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R&D Manager, Yasso

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Englewood Cliffs, NJ
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Summary of Role

Founded in Boston in 2009, Yasso is a pioneer in convenient frozen snacks, offering a high quality range of low-calorie yet indulgent products. Yasso will join the other premium brands in our North America portfolio including Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum and Talenti. Yasso’s products respond to the growing demand in North America for on-the-go, healthier and indulgent frozen snacks.

This is an exciting new role to join the Ice Cream team to lead or newest brand! Reporting into the Associate Director R&D NA, this person will be tasked with delivering the R&D program for Yasso. This includes continuing integration of recipes and processes into UL systems, compliance and regulatory checks, claims assessments, innovation, ingredient harmonization and fuel for growth.


  • Lead the ingredient and recipe integration workstream for Yasso ingredients into UL systems (PLM)
  • Lead regulatory and compliance assessments for all Yasso products along with claim substantiation
  • Lead and develop the ingredient harmonization and fuel for growth roadmap for Yasso
  • Support the insourcing of skus into UL IC factories
  • Lead 2025+ innovation funnel development
  • Line management of WL1 scientist role supporting the Yasso R&D program

Requirements & Qualifications

  • A deep knowledge of and passion for product design and creative product development
  • Understanding of scale-up and operational implementation
  • Excellent communication and project management skills
  • Time management and priority setting
  • A collaborative mindset: the success of this integration requires strong collaboration across UL IC teams as well as Yasso CMs
  • Professional networking and stakeholder management, external focus
  • Bachelor of Science in food science, engineering or equivalent degree.
  • Relevant experience in Ice cream development is desirable
  • Ability to present information to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Working knowledge in specification creation, approval and costing.

Primary Stakeholders

  • Unilever Ice Cream Leadership Teams (BG & BU)
  • Yasso Leadership Team
  • Functional Integration Leads
  • Post-Merger Integration Team
  • Corporate functions (e.g., Operations, HR, Finance)

Key Success Measures

  • Collaboration with both UL and Yasso teams
  • R&D and project tasks delivered OTIF
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management

Travel required Y 10%

Pay: The pay range for this position is $98,300 to $147,500. Unilever takes into consideration a wide range of factors that are utilized in making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, qualifications and education, and other business and organizational needs.

Bonus: This position is bonus eligible. Long-Term Incentive (LTI): This position is LTI eligible.

Benefits: Unilever employees are eligible to participate in our benefits plan. Should the employee choose to participate, they can choose from a range of benefits to include, but is not limited to, health insurance (including prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage), retirement savings benefits, life insurance and disability benefits, parental leave, sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, as well as access to numerous voluntary benefits. Any coverages for health insurance and retirement benefits will be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans and associated governing plan documents.


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. 

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

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