Leprino Foods

Manager, R&D Test Kitchen

Job Locations US-CO-Denver
Requisition ID
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Posted Date
2 weeks ago(4/2/2021 12:19 PM)
Category (Portal Searching)


Leprino Foods’ history dates to over 65 years ago, when the Leprino family first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in Denver. We’ve grown a bit since then. Today, we are the largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose in the world, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by the Leprino family, we’ve set our sights to become the “World’s Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company.” To help us achieve that ambitious vision, we’re looking for our secret ingredient: motivated individuals who are the absolute best at what they do. From three people in a small cheese shop in the early 1950s, we have grown to over 4,300 employees throughout our 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?


For our Denver corporate headquarters, we are seeking a Manager, R&D Test Kitchen. The Manager, R&D Test Kitchen is responsible for the efficient operation of the Product Applications Test Kitchen through the effective management of resources. This includes people development within the function, including hiring and promoting for success, technical and leadership development, performance management, organizational planning, and coaching their team on the effective evaluations of products. The Manager, R&D Test Kitchen supports the entire Global Quality, Research and Development division through the effective evaluation of products (cheese and whey) for specified functional attributes. This position leads a team of 8-12 Technicians and Associate Scientists assuring product evaluations are done in a timely and accurate manner. This position has a strong knowledge of our products, product requirements, and the customer application these products are used under. In addition, this position ensures smooth and accurate evaluations of products so that product acceptability can be determined against defined product specific performance requirements.   


We Ask Of You To:


  • Manages staff and departmental resources to ensure the completion of assigned projects and routine deliverables are met in an efficient, effective and timely manner.
  • Accomplishes staff results by communicating job expectations; hiring and promoting for success; appraising job results; training and coaching employees; developing and enforcing policies, procedures, and productivity standards.
  • Identifies and monitors key performance indicators for department such as: quality of customer service, staff proficiency, dependability of results, and plant support.

Test Kitchen

  • Oversees the effective management, organization, and utilization of resources in the Product Applications kitchen through planning, scheduling, validation, and communication of finished product testing.
  • Manages kitchen efficiencies and structure.
  • Ensures the evaluation methods being provided are accurate and being followed.
  • Schedules the use of the Application Kitchen resources.
  • Keeps the Product Applications Test Kitchen fully stocked, cleaned and organized to company standards.

Prevents Problems Before They Happen

  • Prevents Problems Before They Happen through training, continuous improvement and root cause analysis activities.
  • Identifies opportunities before they become a problem focusing on root cause analysis and preventative action.
  • Develops formal standard operating procedures used to train staff and plant personnel when new processes or formulations are created.
  • Works closely with internal customers to ensure that food safety is being designed into new products and processes; and that all regulatory, labeling, and import requirements are met; and that LFC products and ingredients have robust specifications that our processes are capable of meeting.

Return on Investment Capital (ROIC) Improvement

  • Improves the Company ROIC via increased productivity, asset utilization, waste reduction and margin enhancement.



A chance to be part of a global team of individuals passionate about producing and delivering high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Leprino Foods could not be where it is today without our incredible employees. That is why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring great people who are in it for the long run is our goal. Through competitive salaries, tuition assistance, vacation, holiday, dedicated sick time, matching 401(k), annual merit increases and bonuses, as well as our annual Profit-Sharing plan. Your impact will be noticed and rewarded, as you seek to further our company, our customers, and one another.


You Have (Mandatory Qualifications):

  • Bachelor's degree in food technology, food science, dairy science, microbiology, or chemistry
  • At least eight years of experience in an institutional kitchen
  • At least two years of leadership/people development experience
  • At least three years of food manufacturing, product development or quality assurance experience in the dairy segment
  • Experience with Stage Gate and project management principals
  • Proficient with Microsoft suite (especially Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint & Word), and general computer skills; SAP preferred


At Leprino Foods, starting compensation for this role typically ranges between $95,009.20 and $114,011.04.

Leprino Foods Company utilizes the services of Psychemedics to perform our Hair Follicle Drug Testing.  Additional information about this process can be obtained at www.psychemedics.com


Leprino Foods requires all individuals to wear the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as required by the role and location.


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