The Product Development Specialist - Nutritional is responsible for creating new products within the iHerb House Brands. This position identifies vendors to work with in creating new products, product lines and maintaining current product portfolios. Responsible for ensuring product design is consistent with market trends, business strategy and ensures product quality and efficacy. This position will manage multiple, complex projects and drive outcomes and optimal results.
Build strong strategic relationships and maintain effective communications with suppliers
Work with strategic partners to identify novel ingredients, products and formats for a category
Continuously growing supplier base and capabilities
Evaluate supplier core competencies and competitive positioning, to drive strategic sourcing goals
Work with procurement and marketing to generate new ideas and sourcing options
Execute initiatives with our suppliers to ensure product quality and efficacy
Understanding industry domestic regulations (FDA, OTC, 21CFR) and global regulations that could impact our products. Understand manufacturing practice and quality management requirements
Establishes regular communications stream and follow-up with all team/project members
Partner with Marketing and iHerb (marketing and purchasing) to develop new products to evaluate. Suggest new product ideas/ingredient suggestions
Build awareness and communicate emerging trends in the marketplace regarding demand for key ingredients - any potential sourcing supply issues due to global market place
Evaluate market and supplier information regarding the potential impact of material changes.
Provide this feedback to be able to maintain a consistent supply to avoid market price fluctuations
Prepare product formula documentation to send out for quotation and support communications with contract manufacturers during the quotation and development process
Ensure formulations are high quality, cost effective, efficacious and meet brand guidelines
Create Lines of product for future platform growth in key consumer need state areas
The duties and responsibilities described above may provide only a partial description of this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all aspects of the job. Other duties and responsibilities not outlined in this document may be added as necessary or desirable, with or without notice.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong analytical, data management knowledge
Ability to communicate written and verbally in a professional manner with people at all levels of the organization and external contacts
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Experience with Google Business Suite (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms) preferred
Generally, requires three (3) to four (4) years of relevant industry experience in R&D, manufacturing, product development and/or regulatory affairs. Project Management skills required.
Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Food Science, Pharmaceutical Science or related field preferred, or a combination of education and equivalent work experience
At iHerb we strive for innovation, targeted at delivering a customer-centric experience while transforming the online shopping experience. We change direction and define ourselves in the idea that individually we are incredible but united our growth is infinite and paramount to our success. iHerb strives to be the global industry leader!
iHerb is 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, disability or veteran status. iHerb provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment.