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Product Innovation Lead

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Job ID 154506 Date posted 10/06/2021 Location : Wichita, Kansas | Plymouth, Minnesota

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 protein and salt business, where we provide wholesome, high-quality food products to a wide range of customers, from foodservice operators and grocery stores to manufacturers and exporters.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Product Innovation Lead will lead the vision and champion the product innovation pipeline and commercialization of customer solutions with technical, marketing and commercial leaders. In this role, you will identify and execute business innovation growth projects and lead, prioritize and report on the innovation portfolio. You will provide industry leading expertise to develop  solutions for the jobs to be done. while coaching and executing business innovation strategies, and novel testing techniques.

Key Accountabilities

  • Partner collaboratively with relevant stakeholders to build an innovation pipeline aligned with business growth strategies and report on innovation earnings, supporting business case development and delivery and managing innovation project technical expenses.
  • Develop and foster strong customer relationships at key accounts and identify customer needs and market opportunities to facilitate go to market plans with new and existing products and solutions.
  • Design and lead research projects and support minimum viable proposition (MVP)  ensuring projects are appropriately resourced and executed.
  • Collaborate with marketing, consumer insights and research and development and in sales to develop insights and identifying and delivering solutions.
  • Ensure a safe working environment and compliance  for product safety.
  • Provide expert thought leadership in your field and work with limited direction, using additional research and interpretation to identify issues or problems. You may provide direction to supporting team members and be a strategic contributor.
  • Other duties as assigned

This position can be located in either Plymouth, MN or Wichita, KS at a Cargill Food Innovation Center



  • Bachelor’s Degree OR Equivalent Experience
  • Minimum of six years of related work experience
  • Ability to travel up to 25%


  • Master's degree or PhD in a field related
  • Experience building customer relationships with external and internal partners
  • Animal protein product research experience
  • Innovation yellow-belt certification
  • Experience in design-thinking
  • Customer facing technical development experience
  • Project management experience

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

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