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Innovation Director, Meat Industry

Job Category:  Marketing
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Lenexa, KS, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  620

Corbion develops sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations.


As Strategic Innovation Director, Meat Industry at Corbion, you will play a strategically important global industry-facing role, tapping into your scientific network, and years of launching new solutions to create and implement an Innovation Strategy aligned with the Industry strategy to grow the company’s meat and poultry business. You’ll be part of a global team of scientists, technologists, and business functions working together in a dynamic culture unlike any other. At Corbion, company leadership is accessible and collaborative, every day is different than the next, diverse career paths are possible, your voice counts and your work is what matters most. In short, Corbion is a place where insightful, creative and results-driven people can make a meaningful impact in the food industry and in everyday lives.


The role


Corbion Food has 3 industry segments: Bakery, Meat, and Sweet & Savory.  The Meat segment is focusing on ingredients for Processed meat, Harvest Intervention and Petfood.  The  Strategic Innovation Director, Meat Industry will contribute to the development, communication and execution of a Meat strategy as part of a cross functional industry team.

 The role will be measured on pipeline development and conversion to running business, annual revenue, and margin. The Strategic Innovation Director will work with established marketing, product management, market management, regulatory and Innovation (RD&A)  teams and needs to manage these resources against the agreed plans.



  • Pre-Pipeline and Funnel Management (idea generation).
  • Translate the industry strategy into a strategic RDA plan to execute on the initiatives (regionally and globally) to ensure success.
  • Develop a balanced portfolio of projects, which support both the short term and long term business strategy.
  • Work as the liaison between the industry core team, the local RDA teams  and the central RD&A.
  • Establish KPIs and ensure project quality by challenging RDA site directors on methodology, testing plan development, results interpretation, etc.
  • Work with Business Development Managers,  external ingredient companies, associations & universities, and other groups to strengthen our solutions toolboxes and joint development partnerships.
  • Establish and implement external technology vetting process, and recommend technology to pursue.
  • Represent Corbion at scientific meetings with industry and customers, i.e., be the technical “face” of Corbion to industry



  • Masters or equivalent scientific experience in meat; PhD preferred but not required.
  • Strategic Business Acumen: MBA or equivalent (e.g. >10 years' experience in senior business development, RDA, and/or marketing  roles).
  • Existing business relationships within meat industry.
  • Up to date working knowledge on innovation processes and project management, including awareness of business model development tools and open innovation partnership management.
  • Open and easy communicator: Able to listen well and work together with sales, marketing, operations, customers, application, product development and food micro.
  • Strategic thinker with experience developing long term business plans.
  • Self-starter: Able to initiate projects and bring new ideas into the organization.
  • Team-player: Builds on expertise of others, and is able to connect the dots.
  • Customer focus, drive for results/can-do mentality: Work with high motivation and passion to deliver results.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills: Work successfully in cross-functional teams and Matrix work environment.
  • May need to travel overnight 30-40%.




About Corbion

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. Our sustainable ingredient solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. With a worldwide network of production facilities, sales offices and agents in more than 100 countries, Corbion is known for quality, product innovation, and customer orientation, as well as for its collegial, informal and results-oriented company culture.


Corbion is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workplace.  All applicants will be considered equally without regard to race, color, ethnicity, veteran status, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an organization or any other non-merit factors.


Corbion provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Corbion Human Resources department.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.




Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

Nearest Major Market: Overland Park
Nearest Secondary Market: Kansas City

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