The Director of Research & Development is responsible for all research, product development and formulation activities in Kemin Food Technologies (KFT) from conception to commercialization. This position reports directly into the President of KFT North America.
The position establishes the scientific and strategic basis for KFT research and development in the human food industry and is responsible for setting the strategic direction for product development and commercialization activities in conjunction with the marketing, regulatory and business development functions. The role of the product development and commercialization function is to combine strategic foresight in developing solution-based products as well as being nimble enough to respond quickly to industry needs.
This position also acts as the lead commercialization scientist for the application of new molecules that are identified, developed and commercialized via the Product Innovation Process (PIP). New products, product improvements and product troubleshooting are all subject to the PIP to ensure efficient utilization of resources, economical manufacturing and successful commercial introduction. All research and product development activities must meet the Kemin Vision and Mission and achieve the Kemin values in meeting and exceeding customer expectations, while understanding our technology at the molecular level.
Lead the team in identifying new research areas for development of new and existing products
Focus and prioritize core business projects and assume responsibility for their success in the Product Innovation Process
Support sales and technical services with customer visits (in-person and remote)
Develop strategies; establish tactics and priorities and implement plans for successful completion
Coordinate novel research to identify new opportunities as well as support the improvement and application of current products
Provide leadership to the research department
Assure quality testing procedures are in place and cooperate with manufacturing in the scale-up of new products
Coordinate Kemin Food Technologies research activities with the research directors and staff in the Kemin business units
Coordinate the documentation of research results through internal communication systems
Motivate, develop, and train research staff to achieve their personal goals as well as KFT strategic objectives
Represent KFT to Kemin management in a manner that creates confidence and support
As a Kemin team member, you’ll receive…
A competitive financial package- in addition to your salary, we offer an uncapped bonus opportunity, 401k match program, and paid vacation and holidays.
Robust health and wellness support- we are proud to offer a fitness reimbursement (for your whole family!), an on-site fitness center, restaurant with seasonal fresh food options (and the ability to order food to bring home), and free fresh fruit in break areas- to name a few.
Continued learning opportunities- Kemin offers tuition reimbursement and recently launched a new corporate university with online and in-person training opportunities for growth and development throughout your entire career.
The chance to give back to our world- Through our foundation of servant leadership, we are proud to offer ample service opportunities, including paid time off to do so. Kemin has a valued corporate partnership with both The World Food Programme and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to many local initiatives.
Opportunities to support our valued educators- Kemin is a proud sponsor of the Iowa Governor's Stem Advisory Council where we fund annual teacher's awards. In addition, we have a robust internship and externship program, and frequently host student tours.
Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry or comparable discipline with PhD in Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry preferred.
8+ years of experience leading scientists or R&D teams
Experience in the human food technologies is preferred
Proven track record of accomplishment in product commercialization by developing and taking products based on new technologies successfully to the market.
A business-orientated technologist with a commercialization focus, who is able to provide leadership, set priorities, delegate responsibilities, and meet timetables leading to the attainment of goals.
At Kemin, we are compelled by curiosity.
It is the driving force that pushes us toward our vision of transforming lives. With science as our foundation and an inextinguishable spirit of discovery, we strive to improve life for people, pets, plants and animals. We embrace opportunities that allow us to explore creative solutions for the world’s complex challenges. We look beyond what is—to see what could be.
We are compelled to help keep our food fresher and safer for longer. Across the entire global food supply chain, from meat and poultry to baked goods, our ingredients provide food manufacturers with the ability to produce safe and high-quality food products to ensure that people have the highest quality food products—for themselves and for families around the world.