Job Reference Code: WP-1117
Job Title: Director R & D
Location: KS/MO/OK/AR region
Salary: $130-140,000 + very nice bonus potential
Last Updated: 02/18/2020
Our services have been retained to recruit a DIRECTOR OF R & D for a small but rapidly growing division of a multi-billion dollar international food & consumer products manufacturer. Position reports to the Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Technology. Position open due to retirement. Located in small KS/MO/AR/OK region community within commuting distance of city of roughly 150,000 (great quality of life, good schools and universities, low to moderate cost-of-living and many beautiful outdoor recreational activities).

This position will lead and direct the development of new and existing food ingredient products to meet company’s growth initiatives. Innovation is a strategic focus for both product categories and this role will focus on driving this within the central R&D function. This will require: technology exploration, validation and effective project management skills, in-depth technical knowledge of food ingredient functionality, manufacturing processes, ingredient application laboratory skills, and the ability to work effectively with a multi-functional team and other professionals. The current technology platforms our client plans to develop and grow are protein and flavor. This candidate will need to demonstrate both technology and business acumen and to compile in-depth assessment and evaluation of new technologies (including return on investment), drive a robust technology project pipeline that aligns with customer, market and industry trends and value added growth initiatives. This position will support the business goals and strategic direction for new product development through ideation, research, development and innovation. The role will require people management skills and will have oversight for both internal and external R&D resources. Will directly manage one person and lead cross-functional teams.

Key Challenges:

? Driving innovation and new product development from internal and external resources to help fulfill company’s strategic plan ? Exploring alternative approaches to product and process development to deliver higher margin new product opportunities ? Identifying solutions for improved product performance and address unmet customer and market needs. ? People management and effective oversight across client’s internal R&D, external R&D resources and budget spending



• Bachelor of Science (BS); e.g.: Chemistry, Food Science and Master’s Degree (MS, MBA) is preferred; Food Science, Food Processing and or Chemistry • 15 years minimum experience in the areas of research, innovation and or application development for Food Ingredient or Processed Food Manufacturing Company – preference for poultry or pet food experience • Ability to effectively analyze data and to effectively communicate that data and its implications through verbal, written and graphical means.

Salary in the $130-140,000 base range plus a potentially very lucrative bonus/profit sharing program, competitive benefits, relocation assistance and exciting challenges. This is immediate need! Please send resume if any questions or interest. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!

Wade Palmer Wade Palmer & Associates, Inc. 417-889-3434 – off 417-860-5607 - cell