Ferrara, a company related to The Ferrero Group, is an emerging powerhouse in the North American confections and sweet snacking categories. A passionate team of more than 6,000 employees works together to share delight in every bite through leading brands that have shaped the industry for more than 100 years.

Senior Manager, Research and Development



Want to make an impact?

The Sr. Manager, R&D – Sugar will lead a Product Development team and works closely with Marketing/Business team to develop and deliver products according to strategies at Ferrara Candy Company. The position involves management of R&D members located in TN and Mexico, as well as active participation in technical programs and management of personnel.  Position will have the opportunity for growth into a larger leadership role within Ferrara Candy Company R&D.

Ways you will make a difference

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Assumes primary responsibility for implementation of technical programs for innovation, product improvements and commercialization programs in support of identified business plan objectives.
  • Identifies innovative product and process solutions to meet consumer, customer and business needs as a strategic driver for business growth.
  • Identifies and documents internal and external resource needs to support agreed upon development programs. Effectively uses all available resources.
  • Lead in-plant technical programs in support of improved product processing and commercialization.
  • Ensure legal, regulatory and quality standards are met during commercialization of food products.
  • Leads hands-on development activities as required to meet project objectives. This will involve at times performing the tasks normally conducted by food technologists and project leaders.
  • Communicates effectively cross-functionally and across diverse levels within and outside the organization.
  • Effectively manages small groups/teams, effectively using all available resources.
  • Identifies and explores new areas of technical opportunities.
  • Ensures adherence to all company policies and procedures. 
  • Understands and demonstrates the Company’s core values.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills that will make you successful

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

  • Ability to translate concepts into products and processes that satisfy consumer and market needs with low cost producer criteria.
  • Demonstrated ability to combine technical knowledge with management skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of product development requirements.
  • Ability to make complex decisions.
  • Ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical team members.
  • Strong Understanding of Food/CPG industry
  • Computer skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Experiences that will support your success

  • Bachelor of Food Science
  • Masters or certification preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years Product Development
  • Experience with at least 2 years of supervisory experience.
  • Project Management: Minimum 5 years of managing multiple projects across technical programs.
  • People Management: Minimum 3 years of managing personnel


Our diverse portfolio of nearly 35 brands includes SweeTARTS®, Trolli®, BRACH'S®, Black Forest® and NERDS®, along with iconic favorites like Lemonhead®, Red Hots® and Now and Later®. Ferrara also manages the Keebler® and Famous Amos® businesses for The Ferrero Group.  Headquartered in Chicago, Ferrara has an operational network of 20 locations in North America that includes manufacturing, distribution and R&D facilities. Learn more at www.ferrarausa.com.


We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, employment decisions and opportunities at Ferrara will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, military or veteran status, disability, handicap, genetic information, pregnancy (childbirth or related medical condition), or on any other basis prohibited by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.