Lead Protein Scientist ??? Legumes or Dairy

West Midlands Region
75000.00 - 95000.00 GBP Annual + GBP75000 - GBP95000/annum + great corporate benefits
13 Apr 2018
11 May 2018
Contract Type
Lead Protein Scientist - Legumes or Dairy
Location: UK (East Midlands) or USA (Texas) - relocation is available
Salary: GBP80-95,000 + great benefits

Our Client is seeking a Senior Principal Scientist to join their Global R&D team to create and lead a new strategic capability to support their breakthrough agenda.
You will create novel protein science and technology insights, generated from a deep understanding of their current and future ingredients. You will build new internal capabilities within R&D to understand these materials and how they impact on, and create opportunities for, novel consumer experiences and unlock new intellectual property opportunities and sustainable growth for the organisation globally.
The Protein Science team will also look to create new raw material streams across a range of crop types and more functional specialised protein ingredients.
Working seamlessly with other Global R&D Function Teams to develop a robust innovation pipeline, you will also need to build an extensive network of external strategic partners to initiate and deliver short and longer term applied research activities with a diverse range of institutes, universities, material vendors and food-bio-tech groups.

The role:

Establish, lead and integrate breakthrough protein platform initiatives resulting in advantaged raw materials through the development of specialist protein knowledge resulting in new protein-rich ingredient & raw material streams.
Collaborate with internal Functional and Strategy teams, and External Innovation partners to rapidly discern, advance and combine inputs to create differentiated, proprietary ideas.
Partner with Product Discovery and Development teams to build product innovations that are aligned to the Category strategic priorities that are unlocked through new ingredient functionalities and new protein-rich crops.
Partner with Process Discovery and Development to unlock novel process technologies through new material understanding and transformations.
Identify and build strategic partnerships with external cutting-edge ingredient science and technology leaders and synthesize learnings into transformative, advantaged idea streams for R&D.
Define for Global R&D food category the new protein-rich ingredient capabilities that will enable a shift to breakthrough, transformative product platforms, product forms and consumer experiences.
Partner with the Measurement Science groups to ensure that suitable capacity and capability is in place, new ingredient and bio-polymer analytical and characterization methods are in place (internally and externally) globally.
Build rudimentary examples, culinary prototypes, and/or white papers to demonstrate, in a compelling way, the readiness and potential of new ideas to developers.

The person:

To be successful in this role you will need to be an experienced R&D leader with a proven record of successfully delivering an innovation agenda, preferably on breakthrough science and protein / ingredient science and technology innovation. With a proven ability to operate at the early stage of the product development lifecycle, you will be adept at navigating ambiguity, and through natural intellectual curiosity your ideas will bring scientific solutions to our innovative pipeline creations.
Minimum Bachelors degree but ideally PhD or MSc in a suitable and relevant discipline (eg Protein Chemistry)
Significant experience in at least either (ideally both) Food & Beverage, and Food Ingredients (B2B or B2C).
Proven experience in the development and application of Protein and Ingredient science across a range of food applications.
Excellent leadership, communication, talent management and interpersonal skills to build a global organisation and industry credibility.
Solid network of leading academic and industry specialists.
Excellent understanding of broader business drivers with ability to demonstrate business acumen and experience partnering with senior business leaders across key functional areas both inside and outside of R&D organization
Results oriented people leader with strong verbal and written communication skills to influence senior leaders, ability to create vision and articulate fact based information into simple actions
Excellent leadership, communication, talent management and interpersonal skills to build organization and industry credibility

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