Synergy Flavors, INC.

  • Product Manager, Dairy

    Job Locations US-IL-Wauconda
    Posted Date 2 months ago(5/2/2018 9:41 AM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    The Product Manager is responsible for assessing the market and technologies related to a Dairy flavor product line. This includes developing a high level technical understanding of product offerings, defining the product vision, assessing the marketplace for potential, gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, and working closely with Research & Development to deliver winning products. It includes working with Technical, Sales, Marketing, Regulatory and Operations to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met.


    • Accountable for identifying market segments for dairy flavors, measuring the purchasing power of these segments, understanding the product performance and features these segments require, evaluating the competitive offerings in these segments, and translating the requirements of these market segments to Synergy’s Value Proposition.
    • Continuously assess Synergy capabilities to determine market fit and translating current and future needs into Synergy capabilities.
    • Responsible to oversee and drive the development associated with the Dairy flavor product line: product profiles and offerings, commercialization, pricing and gross margin, forecasts, research & development, marketing, customer service, legal, production, etc.
    • Develop product value proposition, market positioning and pricing strategy
    • Provide the sales team with the necessary technical expertise to enable them to sell diary flavors
    • Responsible for preparing product forecasts and annual budgets.


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Chemistry or Marketing (with strong technical acumen)
    • Master’s Degree a plus.
    • Experience in product management, business development, category marketing and/or sales.
    • Experience in the ingredient flavor or other related industry required.
    • In-depth expertise in new product development from conception to market launch to obsolescence.
    • Project management experience is crucial.
    • Management experience directing cross-functional teams to oversee profitability of products (existing and newly developed products).
    • Budgeting and forecasting experience – expenses and capital requirements for product projects.
    • Strong product development, strategic planning, marketing, and project management skills.
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills with ability to influence cross-functional team members, as well as senior management.

    • Proven leadership abilities and strong presence.

    • In-depth knowledge of the flavor and food ingredient global marketplace. Knowledge of dairy related markets desired but not essential.

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Must be able to successfully interface with all levels of the organization. Above-average presentation skills are required.

    • Excellent knowledge and usage of Microsoft platform, cross-cultural communication, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

    • Self-starter with high energy level and ability to think and act strategically.

    • Willingness to travel up to 30%.


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