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RD&A Director, Pet Food

Requisition ID 13430
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Research and Development 
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Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Where you'll work

This role will work from our facilities in the Greater Atlanta Area.  We bring the largest and most comprehensive range of taste and nutrition solutions to the growing pet food market.  Our portfolio of clean label preservation, palatants, emulsifiers, broths and nutraceuticals enhance the nutrition and palatability of pet food.  We partner with our pet food customers to develop nutritious food, that pets enjoy.

What you'll do

The RD&A Director will be focused on Kerry’s Pet Food portfolio and we will count on you to be the subject matter expert in support of the commercial and marketing organizations.  With this role, there is full responsibility to pro-actively partner with sales leaders to support technical discussions with customers, drive the advancement of the technology, and collaboratively develop business case for technical innovation. 

  • Actively engage in strategic customer activities (across multiple technologies) in a cross functional team setting.  Manage technical projects across those same teams.
  • As the subject matter expert for products and technology sold into Pet, provide technical input to the Sales function, in support of commercial success linked to various technologies.
  • Continually and pro-actively partner with sales leaders and various levels of stakeholders to help drive collaborative innovation, solutions for our customers, and the advancement of projects.
  • Lead design of experiments for product development and technology assessments.
  • Provide support to customer manufacturing plants in processing our ingredients.
What you'll need
  • Master’s Degree required, PhD in Food Science or related discipline preferred.
  • 10-12 years progressively responsible in related technical or R&D roles within a pet food company. Experience leading an R&D group is preferred.
  • Experience using experimental design as a tool for problem solving
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to explain technical information and data to support sales propositions.
  • Experience integrating products into manufacturing processes.
  • Have a working knowledge of the regulations in the Pet Food industry and has experience solving technical problems within stated boundaries.  Has experience working with the regulatory function in a matrix organization
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with various levels of stakeholders, including VP/Director levels at customer organization


R&D Manager, Pet, Pet Food, Research Manager, R&D Director, Director, product development, scientist

6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .                                                                                                         

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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