Director of New Products

San Francisco Bay Area

About Us

Brightseed believes that food should nourish. We believe that plants have the answers to many diet-caused chronic illnesses and we have built the tools to find them. Using machine learning to bring nature’s intelligence to life, we discover naturally occurring compounds with proven clinical benefits for health and incorporate them into everyday foods.  Magellan, our first major discovery, helps restore metabolic health especially benefiting those individuals at heightened risk for developing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

At Brightseed, we are committed to achieving transformative results with a team-first mentality. Above all, we seek team members who are truth-seeking and trusting. This means we hold ourselves and each other accountable in our quest for groundbreaking knowledge. We are also a highly collaborative team that prioritizes shared goals over individual tasks. As such, we share workload, information and feedback generously and look out for each other’s wellbeing. Ultimately, we realize that achieving our purpose of improving lives through nutrition will take our collective intelligence and efforts.

Our founders have a distinguished, 30+ year track record in groundbreaking scientific research and translation of discoveries into commercially successful products.

About You

You are an accomplished and experienced business unit leader or product manager who relishes the challenge of launching a transformative new product. You will be responsible for taking Brightseed’s first discovery, Magellan, to market as a key ingredient in partnership with food, beverage or supplements companies. In this role, you will own the product concept, define consumer and channel market messaging, drive commercial terms, establish pricing strategy, lead partner discussions and manage the growth of the business line once it is established.   

By leading the commercialization of Magellan you will not only be responsible for the success of a single product line, but you will also write the playbook for commercializing the series of Brightseed discoveries that are coming down the discovery pipeline.

In particular, you will:

Define target Magellan consumers and market channel influencers

  • Dive into market research to define the target consumer that benefits from Magellan’s health properties, as well as the health care professionals that guide and influence them

  • Identify claims that the target consumer desires, and work with our Medical Affairs team to incorporate them into product messaging, designing the relevant pre-clinical and clinical trials roadmap

  • Create material that conveys Magellan’s benefits to the target consumers and health care professionals who recommend health and wellness products

Define go to market strategy

  • Research the ingredient, food and beverage market landscape to identify target product development partners to take Magellan to market

  • Perform and maintain updated competitive landscape analyses to determine our key points of differentiation

  • Create and manage a pipeline of potential partner conversations

  • Capture all findings and progress in compelling slides to support business development and financing activities

  • Negotiate collaborative development terms with potential product development partners

Create a compelling ingredient and product

  • Define Magellan’s target ingredient and product functionality parameters, in conjunction with our Process Engineering and Medical Affairs team

  • Execute proof of concept tests to validate functionality, consumer response and preferences, technical scale up process, etc.

Manage Magellan P&L

  • Define pricing of ingredient and IP royalty terms, working in conjunction with our Process Engineering team and counsel

  • Project manage product development collaborations with key partners

  • After a successful launch in partnership with a dietary supplements or food and beverage company, chart the growth for the Magellan business line


  • 10+ years’ experience taking innovative products to market preferably in the ingredient, nutrition, dietary supplements, flavors and fragrances, food and beverage industries

  • Proven track record in establishing successful commercial partnerships

  • Deep knowledge of the food industry players and dynamics

  • Domain knowledge and experience with products that deliver health benefits

  • Nutritional education or R&D experience a plus

This role will report to the Co-founder and COO.

Brightseed offers competitive compensation, employee benefits along with an attractive equity package commensurate with candidate qualifications.

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