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I have a final round interview for an R&D strategy manager role this week for a big food and bev company. Interviewing with 4 people, 2 of which are heads of engineering. Any advice for what to ask them?

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Interesting, I’m so curious what does an engineering team do in food and bev? You can ask about food trends they’ve seen over the years (better for you, no sugar, all natural etc) and their takes on that. How cross functional business partners collaborate at the company, how COVID has affected their business by channel (convenience/gas, grocery, club/mass), plans for e-commerce (oh is that how engineering comes in...?)

I’m guessing these are chemical engineers that are working on food & bev r&d? If so id ask about their development process. What are the main technologies used for the various product lines? What are the biggest engineering hurdles? Are there processes or technologies that competitors have that would be interesting from a BD perspective? If they are more focused on mechanical engineering, I’d ask them about the equipment used in production. Are there any constraints within existing mfg lines that could impact strategy? I might ask about reliability engineering and if there are issues with capacity? Take this with a grain of salt as this is coming from someone who has worked with lots of Heads of Engineering in Pharma but no experience in food and bev! Good luck OP!

Thanks so much, both! Yes, they are food and bev engineers and also engineers who work on the equipment to make the food / bev in store.

Best of luck! I work at a huge food and bev manufacturer too but rarely interact with R&D so you may disregard my input haha.

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