Purina R&D Manager, Companion Animal Research
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. With an uncompromising commitment to animal excellence, Purina Animal Nutrition conducts industry-leading R&D initiatives that create and sustain a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Species served by Purina Animal Nutrition include both large and small animals, including cattle, horses, swine, chickens, hamsters, gerbils and rabbits. Headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.
The Companion Animal business comprises a group of products that are sold to customers who own animals as part of their lifestyle. Species/Animals include: Poultry, Goats, Sheep, Rabbits, Wildlife including Deer, Game Birds and Fish, all Show Animals and a variety of pet animals.
The successful candidate will lead and conduct research to support the development of new products and programs resulting in significant gains in margin and/or customer base (tons) in Purina® Companion Animal feeds. This position will work very closely with the Director of Companion Technical Innovation, the Research Group at the farm, theCompanion Technical Solutions Team,Marketing and Sales. Specific responsibilities include
Develop nutritional feed research projects, write protocols, oversee research trials and write final reports with primary focus on ruminant species
Disseminate research findings to internal personal and provide recommendations based on findings.
Generate test diets for animal feed research projects.
Generate insights and ideas for new product development.
Supervise and manage an established team of research technicians who conduct the research and care for the animals
Set up, run, and manage budget for research trials on and off site.
Assist Marketing and Sales teams in product launch when required and work through Technical Solutions team to provide needed research results for launch and supporting materials.
Build and maintain a strong network of researchers in academia and private facilities to expedite completion of outside research testing needed to accomplish research goals.
Demonstrate excellentcollaboration skills and an ability to foster and maintain relationships at all levels of the organization.
Experience & Education (Required):
PhD in Nutrition (monogastric or ruminant), or equivalent with companion animal emphasis required, 3 years of experience demonstrated ability to develop and leverage collaborative relationshipsin a matrix organization and 2 years experience in a people leadership role.
Competencies & Skills (Required):
Excellent problem-solving skills. Strong communication, planning & organizational skills.
Strong technical skills in research on animal health and nutrition, strong networking skills, strong team skills, ability to influence, excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to work on and prioritize multiple projects
EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled. Land O’Lakes, Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.
Research and Development
Yes, 25 % of the Time
Jul 12, 2018