Senior Program Manager, Product R&D

  • Impossible Foods
  • Redwood City, CA
  • Jul 30, 2020

Job Description

Impossible Foods is addressing the most catastrophic threats facing humanity: climate change and biodiversity collapse. A global transition to a plant-based food system will turn back the clock on atmospheric C02 levels, restore natural ecosystems and reverse meltdown in wildlife biomass.
The easiest -- if not only -- way to make our civilization sustainable is to eliminate livestock, the most dangerous technology on Earth. But humans won’t give up meat. So we need to make meat better -- more delicious and more nutritious, without animals as the underlying production technology. That means that making meat sustainably is the most important and urgent problem for the global scientific community.
Impossible Foods' mission is to completely replace the use of animals as a food-production technology by offering consumers everything they currently value about animal products -- and making products that are vastly superior to their animal analogues.
To do this, we are taking a revolutionary scientific and market-based approach. We are inventing efficient, sustainable ways to transform ingredients from plants into meat, fish and dairy foods that deliver all the pleasures and nutritional benefits consumers demand, without the destructive environmental or public health impact.
Our world-class R&D team has been building the know-how and technology platform to produce meat, fish and dairy foods from plants. Impossible Foods is experiencing rapid growth and is resolutely committed to leading all aspects of the plant-based food revolution—from discovery to commercial production. The only thing that will separate Impossible Foods from success and failure is our ability to recruit more world-class experts.
Want to join? Check out the job openings and requirements below:
We are looking for an experienced, motivated and mission-aligned Sr Program Manager to join the Product Innovation Department - an interdisciplinary team of designers, scientists, engineers, and chefs. We are looking for a person with experience at balancing strategic planning with operational execution. You will be a leader and facilitator, who thrives by creating systems, excels at summarizing information for decision-making, identifies creative solutions for road-blocks and enjoys working with technically minded people. 

You Will

  • Construct and set up new systems to improve our ability to innovate, solve problems and communicate
  • Keep evolving our systems and platforms as we grow and our needs change 
  • Turn conceptual ideas into organized plans, perfecting the details and tracking execution 
  • Work directly with Product R&D leaders to manage priorities, execute essential tasks, track goals, and maximize effectiveness 
  • Engage in strategic planning and research
  • Create systems for communicating within and between teams 
  • Build systems for storing and sharing knowledge to speed up innovation 
  • Lead critical cross-functional initiatives
  • Monitor internal team projects and cross-functional projects to keep teams connected
  • Focus resources on speeding up delayed or high-risk projects
  • Jump in and get hands dirty when a quick response is needed
  • Highlight problems, risks and opportunities, and help to create response plans and communicate decisions across the organization
  • Summarize technical results for cross-functional communication
  • Setup team programs, such as learning sessions, on-boarding, and hiring pipelines

You Have

  • BA/BS degree or higher
  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Training in a technical field or strong demonstration of working side by side with scientist and or engineers to solve problems 
  • Experience in BizOps, Strategy, Project Management, Product Management or similar 
  • You are imaginative yet decisive -- curious about everything but remain focused
  • Resourceful, can-do problem solving attitude
  • High degree of maturity with excellent judgment
  • Excellent communication and will thrive in a diverse and dynamic team 
  • Calm and deliberate demeanor in stressful situations
  • Strong listening skills
  • Ability to concurrently manage and prioritize many critical projects
  • Skilled at balancing strategic planning with operational execution
  • Knowledge of business operations and fundamentals
  • Experience managing fast-paced projects
  • Experience summarizing technical information and data management
Impossible Foods Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to  race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Food & Agriculture

Climate Solutions

Plant-rich Diet

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