Sr Director - Bakery Science & Innovation

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Employer Provided Salary: 137,440-240,520 Annually
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Dawn Foods is a global leader in bakery manufacturing and ingredients distribution. As the partner of choice for inspiring bakery success, we help customers grow their business through meaningful partnerships, research-driven insights and innovations, and products and expertise they can depend on. As a family-owned company, our commitments to our people, products, customers, and corporate values, are all part of our recipe for success.
Why work for Dawn Foods?
Why should you apply? We invest in you!

  • Industry-leading health insurance on Day 1!
  • Competitive Pay
  • 401(K) + company match
  • 10 Paid Company Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Professional training
  • Family-owned business with over 100 years of service.
  • An opportunity for career advancement, working as part of an empowering workforce .

Job Purpose and Overview
This position is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of key Bakery Science activities within Dawn Foods as well as the execution of long-term Regional Innovation. In addition, this role will be expected to coordinate with the Global Innovation team to ensure that North America is participating in the right Global Innovation projects as well as aware of what innovations are being worked in the other regions (Europe and LATAM) and create prioritization for what can be leveraged back to NA. Additionally, this position is responsible for core Bakery and Ingredient Science at Dawn including Process Engineering R&D.
This role expects that they will help transform Dawn's understanding of the science of baking, ingredient science, processing capabilities, as well as the interaction between ingredients and equipment. This should be focused on creating value through this scientific understanding, allowing us to create a competitive advantage in the market. This position is also responsible for the supervision and development of several food scientists and process engineers.
This is a remote position with up to 20% travel.
What You'll Do as a Sr. Director of Bakery Science and Innovation at Dawn Foods?

  • Leads the long-term innovation process for Dawn North America.
  • Develop new methods and tools to enhance and integrate emerging technologies into new and existing products creating meaningful differentiation in the market.
  • Proven leadership, communication, and diplomacy skills necessary to effect evolutionary change in Dawn.
  • Developed people leader who motivates teams and individuals.
  • Solid business acumen to be able to translate technology possibilities into opportunities for Dawn.
  • Creates and maintains methods for establishing project priorities, defining metrics, and tracking project progress.
  • Maintains and evaluates a comprehensive list of innovation opportunities and technology advancements.
  • Provides guidance and support for team member's development including individual development plans and performance reviews.
  • Creates accountability around solid scientific processes with the ability to teach these to other functions.
  • Ability to enhance the Science of Baking at Dawn and scientific understanding of our ingredients and processes.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally to aid in a variety of projects (quality issues, capital execution, supply chain constraints, cost reduction opportunities) using solid scientific understanding and processes to allow for non-obvious solutions.
  • Ability to understand and leverage the interaction between our capital equipment, manufacturing processes, and ingredients to control finished product outputs, quality, and performance.
  • Understand and promote the philosophies and policies of Dawn Food Products, Inc. supporting the Circle of Excellence.
  • Other duties or assignments as needed.

What Does It Take to be a Sr. Director of Bakery Science and Innovation at Dawn Foods?
Below are the minimum qualifications to be a fit for this job.

  • A bachelor's degree in Food Science, Material Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or similar disciplines and 8+ years of relevant experience


  • Master's degree in Food Science, Material Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or similar disciplines and 6+ years of relevant experience


  • PhD in Food Science, Material Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or similar disciplines and 4+ years of relevant experience.
  • Proven track record with a minimum of 2 years in people management (developing, coaching, mentoring, directing) and budget management.
  • Experience with using a full range of statistical and analytical tools and fundamentals.
  • Ability to be self-directed, forward-thinking, and make complex decisions that drive business performance.
  • The ability to leverage external networks to build a pipeline of emerging technologies.
  • High level of business acumen to understand which technologies apply to Dawn and how to create meaningful value through these technologies.
  • Demonstratable ability in sound scientific processes
  • Experience in Processing R&D and the interaction between ingredients and processing technology and its impact on finished goods performance.
  • Experience in ingredient technology and/or processing is desired.
  • Working in B2B, CPG, or other food background desired.

Physical Demands & Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a Team Member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • The normal setting for this job is an office environment or work-from-home office with up to 20% travel.

Note: The level of physical effort may vary from site to site and in some cases be greater or lesser than documented here
Compensation Range:
$137,440- $240,520 with bonus incentive
An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, citizenship status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other status or condition that is protected by applicable law.
Requisition ID: 35775
An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
Date: May 10, 2024
If you need accommodation for any part of the employment process because of a disability, please send an email to [email protected].

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We are a few blocks from South Station and High Street Place Food Hall. Plus all of the other great amenities of Downtown Boston abound

An Insider's view of Dawn Foods

What’s the vibe like in the office?

People in our team are energetic and enthusiastic about what we are building, and also willing to work together, share feedback, and be flexible to make things happen. We are heavily outcome driven. Overall, the vibe is really positive and I enjoy working here.

FIona Wu

Product Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

We are building a B2B eCommerce business within a leading global company.  Our Digital Innovation Hub in Boston is the focal point for this huge change management initiative.  We have complete autonomy.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.  And everything we do going forward will be a first for the company (and maybe our industry)! 

Bob Howland

Chief Digital Officer

What makes someone successful on your team?

The Boston office is a start-up. Our team is collaborative and works in an agile approach. There is a constant exchange of ideas, tactics, best practices, designs, and how we serve our customers best. Anyone that embodies these characteristics and can empathize with customers will be successful within our team.

Gireesh Sahukar

VP, Digital

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Everything the team is working on will directly impact the future of Dawn. We are building tools that will transform how team members and customers interact with the brand. Having a direct impact on the future of a company that has been around for more than a century is a unique and exciting opportunity that I am lucky to be part of.


Director of Digital Delivery

What is your vision for the company?

Digital is our future. Our digital team continues to deliver exceptional solutions that exceed our customers’ expectations. We are leading the industry with an experience that provides our customers with everything they need to find products and inspiration to grow their business.

Carrie Jones-Barber


What are Dawn Foods Perks + Benefits

Dawn Foods Benefits Overview

Dawn leaders and the Jones family are proud to provide exceptional benefits for Team Members and their families. We continue to invest in our people to make Dawn a great place to work. Our competitive benefits help ensure we can attract and retain top talent, helping drive our future success. Some of our benefits are:

Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
We commit to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace driven by our diverse perspectives and unique backgrounds.
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
The benefit programs have a diverse offering to meet the needs of Team Members across the U.S
Mental health benefits
We have a robust well being strategy.
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
On Bonus eligible positions.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Fitness stipend
Dawn Foods reimburses up to $250 per person per year or $400 per family on gym memberships. And $600 per person per year or $1200 per family for weight management.
Professional Development
Tuition reimbursement
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

Dawn is committed to provide Team Members with the resources, benefits, and tools to be successful. We have been recognized as an innovator for our rewards programs over the last few years and we believe we have good rewards programs. We are one of the first companies in the nation to offer an emergency savings program as well as an advocacy/wellbeing model for our Team Members and our dependents.

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