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
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.