Cognitive Health Specialist, Core R&D

Job Purpose and Impact

The Cognitive Health Specialist, Core R&D, is responsible for building, executing & maintaining global research and development projects that shape understanding of ingredient/product opportunities and needs in the area of cognitive nutrition, as well as projects that target the development of products to meet those needs. In this role, you will translate business objectives into scientific research programs, coordinate internal & external resources to conduct research work, and ensure that market and technology opportunities are understood and prioritized, and customer and innovation needs are efficiently and effectively met.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and maintain strong connections to relevant Cargill business partners in the Specialized Nutrition category
  • Conduct and coordinate internal & external activities to assist the business in understanding technical & commercial needs in the areas of cognition, cognitive health, gut-brain axis and other relevant areas of scientific discovery
  • Define a portfolio of scientific & product development opportunities that meets identified needs
  • Conceptualize, plan & execute relevant internal & external preclinical & clinical work directed towards substantiation of identified health benefits & health claims
  • Provide thought leadership in the areas of cognition & cognitive health and independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition or related scientific discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in nutritional and health-related scientific research with an emphasis on cognition & cognitive health
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in nutrition, bio-medical or related scientific discipline
  • Minimum 8 years experience in the CPG(consumer packaged goods) or the food industry in relevant segments/categories, with demonstrated experience & expertise in cognitive health & nutrition
  • Demonstrated experience with organization & oversight of clinical trials & product claim substantiation
  • Experience in collaborating with academic and other knowledge institutions
  • Proven portfolio management experience, including gate review team/portfolio review team participation
  • Experience with leading research in a multi-national/cultural matrixed organizational environment.
  • Experience in managing and developing high-performing teams and leading change

The Offer

Cargill provides a fast-paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. Competitive salaries and benefits are offered combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

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