R&D Project Manager, Global Dairy Platform
Location:
Barrington , Illinois
Posted:
February 08, 2017
Reference:
104057BR
Global Collaboration & Program Execution:
  • Lead R&D related activities for M&A initiatives across Nutrition corridors.
  • Collaborate with global R&D teams to promote information sharing and technology transfer across geographies
  • Advocate for R&D with the Global Marketing team and translate business needs to the Global R&D team driving for alignment of objectives and commitments
  • Partner with Global Marketing to develop efficient & scalable global rollout strategies for key innovation projects
  • Develop optimal product development plans and align functional resources across different R&D teams for execution of global projects
  • Lead projects teams focused on key initiatives requiring a global solution

R&D Capability Building and Support Planning Process:
  • Collaborate across R&D to develop business processes that drive increased efficiency and improved project execution - Regions, Functional Capabilities, Nutrition Sciences, Regulatory etc.
  • Develop M&A best -practices to ensure consistent approach and clarity of roles and responsibilities within R&D
  • Identify and sponsor research activities that create technological and intellectual property advantage, including coordinating clinical studies with Nutrition Sciences
  • Coordinate the Intellectual Property Program for the Global Dairy R&D Platform
  • Perform long term assessments, using several foresight and insights inputs: R&D technology capabilities, market trends, consumer insights, competitive environment, horizon scanning etc., to develop category knowledge that creates business opportunities that support the company's strategic business plans (Dairy)
  • Represent R&D on core cross functional innovation teams to build the global innovation pipeline, leveraging R&D capabilities to enhance product concepts and provide technical insulation
  • Support development of cross category platforms that extend beyond dairy.
  • Collaborate with the Technology Applications team to identify & develop competitive solutions for the platform that provide competitive advantage and insulation
  • Perform global portfolio analysis and collaborate with R&D Region teams to develop roadmaps for portfolio transformation - PWP, PQP, Renovation to meet brand equity
  • Provide inputs to the R&D Strategy team to support development of the annual operating plan and the long term strategic growth plan


Qualifications/Requirements

  • Education: B.S. in Food Science & Technology, Food Engineering or related scientific field, Masters preferred
  • 8+ year experience industry in Food industry
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with and lead global cross-functional teams
  • Detail oriented individual with strong analytical skills and the ability to translate fragmented pieces of information into a cohesive business plan / recommendation
  • The ability and interest to work in laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing scale environments.
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Willingness to travel


Relocation Eligible

Not Eligible for Relocation

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