Sr Scientist/Project Leader/Director, Next Generation Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

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About the job

This is an exciting Scientific growth opportunity within an ultra-innovative category defining plant-based foods and nutritional products company with new research labs and expansive growth plans. You will be charged with overseeing new product development & innovation for a new line of vegan plant-based meat and seafood alternatives from product launch through to commercialization activities. Your overall roles and responsibilities will include:

– Overseeing Product Development and Innovation to introduce, develop, launch and commercialize all-natural vegan plant-based meat, poultry, fish and seafood alternatives

– Partnering with marketing, scientific and technical core team members to define project scope, success criteria, and critical paths while maintaining Stage Gate methodologies from innovation, R&D, process scale up, sensory testing, product launch through to successful completion of post-launch reviews.

– Understanding and leveraging the nutritional impact value of products, interpreting results and working with Marketing to further product development efforts.

– Driving Scientific Marketing campaigns through content creation, PR campaigns and writing for scientific whitepapers and informational documents.

– Effectively communicating scientific and technological concepts to technical and non technical audiences at multiple levels through a variety of mediums to enable sound business decisions.

– Driving the success of Business Operations through forecasting, budgeting, P&L accountability, development of KPIs and e-commerce analytics.

– Serving as member of the company’s leadership team overseeing and developing the emerging Health and Nutrition Science Division.

Desired Skills and Experiences:

– 3-5+ years of successful product development and marketing experience from within plant-based meat and seafood alternatives and or food-pharma related industries.

– MS or Ph.D. in Food Science, Nutritional Science, Nutrition or related scientific field. MD or MBA a plus.

– Scientific/ technical nutritional product development and product innovation experience.

– Successful experience building early stage plant-based meat and seafood alternatives, meatless foods, vegan foods, natural foods, plant-based foods, nutraceutical, nutritional products into category market leaders.

– Project Management experience developing plant-based meat and seafood alternatives or vegan meatless food products from discovery, R&D, development, product launch through to commercialization phases.

– Process Innovation expertise working with aggressive Stage-Gate methodologies.

– Scientific and technical expertise working with plant-based meat technologies and processes including heme, fermentation, leghemoglobin, cultured koji, soy proteins or protein isolates.

– Experience developing clinical trial protocols, scientific studies and laboratory testing methods which support marketing claims.

– Strong publication, patent and presentation record.

– Experience working within FDA, GMP, HACCP and CFR compliance.

– Entrepreneurial, visionary and strategic leadership experience with the ability to work within a dynamic fast paced ultra innovative environment.

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