Category R&D Manager

Heura Foods
 |  03.05.2022

Your main duty as an Category R&D Manager will be designing, developing and implementing new products; renovating existing products and creating value for our consumers. You will be managing a portfolio of projects and a Team of R&D Project Managers.


  • Manage in full autonomy a complex portfolio of R&D projects in all its phases from initial prototyping through to execution to the market
  • Translate insights into actionable technical briefs in partnership with marketing and sales teams, based on solid consumer foundation and customer needs
  • Collaborate with R&D Team members and partner functions to design, develop and execute new winning products, processes and packages
  • Represent, advocate and influence on behalf of R&D in cross-functional Project meetings internally and externally and ensure alignment on project deliverables, actions standards and timing
  • Complete proper Knowledge Management throughout the project lifecycle at the appropriate stages and maintain all product development records for intellectual property protection
  • Leverage internal and external networks to progress projects
  • Key partner with cross functions to drive pipeline development and execution Provide insight into the pipeline development via a thorough understanding of the consumer, ingredients and process functionality.
  • Ensure that all project work is within the governance of our Internal Change Management System.
  • Manage, Coach and develop direct reports and junior R&D Team members


  • Care about our mission and see it as a “personal” problem to be solved professionally.
  • A Msc or Phd in a relevant scientific discipline, Food Science, Food Engineering, Chemistry or similar
  • 10+ years experience working in Food Product development and commercialisation with a diverse industry technology background, increasing responsibilities and complexity.
  • A minimum of 4 years in a leadership position managing consumer products, packaging and process/technology development in food companies
  • Experience working with external manufacturers and partners is a benefit
  • Dairy and/or alternative protein industry experience is a plus
  • Fluency in English language is a must
  • Ability to thrive in a diverse, dynamic team
  • Self-starter that is naturally curious and enjoys working in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to continuously challenge assumptions to seek innovative solutions. Results oriented
  • Developer of people; builds team spirit; faces difficult situations with tenacity and calm
  • Excellent project management and coaching skills
  • Good strategic skills; good analytically – can see underlining or hidden problems and patterns
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral. Strong influencing skills. Ability to develop and maintain strong personal networks both internally and externally
  • Comfort around ambiguity and change
  • You are a Good Rebel


We are good, non-conformist rebels: we question the status quo and reject “that’s the way it’s always been done”, therefore promoting constant change. We look for the greatest positive impact on the planet, and we know we have the power to create a new reality.

We are owners, so we take initiative and bring solutions to the table. We are humble learners and know that being under construction is fine. We help each other grow through feedback. We are always trying to improve, and we share what we learn with others through uncompromising transparency and vulnerability. We value other points of view because we know that a diversity of opinions makes us greater.

We think big and bold and are always looking for the “WOW” in everything we do, and we work to exceed everyone’s expectations (colleagues, customers, consumers, and society).

None of this would make sense if we didn’t enjoy the journey. We smile and celebrate every day because we are passionate about our work and our mission.


To make this world a better place is hard work, so we support our Dream Team with:

  • Limitless professional development at Europe’s fastest-growing company in its category
  • Culture of freedom, responsibility, and constructive feedback
  • An entrepreneurial environment that encourages innovation
  • 22 regulatory Spanish holidays + 5 extra ones!
  • Flexible working environment
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Fresh fruit, healthy snacks, coffee and tea
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Discounts on Heura’s products
  • Flexible retribution
  • Access to an online well-being and therapy platform
  • After-work gatherings every month and other cool company events


Diversity and inclusion are important to us, and we’re constantly working to improve these aspects. At Heura, we don’t just accept our differences, we fully support and celebrate them.

We’re committed to equal opportunity employment regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, or gender identity or expression. We strive to be an equal opportunity workplace.