Job Description

Scientific and strategic Leadership of product development pipeline producing innovative Hygiene, Detergent, Sanitizing and associated products to support the company’s dominant position in the global Dairy and Food processing market. Responsible for the R&D budget, 4 direct scientific positions in the Kansas City R&D and 9 indirect reports. Member of the global Management Team with approximately 200 people within the portfolio. The position reports into the Global VP and will be based in Kansas City.



  • Responsible for the identification, development and readiness for market launch of a long term product development pipeline that:
    • aligns with the company’s equipment portfolio
    • supports the growth of aftermarket business within the company
    • incorporates innovative technologies to maintain the company’s position in the market
    • supports the company’s Sustainability vision
    • meet Food Contact, local regulatory and legal requirements


  • Manage and define the Intellectual property strategy for technologies developed by the R&D team.
  • Lead and continually develop a R&D team to meet demanding objectives to bring new products to a global market, support and service technical support to the market areas and provide technical product  support to 8 global manufacturing facilities
  • Develop, manage and improve upon company processes related to laboratory operations, routine testing, and support of operations and quality assurance to meet company’s global objectives
  • Coordinate transition of projects from research to production and market support.
  • Manages the R&D budget within tight company expectations to deliver products and services that can profitably grow the company
  • Set and exceed internal financial and operational targets including Customer Satisfaction survey and Employee Engagement Survey
  • Maintain and expand networks of scientific resources across the industry and academic institutions
  • Principle responsible to lead the company’s technical image within the company and in front of customer, industry, regulatory and academic bodies
  • Take a full and responsible role as part of the global management team alongside Regulatory Affairs, Product Management and Factory Operations
  • Ensure the R&D team in all its activities comply with Corporate Governance requirements of the company and at all times work in a Safe environment





  • Excellent People Management and Leadership Skills
  • Commercial mindset with regards to product development and providing technical support
  • Team player
  • Self- motivated/Driven
  • Strategic and Operational
  • Flexible in approach to handle an ever changing working environment
  • Reasonably high IT competence
  • Fluent in English
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal
  • Available to travel (up to 35%) nationally and internationally and at ease in a variety of environments such platform speaking, supporting customers in production or farm environments



  • PhD, or at least MSc combined with business qualification in a relevant scientific field such as microbiology, chemistry or biotechnology
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in R&D development leading an industrial team with proven product development successes
  • Have a large and dynamic network of scientific contacts that can enhance your ability in this role
  • Financial experience and competence in managing R&D budgets to bring projects to completion within strict timelines
  • Dairy or Ag industry knowledge an advantage but not essential
  • Working knowledge of ISO 17025:2017 and/or GLP quality systems and advantage but not essential

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