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Cargill Research and Development Innovation Manager in Wichita, Kansas

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.


The Research and Development Innovation Manager is responsible for leading the day-today activities of the Cargill Protein Foodservice Research and Development Innovation team and will be a member of the Protein Research and Development leadership team and the Protein Foodservice leadership team. In this role, you will ensure that projects are delivered within agreed timelines and budgets are managed by translating customer and market needs and manufacturing process improvement opportunities into innovative products and process solutions.


  • Build a high performing, highly engaged Research andDevelopment Innovation team focused on product and process developmentteam to create vision, strategic workforce planning, talent development,succession planning, organizational development, engagement,communication.

  • Provide leadership and advisory on how to execute ourinnovation portfolio and product line architecture.

  • Responsible for the successful completion of selectedprojects within Cargill Protein Research and Development Innovationportfolio according to agreed business objectives, time frames andbudgets.

  • Initiate and monitor the execution of customer andmarket led innovation projects for Cargill Protein Foodservice.

  • Participate in technology scouting and providingtechnology leadership and advice to internal and external customers.

  • You will develop plans and deliver results in afast-changing business and/or regulatory environment while leading anddeveloping a team of experienced professionals and supervisors exhibitingauthority for talent management decisions related to hiring, performanceand disciplinary actions. You will also coordinate subordinate managersand supervisors in selecting staff to align with current and future needsof the organization.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of six years of related work experience


  • Demonstrated effective portfolio and project management skills

  • Three years of supervisory experience

  • Expertise in animal protein and/or food industry

  • Demonstrated ability to develop customer relationships and trust through technical knowledge and expertise

  • Experience leading a technical team with staff from multiple locations and disciplines

  • Ten or more years in research and development, meat science, food technical services, applications or a similar discipline

  • Advanced degree (Masters or higher)

  • Food and/or meat scientist experience in new product development

  • Commercialization of new products, and/or research

  • Previous new product innovation strategy development

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

At Cargill, everyone matters and everyone counts. Cargill is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. As such and in alignment with our Guiding Principles, Cargill's long-standing equal employment opportunity policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, family status, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, union affiliation, or any other status protected by law.

Cargill also complies with all applicable national and local laws and regulations pertaining to non-discrimination and employment.

Notice to Recruiters and Staffing Agencies: Cargill, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Cargill”) have an internal recruiting department. Please review this notice.

US Employment Resources: Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.