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Team Leader Food Science - Dairy R&D – Arden Hills, MN


Requisition Number: 230

Job Title: Team Leader Food Science - Dairy R&D

Function: Research and Development

Position Location: MN-Arden Hills-4001

Territory (if applicable):

Dairy Foods Business Unit: Land O'Lakes Dairy Foods division is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the United States.

Position Purpose: This individual will lead and develop a group of Sr. Scientist, Scientist and Technologist. Has strong technical and leadership approach to achieve tactical and strategic project/business objectives. Works with the R&D Director to develop technical/business/ resource evaluation for research project plan. Leads the team in conducting research by utilizing experimental method (design, procure, prepare, conduct, record, interpret report) with formulation and processing knowledge. Coordinates project activities, has responsibility of timelines (early alert & proactive solution of issues); evaluates progress and leads team members towards the achievement of tactical project/business objectives; Serves as the key R&D liaison to Retail Food business and effectively communicates results to marketing managers and senior level management as appropriate; documents research processes; and proactively seeks to improve processes. Drive the key technology platform projects with innovation of new ideas to deliver incremental volume and cost savings for the Division.

Required (Basic) Experience & Education: MS in Food Science, Dairy Science or BS Chemical Engineering from an accredited university with a minimum of 5 years experience in the food industry.  Solid understanding of Food Science principles, in-depth technical knowledge of food formulations and processes, ingredient functionality; and the ability to develop flavor systems. Knowledge of product/process/package interactions, manufacturing processes, finished product applications; food processing and a good understanding of experimental design principles are also required.

Required Competencies & Other Skills: Proactive leader that can achieve results through cross functional teamwork with internal and external resources. Strong Team Management skills. Strong planning and organization skills; ability to manage multiple projects with rapidly changing priorities-strong project management skills; focused to achieve customer expectations. Excellent, communication/interpersonal skills with technical/business partners/customers and the ability to achieve accelerated time tables while maintaining cooperative working relationships. Strong impact and influence skills. Proven technical problem solving ability.

Preferred Experience & Education: An advance degree such a PhD in Food Science or MS in Engineering with more than 5 years of experience in dairy manufacturing is preferred. Customer-centric in nature with strong technical and leadership skills and experiences. Proven track record working with business leaders.
Supervisory management experience is preferred.

Preferred Competencies & Other Skills: Customer-centric in nature with strong technical depth and leadership experiences.

Percentage of Travel: 20-30%

Land O'Lakes, Inc. offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement savings account, tuition reimbursement, PTO, paid holidays, and employee development opportunities. Land O’Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Land O’Lakes,Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.


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