Sr. Director of Research and Business Development

Our pet nutrition business unit is searching for a Senior Director of Research and Business Development at our Irwindale, CA office. The Senior Director of Research and Development is a unique position accountable for providing leadership for both R&D, including product development, quality, and food safety and business development related to co-manufacturing, private label and export.? The perfect candidate will be experienced in pet nutrition food science and well networked in the pet food industry.? This candidate will manage functional experts on product formulation, quality and safety, and engage as an integral member of the leadership team. Only candidates with strong food science and food safety knowledge will be considered for this position.?

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT and CENTA) is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the pet and lawn and garden supplies markets.? Please see our website at?www.central.com?for additional company information.


  • Provides leadership to new product development, food safety, and quality efforts
  • Actively participates in the development of co-manufacturing and private label business helping forge partnerships and establish the foundation for sustainable, mutual success
  • Champions development and introduction of new product innovation, translating experimental and consumer learning and technical expertise into effective offering news that delights our consumers and drives profitable growth.
  • Works closely with the Marketing, Sales, and Operations teams in establishing innovative products and success criteria.
  • Proven track record of successful new product development and market launches of food products in the animal or human health & wellness, natural food sub-category.
  • Depth of understanding and ability to provide guidance related to AAFCO, FDA, and other safety and quality regulator bodies
  • Identifies new areas for innovation, claims/nutritional potential, improved profitability and increased sustainability through: awareness of competitive products, ingredient and processing technologies, and other external consumer or customer trends influencing industry and product direction.


  • BS required in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Cereal Technology, Food/Chemical Engineering or related field.
  • Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in related scientific field strongly preferred.
  • Must possess strong regulatory as well as food safety knowledge.
  • Strong preference for pet food development experience and animal nutrition expertise.
  • A minimum of 10 to 15 years of successful product development experience in a fast-paced CPG environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead a product development function that drives quality and innovation, along with an entrepreneurial spirit and results orientation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be creative, highly skilled and innovative.
  • Proven scientific skills, financial business acumen and mature judgment.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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