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Job ID 211665 Date posted 06/20/2022 Location : Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 155,000 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

Location : Wolverhampton, UK (WV9 5EU) – Hybrid working can be discussed 

Cargill’s European protein business is a leading supplier and innovator of further processed chicken products for retail, food service and food manufacturing customers. This key position in our R&D Team will lead a small team of Food Scientists to define and deliver new products, existing product improvements and innovation through deep technical partnership with a key strategic customer. You will partner with Commercial and Marketing to ensure a compelling and proactive pipeline of product innovation.


Highly competitive salary plus comprehensive benefits package including car/car allowance contributory pension, private healthcare, and performance related bonus.

Key Accountabilities

•    Ensure customer acceptance by applying product technical leadership into submissions of product innovations to meet the key performance indicators of product superiority, consumer experience, launch timing and cost
•    Partner in a collaborative manner with key cross functional teams to align on customer and product sales, marketing, finance, manufacturing and supply chain, food safety, quality and procurement strategies and create technical product solutions to deliver against these strategies
•    Apply research, interpretation and application of consumer and industry trends by managing product design resources and leading innovation with internal and external suppliers in exciting new product concepts, samples and prototypes to ensure compelling and proactive pipeline of product innovations
•    Use Project Management approaches for the end to end development process 
•    Champion manufacturing and quality initiatives through product recipe or formulation modification to best drive safety, quality and capacity
•    Develop and deliver in person or virtual technical product innovation workshops to showcase creative recipe or formulation development
•    Provide leadership to further develop the product research and development teams including advancing capabilities and business impact and build the regional and global community to increase organizational agility
•    Coach and mentor a small team of R&D Professionals 



•    Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific or food technology subject or demonstrated equivalent experience 
•    Proven experience in a food manufacturing NPD/R&D Environment – either for QSR, Retail or private label 
•    Able to effectively engage other departments and stakeholders across a matrix organisation  
•    Experience successfully bringing new products, upgrades and cost / improvement initiatives to market through an agile project management approach


•    Experience with Meat/ Poultry products 


Our Offer
We provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

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