Director of Nutrition

Posted: June 28, 2021

Position Objective:

The Director of Nutrition is expected to lead and support the efforts of the nutrition and formulation teams, each specializing in their field of animal nutritional expertise.  Each of these individuals are dedicated to innovative product development, nutritional expertise and assist the sales and production teams in product support and on-farm nutrition.  You will work in cooperation with the sales and marketing team, increasing our opportunities to expand our feed business and gain market share, as well as assist in the servicing of existing customers.   In this role, you will lead a talented group of experienced nutritionists and formulators performing in their area of animal expertise.  In reporting to the VP of Sales and Marketing you will play a vital role in the development of our nutrition team and development of future nutritional strategies.

You should be prepared to work in a fast paced, team centered environment, that will challenge you and allow you to use your experience and expertise to develop the company and enhance your continued growth within the animal feed and nutrition industry.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and provide our in-house company nutrition team with overall direction.
  • Manage ration balancing systems selection, guiding training and execution.
  • Manage and oversee company nutrient management and formulation activities.
  • Oversee regulatory functions involving nutrition in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Team
  • Assist in the efforts of meeting or exceeding company sales objectives.
  • Lead and support the ongoing training and development of the nutrition and formulation team.
  • Manage and oversee ingredient selection and vendor relations in collaboration with the Sourcing, Sales and Marketing team
  • Collaborate with Sales and Marketing on Innovation and new product development.
  • Assist the Sales Team on nutrition tools and services training and execution.
  • Manage and oversee Research and Development initiatives including Data & Analytics initiatives and services that support company sales efforts.
  • Collaborate and assist with Pricing and Sourcing teams on best-cost formulation and milling efficiencies.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Team on best quality manufacturing practices and inventory management.
  • Collaborate with Sales and Marketing in on-farm sales support and customer service activities.
  • Evaluate and provide team members feedback on their individual objectives, business priorities and competencies.
  • Assist team members in finding new business opportunities through nutritional support and education.
  • Develop nutritional expertise within the team to further enhance Form-A-Feed as a market leader.
  • Participate in effectively identifying, recruiting and onboard new talent to the organization.
  • Prepare and lead staff meetings that support the company mission and business priorities.
  • Collaborate ideas and share species expertise within the team, listening and gathering team member feedback and ensure team members work together, sharing their expertise and experiences with the team.
  • Assist in development and communicate product knowledge and product innovation internally and externally.
  • Provide nutritional expertise and advice in formulating nutritional ration support.
  • Collaborate ideas and share species nutritional expertise within the team translating this to our customers.
  • Provide trouble-shooting support, communicating timely and effectively.
  • Assist sales and office personnel in formulation changes based on customer needs and requests.
  • Additional projects required or directed by VP of Sales and Marketing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or M.S. in Animal Nutrition, Animal Science, and/or qualified nutritional experience in Dairy, Beef or Swine Science
  • Business Planning and strategic development experience
  • Proven ability in building lasting relationships with customers, suppliers, and dealers.
  • On-farm experience, or feed industry research or education experience in the species related field
  • Strong decision-making skills and experience in negotiating and developing new business.
  • 5 or more years of supervisory and managerial experience handling multiple direct reports.
  • Successful track record of problem solving and dealing with personnel related issues effectively.
  • Outstanding analytical skills and a strong customer service mindset
  • Analysis of risk, risk management in the animal feed industry
  • Self-motivated with excellent communication skills in a team setting and one-on-one meetings.
  • Technical and computer related skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office and demonstrated skills in ration formulation.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3 or more years of proven animal nutritional experience, or feed industry research/education experience in the species related field along with supervisory experience
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Multi-year experience in animal nutrition
  • Demonstrated abilities in conflict management and team member development.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding analytical skills and a strong customer service mindset
  • Self-motivated with a strong desire to succeed and works well in a team centered environment.
  • Technical and computer related skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office and demonstrated skills in ration formulation helpful.
  • Flexible to travel and be out multiple nights away from home as needed to lead business initiatives.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Ability to bend, stretch, twist and/or reach with your arms and legs.
  • Ability to safely lift objects and/or products, up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to listen and understand instructions and information and communicating the same.
  • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical equations.
  • Ability to understand complex data, formulations, and information.
  • Ability to stay strong under pressure, evaluating large amounts of data.
  • Ability to interpret complex information and explain it’s meaning to others.

 

 


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