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Nutrition Specialist, Core R&D

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Job ID 290174 Date posted 04/29/2024 Location : Plymouth, Minnesota | Wayzata, Minnesota Category  RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Job Status  Salaried Full Time

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s animal nutrition and health business, where we improve lives through better nutrition. Our team researches, innovates and creates solutions that deliver healthy results for our customers.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Nutrition Specialist, Core R&D, will build, execute & lead global R&D projects relevant to healthy aging/adult nutrition and the immune system, including medical & sports nutrition, and how these relate to a variety of health conditions, health benefit areas, and categories. The Nutrition Specialist, Core R&D, is responsible for building, executing & maintaining global research and development projects that shape understanding of ingredient/product opportunities and needs in healthy aging/adult nutrition & the immune system, as well as projects that target development of products to meet those needs. In this role, you will translate business objectives into scientific research programs, coordinate internal & external resources to conduct research work, ensure that market and technology opportunities are understood and prioritized, and customer and innovation needs are efficiently and effectively met. ​

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and maintain strong connections to relevant Cargill business partners in the Specialized Nutrition and other businesses to conceptualize, plan & execute relevant internal & external preclinical & clinical work directed towards substantiation of identified health benefits & health claims
  • Conduct and coordinate internal & external activities to assist the business in understanding technical & commercial needs in the areas of healthy aging/adult nutrition & the immune system and target health benefits areas and other relevant areas of scientific discovery
  • Define a portfolio of scientific & product development opportunities that meets identified needs, and provide specialized knowledge & thought leadership in the areas of healthy aging/adult nutrition & the immune system
  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Biochemistry, Biology OR related scientific discipline
  • Minimum of four years of related work experience
  • Demonstrated experience in nutritional and health-related scientific research with an emphasis on healthy aging/adult nutrition & the adult immune system
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Nutrition, Biochemistry, Biology, OR related scientific discipline with strong foundations in healthy aging/adult nutrition & the adult immune system
  • Minimum eight years’ experience in the CPG (consumer packaged goods) or food industry in relevant segments/categories, with demonstrated experience & expertise in healthy aging/adult nutrition & the adult immune system
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluating & summarizing scientific literature in the field of healthy aging/adult nutrition & the immune system
  • Demonstrated experience with organization & oversight of clinical trials &/or product claim substantiation 
  • Experience in collaborating with academic and other knowledge institutions 
  • Proven portfolio management experience, including gate review team/portfolio review team participation
  • Experience with leading research in a multi-national/cultural matrixed organizational environment.
  • Experience in managing and developing high performing teams and leading change


Position Information

Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.

Position location PLYMOUTH - MN

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Minnesota Sick and Safe Leave accruals of one hour for every 30 worked, up to 48 hours per calendar year unless otherwise provided by law.

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