Vice President R&D, Disruptive Innovation

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Job ID: EB-1031956688
Job Title: Vice President R&D, Disruptive Innovation
Location: Glenview, IL

Work for one of NA’s fastest growing companies with a great leadership team, offers employees tremendous opportunities for growth, competitive compensation, and employee appreciation.

Company Information:

  • One of the largest food manufacturing companies in the world
  • $26bn in net sales in 2022. 39,000 employees. 81 factories across 40 countries
  • Over 200 legendary brands including Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Oscar Mayer

We Value and Appreciate Our Employees:

  • Competitive Compensation and Full Benefits
  • Top-notch Executive Health Care Program at no cost to the employee.
  • Six weeks work remote policy (no more than 2 consecutive weeks)

High Level Summary of Your Role with the Company:

This role will be the R&D epicenter of disruptive innovation for our portfolio as well as how we operate with greater agility within R&D. As the VP of Disruptive Innovation and Technical Insights, you will be instrumental in accelerating the innovation agenda for the NA R&D organization. Your teams will have responsibility for leveraging deep culinary knowledge and consumer technical insight research to be the leading edge of the innovation agenda.

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business related field. Graduate degree preferred.
  • 15+ years of progressive success in CPG, but preferably Food & Beverage.
  • Consumer obsessed with a history of success building transformational external partnerships to accelerate the development of new innovation opportunities from dig to seed to grow.
  • Enthusiastic and successful record of success building a consumer-centric culture, high performing teams, and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Results driven with leadership focus on cross-functional alignment and synergistic strategies to maximize efficiencies and acceleration to market.
  • History of success leading and executing complex transformation projects in innovation and business insights.
  • Deep technical expertise in one or more areas such as Product Research/Consumer Insights, Culinary, Packaging, Wellness, etc.
  • Demonstrated strong people leadership skills and success championing culture change (Innovation, Consumer-centric, etc.)
  • A polished and poised business leader with strong influencer skills.
  • Strong people skills and experience working within an agile and matrixed Enterprise.
  • Initiative-taker

For additional information please contact Owen Carryl at Kaye/Bassman. (972)-265-5307 or email