget.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MS in chemistry, food sciences or related field, NPDP/PMP certification, botanical training, or MBA a plus.
  • 5+ years R&D related experience in food, beverage, and/or herbal dietary supplement industry. Beverage experience preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in project management, product development and commercialization.

  • Good knowledge of good manufacturing practices (GMPs), regulations for dietary supplements (DSHEA) and/or Over the Counter (OTC) drugs and sensory evaluation of food/beverage products.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent organization, prioritization, and time management skills.

  • Ability to facilitate cross functional teams and work collaboratively.

  • Must be self-motivated, team-oriented and results-driven.

  • Must be proficient in computer skills of using Microsoft Office.

  • Able to work 5 days a week on site and travel up to 10%.

Key Responsibilities

Business Alignment

  • Align with Traditional Medicinals’ mission and strategy to execute business decisions.

  • Work with passion, collaboration, and dedication to delivering business results.

  • Prioritize projects and activities with supervisor as business needs evolve.

  • Learn and share best practices to strengthen and expand R&D competencies.

  • Cultivate a culture of trust, transparency, and accountability to build an effective team.

Project Management

  • Participate in the development of project scopes, deliverables, milestones, resources, and timelines.  

  • Inspire a sense of shared purpose within the cross-functional project team, work well under pressure, changes and complexity to drive business results, and complete projects on time and within budgets.  

  • Develop policies and procedures as needed within area of responsibility.

  • Monitor on-going projects in order to assure project objectives are being met and that timelines are being adhered to. 

  • Provide team members’ performance and project progress to supervisor. 

Product Development

  • Develop technical briefs that include objective, deliverables, timeline, and technical considerations.

  • Develop new products through collaborating internally with herbalists, scientists, project leaders, R&D consultants, and personnel from Marketing, Purchasing, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, QC/QA, and Finance and externally with contracted research and manufacturing organizations.

  • Design experiments, analyze data, and communicate finding, challenges and potential risks timely.

  • Develop technical specifications on ingredients, blends, and finished products.

  • Manage project timeline, changes and deliverables.  

  • Provide weekly project update.  

Contract Manufacturing

  • Participate in the process of identifying, qualifying and selecting contract manufacturers for specific project needs.

  • Work with Procurement and/or co-manufacturers to facilitate solicitation and review of new ingredients.

  • Lead product development and collaborate cross-functionally and with co-manufacturers.

  • Coordinate plant trials and new product start-ups. Troubleshoot technical and processing issues during pilot and commercial runs.

Conduct in-house sensory evaluations.