Sr. Product Development Manager

Ancient Nutrition

Ancient Nutrition

Nashville, TN, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Job Title: Senior Product Development Manager

Location: Remote, Nashville preferred

Status: Active

Reports to: Director of Product Development

At Ancient Nutrition, we have a clear goal: harness history’s most powerful superfoods to help fill the gaps in the everyday diet. But who we are goes beyond supplements. We embrace our responsibility to the planet by leading the revolution of regenerative agriculture. We’re dedicated to forward-thinking methods that foster richer soil, cleaner air, and ultimately – healthier ingredients.

Through regenerative methods, we can create supplements with the power to transform your health. We can change the way we grow food. And together, we can save the world with superfoods.

Oversees the creation and enhancement of new and existing products, coordinating with various teams to ensure compliance with regulations and customer needs.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Partner with key leaders to identify and develop new concepts, raw material supply chains, product formulations, dosing and packaging innovations, and reformulation of existing formulas.
  • Collaborate with R&D, Quality, Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing partners, and Supply Chain to manage various tasks such as competitive cost analysis, prototype coordination, NFP/SFP development, finished good forecasting, and scheduling of first production.
  • Assist in sourcing and developing new raw materials for inclusion in formulas.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders to ensure product formulations align with company philosophy and scientific best practices, including creating formula and costing grids, conducting cost analyses, and managing raw material documentation.
  • Initiate and support artwork creation by calculating nutritional information and claims, vetting NFP/SFPs, and participating in Label Review Board for approval.
  • Assist with certifications such as USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher, Vegan, ROC, and others.
  • Maintain accurate information in Tracegains for raw material management and update Finished Product Specifications and Bill of Materials in Specright.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement among existing product lines and work on renovation projects.
  • Source raw materials by identifying, vetting, and onboarding new vendor partners.
  • Assist with supply chain continuity by effectively handling raw material substitutions, quality issues, and product disruptions.
  • Prepare product formula documentation for quotation and to drive communication with co-manufacturers.
  • Oversee prototype organoleptic evaluations for new product concepts.
  • Maintain well-organized documentation of all product development activities.
  • Cultivate an energizing work environment that supports high performance and efficiency.
  • Stay updated with dietary supplement category, competition, formulation/processing technologies, and nutritional ingredient trends, bringing relevant insights into the organization.

What We're Looking For:

  • Self-starter with a strong sense of urgency and follow-through.
  • Experience in executing product launches.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent communication skills across all disciplines and levels.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Operations experience with outside co-manufacturers.
  • Proficient with Google Suite or related software.
  • Experience using Spec Right and Trace Gains preferred.
  • Project Management skills is a must, preferred experience with "Stage Gate"
  • Familiarity in Commercialization/ R&D, "Concept through Launch"

Experience Required:

  • Minimum 5+ years of product development and or CPG experience, preferably in the healthy nutrition / supplement space
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Pharmaceutical Science, or related field preferred, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Proficiency in crafting NFPs/SFPs, comprehensive knowledge of ingredients, adept document handling, expertise in product certifications, and proficiency in various technical PD disciplines are essential skills.

Core Values

  • Run to win the race – do everything with excellence
  • Committed to constant growth – refine and improve self and work daily
  • Take ownership – take initiative
  • Be a purpose driven leader/team player – be reliable and responsible
  • Fight for one another and others – play as a team and works well with others

Benefits + Culture

Work is about what you do, not where you do it. Ancient Nutrition has many team members located near Nashville, TN but we are a fully remote company and are able to hire from across the US. Ancient Nutrition is a laid back, but fast-paced place to be. We work hard because we love what we’re building. No one breathes down your neck. We hire great people who don't need to be micromanaged.

We offer health insurance benefits, basic life insurance and access to affordable vision, dental and disability insurance. Unlimited Paid Time Off is a given for salary employees and a generous amount of paid time off accrual for hourly employees, both paid maternity and paternity leave are offered.

We are passionate about living healthy lives and offer free Ancient Nutrition products.

If you feel this role is meant for you, write us a killer cover letter telling us why you are the best fit, and why you want to work with us! We really do read them!