Director/VP R&D Innovation (Seattle, WA or hybrid/remote) – Food Ingredients, Better For You Products, Dairy


Seeking a role as: Vice President or Director of Strategic R&D and New Product Innovation in Food and Beverage

In Location: Currently living in Seattle, WA — open to a hybrid work situation and commuting 1 week per month, a local opportunity, or fully remote.


  • Extensive experience with foods, including dairy, chocolates and confectionery, starches and hydrocolloids, coffee and teas
  • Skills include new product research, development and launch, market entry and go-to-market plan, product portfolio rationalization, strategic roadmap development, relationship development and management with cross-functional teams, vendors, venture funds, etc.
  • Managed teams of up to 8 direct reports

Compensation: Base salary expectation dependent on cost of living and responsibilities but likely in the $250,000-300,000 range plus incentives for a $300,000+ total compensation package.

Education:  MBA (2018), Master Food Science (2008), Bachelor of Technology in Dairy (2006), Human Centered Design, Certificate in Innovation Strategy

If you are interested in speaking with this Food and Beverage Innovation Leader who:

  • is looking to lead an R&D team for a growing company,
  • can help you with long-term innovation, open innovation,
  • has experience with food venture, incubators, and start-up…

Contact: Laurie Hyllberg at to learn more about CN# 85397 today!

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Laurie Hyllberg

Laurie champions Kinsa Group’s position as the top food and beverage recruiting firm in the nation and its presence in the global FMCG marketplace. To her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Business Management, and Marketing she adds over 25 years of executive search experience in the food and beverage industry at Kinsa. Building a network of executives and professionals through membership in the Women’s Foodservice Forum, Institute of Food Technologists, FaB Wisconsin, Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network, and maintaining professional expertise in recruiting as an Executive Board Member for the Recruiters Of Wisconsin association, Laurie is able to connect top talent in the food industry with food and beverage processors and foodservice providers growing their teams at the C-Suite, VP, Director, and Management level. Connect with Laurie today!

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