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Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Manager - Solon, OH


Nestle USA



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Because our focus is not only on nourishing our customers, it’s about enriching you!

Position summary:

The RSA Manager based in Solon, OH leads a team of Specialists supporting primarily the Nestle Professional business and is part of the Nestle’s RSA Leadership Team. He/She is responsible that the Nestlé Regulatory & Scientific Affairs strategy is consistently implemented in the team. He/she assures, together with relevant other functions, early and effective regulatory assessments in Innovation & Renovation leading to compliance by design of ingredients, labels, claims and communications in the area of responsibility. He/She proactively engages internally, with Global Regulatory & Scientific Affairs in Switzerland, regulatory experts in Nestle R&D, and externally with US regulatory authorities, selected trade associations and other stakeholders, as appropriate.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Right people in the right job: Attract and develop required capabilities to deliver upon one, several or all regulatory strategic functions (Foundation, Compliance, Active Innovation & Renovation, Advocacy) in the area of responsibility
  • Build a winning, objectives-driven team, thinking and acting ‘people’ first: Ensure, through mentoring and training that the regulatory team demonstrates entrepreneurship and business partnership
  • Ability to work within cross-functional teams e.g. Marketing, Technical Application Group, Quality, NHW, Legal and Public Affairs to support innovation and advocacy projects
  • Ensure compliance of ingredients, labels, claims and communication with external regulations and Nestle Standards. Ensures all claims are appropriately substantiated and documentation maintained
  • Systems and workflow: Ensure robust and flawless approval processes for labeling and communication material (Label-D, Devex)
  • Issue Management: Fast and reliable issue resolution (corrective and preventive processes and actions) in area of responsibility; brief senior leadership ahead of Issues Round Table
  • Advocacy: Supervises the development of new and proposed regulations and enforcement activities impacting the use of ingredients, safety, labeling and advertising and new business models in foodservice and retail
  • Ensure the team contributes at the right level externally in industry groups and engaging with authorities and leaders with vision at US and to a certain extent, international level.


Anticipated Travel: 20% (predominantly US)

Requirements and minimum education level:

  • Requires BS/BA, preferably in nutrition and/or food science or legal, MS/MA preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge of the US food regulations; of other markets is an asset
  • Core knowledge of Nestle business strategy,
  • Good knowledge of Nestle organization (Markets, Zones, Strategic Business Units), policies and instructions related to regulatory



  • 10+ years experience in the food industry, primarily in regulatory affairs, regulatory compliance, nutrition or product development, with significant direct experience with FDA and/or USDA
  • 5 – 7 years experience leading direct reports



  • Acts conclusively and ahead of issues, and anticipates for the long term
  • Experience in effective networking across functional boundaries and externally
  • Improves overall department efficiency by encouraging team working behaviors across boundaries
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills, including influencing & negotiation skills, and an ability to communicate regulatory & technical issues in lay terms.
  • Trusts his/her own capacity to face critical situations and is ready to face any challenge.
  • Keeps all relevant people informed to improve team efficiency, and leads the team to success.
  • Supports others in their development and crafts a positive environment for long term development and growth
  • Gives a personal and original view to solve a problem, explain a given situation or create an opportunity
  • Challenges the status quo and promotes change


In addition the incumbent will have excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills



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