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JBS USA DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION - Prepared Foods in Waco, Texas

Director of Innovation - Prepared Foods

Responsible for leading product design strategy across our Prepared Foods business Unit. This individual will connect deeply with customers to identify gaps in the market and translate insights to create new product platforms and improve current Prepared Foods product mix. This position will drive prioritization within new and existing customers, identify technical needs, partner internally and externally to create clear platform road maps to drive sales growth expectations. This technical leadership role requires a strong blend of business acumen, understanding of consumer insights and research, talent development & management, project management skills, product design vision, financial savvy, effective communication skills, and understanding and application of innovation processes.


  • Develop product market implementation plans for all innovation work streams in Prepared Foods

  • Prepare initiatives for successful deployment (e.g., adapt solutions to markets, identify support limitations, etc.) in all Prepared Foods customers and markets.

  • Work with R+D and Operations to create detailed implementation plans and resource requirements

  • Work with marketing/sales to identify marketing personnel to own implementation of innovation initiatives for each customer

  • Identify market specific risks during innovation solution development

  • Identify potential operational support / service limitations and contingencies for all solutions (e.g., gaps in delivery and contingencies during down time)

  • Develop training to drive team member knowledge for food safety compliance and production efficiency

  • Develop comprehensive change management and communications plan

  • Manage demonstration of innovation workstreams

  • Work collaboratively with internal and external team members and stakeholders to drive work forward

  • Improve PPF operations by playing a critical role in the execution of the Innovation workstream projects

  • Partner with functional leadership to drive strategic direction and requirements, developing effective working relationships, cross-functional management processes and communications as it relates to Innovation workstreams

  • Identify issues/risks to key initiatives and escalate critical issues to leadership: PPF VP, Operations Group with recommendations and/or solutions

  • Create visibility of progress through regular tracking and assess performance of all workstreams

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors of Science Degree; MBA preferred

  • 5-10 years of experience in food manufacturing operation roles with increasing level of responsibilities

  • Department leadership a plus

  • Poultry experience a plus

  • Proven track record implementing large system wide initiatives

  • Expertise in manufacturing operations –emphasis on customer, production management and efficiency systems

  • Must be able to travel as needed.

EOE Statement Pilgrim’s is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce