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Research & Development Director-Poultry-ELK00086 – Elk River, MN


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Position Purpose:

The Global Species Research & Development Director (RDD) is responsible to serve as champion of developing/delivering new products, services, and solutions within their assigned specie(s). This candidate will be responsible for maintaining a lead technology position in the industries we serve through leadership in the efficient execution of the project portfolio in alignment with priorities set by the Strategic Marketing and Technology Team.

Principal Accountabilities:

Technology Offering & Portfolio Development:

·         Partner with species/additive Marketing and Technology Directors to determine people, assets and activities necessary at the global, regional and local level to successfully execute the species strategy.

·         Serve as a member of the Global Species/Additive Strategy Team.

·         Drive the innovation process based on strategic filters put in place by the Species/Additive Strategy Team. This includes shared accountability with the Species Marketing Director and the Species Technology Director to insure the innovation pipeline has sufficient projects in order to achieve growth targets laid out in the Species/Additive Strategy and that these are aligned with the growth targets laid out in the global BU strategies.

·         Shared accountability with the Species/Additive Marketing Director and the Species Technology Director to monitor the financial results of projects rolled out from the innovation pipeline.

·         Monitor emerging trends in science to efficiently identify potential disruptive technologies for the species and recommend projects to the Strategy Team leveraging these insights and maintaining CAN in a leadership position in technology.

Develop New Products, Services & Solutions: Portfolio Execution

·         Lead Species R&D Team to insure effective and efficient development of new and novel products, services and solutions in alignment with priorities established by the Species/Additive Teams.

·         Accountable to understand and, in turn, leverage the resources/capabilities of Cargill to help advance teams in the areas of conceptual modeling, experimental design, biological modeling, and, ultimately, technology development.

Talent Development:

·         Develop and recruit talent needed for the R&D Team, globally and in the region. Lead the R&D specie(s) team to align roles with needs of the business as defined by the portfolio. Develop and maintain knowledge map for specie(s) and CAN and fill gaps in knowledge through new hires, connections with academia and partnerships with suppliers.

Connectivity with Cargill R&D Job Family:

·         Co-lead annual Business Technical Alignment Plan development and serve as member of appropriate Core Technology and Enabling Sciences teams.



·         MS Degree in Animal Nutrition or closely related scientific discipline

·         5+ years industrial or academic experience in poultry nutrition

·         5+ years of experience leading a technical team of at least 5 scientists

·         Strong desire to understand not only the principles of nutrition but also the application of those principles in a global business

·         Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, influence and collaboration in a decentralized organizational structure

·         Strong communication skills (English) both oral and written

·         Experience in different global regions

·         20-30% travel (including international travel)


·         10+ years industrial or academic experience in poultry nutrition

·         Experience in leading a team operating in multiple cultures

·         Background or experience in nutrition, physiology, immunology or other related area of science


Cargill is an EEO/AA employer.


Research and Development

Primary Location

US-MN-Elk River

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Job Type



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