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Senior Application Specialist - Meat/ Meat Alternatives

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Job ID 121286 Date posted 05/25/2021 Location : Vilvoorde, Belgium

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 food ingredients and bio-industrial business, where we anticipate trends around taste, nutrition and safety to innovate and provide solutions to manufacturers, retailers and foodservice companies.


Job Purpose and Impact

The Senior Application Specialist – Meat/ Meat Alternatives will coordinate, align and innovate by exploring, developing and implementing new and existing products within the meat alternative category. In this position, you will provide technical expertise to new product development for product line growth and technology/process development for the creation of new capabilities. This position identifies and implements technical solutions against business goals.

Key Accountabilities

  • Identify product growth and new product opportunities, modifying plans to meet opportunities across our meat alternative product offering.
  • Stay current with literature and analytical advancements and works with independently on daily tasks.
  • Provide technical leadership in product and process development and improvement, quality systems, and regulatory oversight.
  • Develops and implements innovation roadmap market plan(s) including market and innovation plans aligned to the business strategy.
  • Work with cross-functional teams (marketing, insights, sales, ops, food safety quality and regulatory).
  • Collaborate with research and commercial brand to develop short and long-term testing programs for experimental and commercial products and hybrids.
  • Partner with sales, business management, and marketing partners to identify customer needs and translate these into new product development opportunities.
  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of four years of related work experience
  • Experience working in a meat and/or meat alternative manufacturing environment
  • Previous experience working with vegetable proteins
  • Demonstrated financial and business acumen
  • Experience working successfully in a matrixed organization
  • Experience working within cross functional project teams

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master's degree or other post-secondary degree
  • Tech-savvy and comfortable with evolving business-critical technology
  • Strategic thinker with ability to build effective plans to support strategic initiatives
  • Prior experience in product management
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