Director, Research & Development
1150 Illinois Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
We’re Endless West, makers of molecular spirits. Our small, independent team of scientists, sommeliers, writers, chefs, and dropouts is creating the next generation of wine and spirits. Our work has already attracted significant interest from a range of people — whiskey enthusiasts, scientists, members of the culinary world, creatives in design, technology, and fashion — across the country. And we’re just getting going.
We’re relentlessly curious, optimistic enough to run after ambitious ideas, and skeptical enough to analyze every angle and consider every option. We support each other as colleagues and care about each other as people, believing that the health of our business can be measured by the health of our team. We are obsessed with leveraging scientific learning, creative storytelling and business expertise to explore the limits of what’s possible.
Everyone is welcome at Endless West. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized, or underrepresented groups to apply.
About the Role
This role will lead an R&D team that will support the company’s growth objectives with a focus on innovation, quality, and industry-leading product development. This position plays a strategic role in leading and managing an R&D team in all facets of development, quality assurance, and ensuring the R&D budget objectives are met while maintaining a strong and competitive innovation portfolio. The Director is responsible for departmental oversight including identification, development, and launch of successful new products. The position requires a person with exceptional technical knowledge and managerial skills.
You’re highly motivated and experienced enough to hit the ground running from day one. You're inquisitive. You understand which questions to ask, and how to apply sufficient scientific rigor to answer them. You aren’t afraid to articulate ideas and you aren’t afraid to be wrong. A startup work environment appeals to you. You’re able to laugh at yourself.
ResponsibilitiesLead the product development process from ideation to commercialization, working closely with sales, marketing, and ops teams to bring new products to the market Create and manage innovation pipeline of new products and oversee product lifecycle managementAbility to cultivate a collaborative environment with different product teams and mentor more junior team members to help them grow as scientists and contributors Oversee scale-up processes to bring lab scale products to market, which are stable, cost effective, and organoleptically similar to bench-scale samples Manage and scale process innovation to improve our core technologyManage a small but growing R&D organization to keep timelines and strategically allocate resources across multiple projectsAbility to balance both long term research initiatives and top line revenue driving product developmentLead the team with passion and integrity, intellectual curiosity, and humility Ability to maintain processes and systems to ensure developmental successRequirements5-10+ years in an R&D management positionExtensive knowledge of spirits and alcoholic RTD categoriesProject management skills: Demonstrated ability to push projects over the finish line, planning and persistent execution; ability to align resources and seek input of key stakeholdersFundamental knowledge of beverage processing technologiesUnderstanding and maintenance of quality protocolsAbility to venture out in the unknown People management skills: Demonstrated history of developing individuals and fostering collaborative work environmentUnderstanding of the cutting edge of analytical chemistry and ability to realize that knowledge into product developmentUnderstanding of sensory science and its role in decision making processAbility to help bridge the gap between analytical chemistry and product development furthering our pipelineWhy Endless West?
We’ve got the standard benefits…
- Medical, dental, and vision
- Commuter benefits/401K/FSA/DCFSA
- Unlimited PTO
- Ambassador’s Program ($250/quarter to purchase Endless West products)
- Competitive compensation, including equity
…and the uniqueness of our culture to offer you...
- A small, collaborative team. We don’t believe in hierarchy for hierarchy’s sake.
- Smart, friendly colleagues.
- Actual autonomy and agency. We choose empowerment over micromanagement.
- A team that values EQ as much as IQ.
- A team that values hard work but believes in the importance of self-care and taking meaningful breaks.
- An environment that encourages empathetic debate. We state cases, defend positions, argue productively, and make decisions together. We don’t have any issues with being wrong. People’s opinions are actively sought out and valued.
- An environment where we not only acknowledge the hard work and successes of our teammates, but also celebrate them.