PB Careers: Director, Chewy Brands R&D

Director, Chewy Brands

Chewy – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Our Opportunity:
Chewy is looking for a Director, Consumables Product Development to join our exciting and fast-paced Chewy Brands team in Dania Beach, FL. We’re growing and if you are equally passionate about creating industry-leading brands, this opportunity at Chewy might be a great match! In this role, you’ll lead the Research and Development Team responsible for creating innovation and driving growth for our consumable Chewy brands. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record of developing pet food and treats, strong technical and nutritional skills, and ability to work in a fast paced product development environment with cross-functional teams.

What you’ll do:

  • Create, design and develop our private label pet food and treat products by collaborating with cross-functional team members (Supply Chain, Category Management, Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Marketing) as well as our manufacturing partners.
  • Lead the creation and execution of a multi-million-dollar new product pipeline
  • Use strong business skills to appropriately scope the technical development of pet products as well as drive innovation for the company.
  • Manage and communicate technical complexity and project updates with external partners and within inter-departments.
  • Deliver project success with the agreed upon metrics including cost, aesthetics, technical feasibility, commercial feasibility, and consumer acceptance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and resolve various project challenges with the support of cross-functional team members.
  • Ability to track and manage timelines with external partners and within inter-departments.
  • Ensure the commissioning process is successful during the launch of new products.
  • Accountability will include formulation analysis, sourcing and recommending ingredients, interpreting nutritional results, setting up and interpreting feeding study results, evaluating statistical analysis, assessing process integration and co-packing feasibility, ensuring products are developed within nutritional regulatory and QA/Food Safety guidelines, ensuring product stability and conducting shelf-life testing.

What you’ll need:

  • This position requires a BS/MS degree in a science field (e.g., Food Science, Meat Science, Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Packaging, etc.) or equivalent experience in the industry.
  • Depending on degree type/level, required minimum relevant experience will range from 10 to 15 years
  • Strong professional and academic networks in the field of pet food or human food.
  • Knowledge of USDA, FDA and AAFCO regulations as they relate to standards of identity, ingredients, nutrition labeling and label claims.
  • Strong scientific knowledge of meat science principles as they relate to meat processing: kibble manufacturing, wet food manufacturing, treat manufacturing – freeze dried, jerky, biscuit, dehydrated, etc.
  • Department/functional management experience
  • Multi-functional team leadership and project management with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to drive process improvement
  • Willingness to seek professional growth and development as the scope of the position increases
  • Demonstrated integrity, maturity, professionalism, and sensitivity Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • May be required to travel up to 40%.


  • Consumer product goods, e-commerce or retail experience preferred


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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.