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VP Product Development

Company name
Schwan's Food Company - Marshall, MN

Bloomington, MN, United States

Employment Type

Clevel, Executive, 100k

Posted on
Dec 06, 2021

Valid Through
Mar 21, 2022

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VP, Product Development','21006439','!*!Schwan’s Company, a U.S. affiliate of the global lifestyle company, CJ CheilJedang Corporation, is a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of quality foods offered through retail-grocery and food-service channels. Our many popular brands include Red Baron®, Tony’s®, Big Daddy’s®, Villa Prima™ and Freschetta® pizzas; Edwards® desserts; and Pagoda® Asian-style snacks. To learn about joining a team where you can belong, contribute and thrive, visit


We are hiring a VP, Product Development to lead our national R&D team. This key leader will need to be based at our corporate offices in Minneapolis, MN or Marshall, MN.    

We are seeking an accomplished R&D leader with strong technical and business acumen skills that has a proven track record of driving projects from concept through commercialization. This includes new product innovations, cost reductions, and renovations. You will be accountable for all product design for Schwan’s products across Pizza, Asian, and Dessert categories in support of the Retail and Foodservice businesses.

As Schwan’s and CJ execute their growth strategy, innovation is at the forefront! This is an opportunity to lead a team of 30 talented scientists & professionals in an organization that is investing heavily to be the #1 Ethnic Meal Player in the US. Relocation package is provided if needed!


Duties and Responsibilities:

Impactful leader serving on R&D, Business Unit, and Global R&D leadership teams. Collaborate with key stakeholders to align the product team in leading the organization through growth and innovation; influence the strategic direction of function and business.

Agile leader who thrives in change and strategic transformation. Lead the Product Development team, including talent management, development, and succession planning processes. Reinforce a culture that values integrity, passion, creativity and respect.

Provides vision and leadership to the product development team focusing on innovation, technology, renovation, maintenance, and cost savings to design products that meet consumer & customer needs in ways that are better than the competition

Drives profitable growth through designing products that meet consumer & customer needs in a way that is ahead of the competition by enabling our core value of “Only One – First, Best, Different”. Lead innovation on new platforms and category expansion as we continue to expand our reach into the global food market.

R&D Gatekeeper on all Schwan’s Stage Gate teams. Facilitates support to the Stage-Gate development process through effective resourcing, product design, consumer guidance testing, plant testing, specification completion, and successful turnover to manufacturing team

Coordinates cross-functional R&D resources to achieve business results, including Process and Packaging Engineering,  Culinary, and Regulatory resources.

Facilitate technical collaboration with global R&D partners as appropriate to advance the OnlyOne core value.



Education:  Master’s Degree or equivalent

Years of Related Experience: 10-15 years of experience in R&D within the food industry, coupled with an agility and emotional intelligence to lead a complex and geographically diverse team.


Collaborative people leader with strong vision to deliver profitable business results

Able to influence and inform strategic development for function and business

Great presentation skills with ability to effectively convey technical ideas and solutions

Great relationship skills, both internally and externally, to achieve strong partnership and collaboration

Demonstrated project management skills


The employing subsidiaries of Schwan’s Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.


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Schwan's Food Company - Marshall, MN

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