Job Title: R&D Manager Chocolate

Job Industry: Chocolate, Confectionery, Food, Food & Beverages
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Job description:
  • Lead the Technical Service Field team Chocolate on the locations Moeskroen and Berlin
  • Manage and prioritise the project pipeline for customer focused projects in line with the Product Line Business strategy and in cooperation with Sales and Product Line Management
  • Ensure smooth execution of the project portfolio and ensure flawless transfer into production meeting operational standards
  • Identify and understand customer needs and translate these into tangeable innovative product offerings & solutions
  • Identify market trends and transfer these into new opportunities and projects for Cargill in cooperation with Marketing and R&D management
  • Capability building and strategic workforce planning in line with Chocolate strategy
  • Cooperate with and leverage the capabilities of the various Technical Service, R&D and Application teams in Cargill across the various Product Groups
  • Responsibe for the technical management of Key Account customers
  • Develop innovative products and solutions in application area of Chocolate
  • Lead longer term Innovation initiatives and projects for the Chocolate product line
  • Member of the R&D management team of CCC EMEA and contribute to strategy development and execution
  • Build and develop a high performing team that is technically trained and resourced to meet future demands


Principal Accountabilities

20% Business management

  • Build, manage, execute and deliver on a prioritized project pipeline to build and defend value creation to support the Product Line Strategy of Chocolate
  • Translate Product Group Strategy into operational plan for the Technical Service Field team Chocolate
  • Leverage knowledge generated from projects to maximize value creation
  • Contribute to SKU and product portfolio management in cooperation with Product Line management
  • Collaborate within PG CCC, FIBI and function partners to maximize value creation to support the BU&PL strategies
  • Ensure compliance to safety, health, environment, legal and IP rules, processes and strategies


30% Customer partnership

  • Provide technical support to customers to maximize value creation to support the Product Line Strategy
  • Develop the technical customer relationship, including key R&D decision makers, to understand customer strategy and needs and transfer these into tangeable projects
  • Build Customer Development Plans together with commercial and Product Line Management


30% Talent & team management 

  • Lead the Technical Service Field team Chocolate on the locations Moeskroen and Berlin
  • Build and lead own team to achieve a high performance team, including strategic work force planning
  • Ensure team members have a targeted development plan and support them in achieving their goals
  • Attract, select, onboard, develop and retain key talent
  • Develop and support capability building plans for Chocolate PLM to be the recognized industry leader
  • Value and leverage differences


10% R&D leader

  • Develop technical solutions (internal and external) individually and with the team to maximize value creation and to support the Product Group and Product Line strategies
  • Communicate an record knowledge in agreed formats like SFDC
  • Network internally and externally to collect and share common best practices and to leverage technology and knowledge
  • Contribute to the Product Group and Product Line strategies through reporting market and business trends, unmet needs, opportunities and competitive information



  • MSc or equivalent in Food Science & Technology or equivalent
  • 10+ years work experience
  • Demonstrable success as manager
  • Demonstrable success as technical leadership in Chocolate
  • Demonstrabel success with change mngt
  • Experience with project- and portfolio management
  • Demonstrable success in networking/ collaboration/ building relationships (internal and external/ cross functional and multi-cultured teams)
  • Demonstrable success in negotiating matrix organizations  and ambiguous situations
  • Demonstrable success in building competitive advantage through technical capabilities re innovation  and creative solutions
  • Fluent in spoken and written in English. Preferably spoken as well in another business language, preferably French
  • Written and oral communications and presentations
  • Technical reporting
  • Deep technical expertise in area of Chocolate
  • Project management
  • Customer relationship management (internal or external /technical tag)
  • Prioritization and time management (self and team)
  • High performance team management and leadership (including coaching)
  • IP knowledge/awareness


Company description:

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.

Cargill is a unique place to grow your career, your experience and your abilities. Every day, we grow our reputation as a leading international producer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. We take pride in our global reach, ability to contribute, and strong work ethics and values. Founded in 1865, Cargill is a privately held company and employs 155,000 people in 70 countries. Through innovation, creativity and teamwork, we are transforming entire markets and people’s lives worldwide, and we can have the same impact on your career.

Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate offers the food industry a wide range of both standard and customized cocoa and chocolate ingredients to be used in delicious bakery, confectionery and dairy applications all over the world. This with a team of 3,500 passionate cocoa and chocolate experts working in 47 locations. Together, we provide unique knowledge, insights and service across five continents, built on a foundation of 150 years of experience.

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