Director, R&D and Innovation

PureField IngredientsKansas City, Missouri | November 22, 2021

The Company

PureField Ingredients produces quality food ingredients and biofuels from pure, natural Midwest grains under the Heartland brand. PureField operates two integrated plants in Russell, Kansas, including the largest vital wheat gluten manufacturing facility in North America, delivering high quality, high protein ingredients to leading consumer food and pet food manufacturers. PureField also converts production byproducts into animal nutrition products that are high sources of protein and fiber.

The Role

PureField Ingredients seeks to double the size of the business in the next few years via strategic acquisitions, capacity expansions, new product introductions, and investments in carbon sequestration. As part of this investment, PureField seeks to hire a Director, Research & Development / Innovation to provide strategic leadership for the company’s R&D direction and execution.

Experience & Requirements

• 10+ years of experience in R&D, product development and/or innovation in the plant protein industry.
• Proven track record of successful product implementation from concept to commercialization.
• Industry leading understanding of ingredient functionality, product evaluation, health and nutrition, food manufacturing processes, microbiology, quality assurance principles, and market research practices.
• Hands on experience in applied technology “at the customer” a plus.
• Working knowledge of product development protocols, including formula development, testing, specifications setting
• Understanding of Quality and EHS standards in the food industry: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Safe Quality Food (SQF), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).
• Ability to influence project teams and drive business strategy.
• Ability to respond to changes rapidly and effectively in project scope and focus.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, complex projects with overlapping timelines.
• Strong problem solving and analytical skills in support of metrics-, data- and process-oriented objectives.
• Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal and presentation skills; comfortable and credible with both internal stakeholders and external audiences.
• Strong business and project leadership skills; assertive and diplomatic, able to manage up and down the organization with influence, willing to hold others accountable.
• Superior project timeline development, risk assessment, and prioritization skills.
• Highly organized and detail-oriented with a strong action bias.
• Ability to travel to facilities in Russell, Kansas.

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