(Flexible location can be East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Upper Midwest or Northeast)
We are seeking a technical leader of ruminant nutrition for an established feed ingredient company. The incumbent will be in charge of the technical support, leadership and training and will assist in the implementation of new technical and product strategies. We are looking or a self-starter in the implementation of new technical and product strategies. We seek someone with an entrepreneurial spirit as the organization prides itself on mainlining a creative and flexible culture. The Director will provide customer technical/nutritional assistance, will conduct nutritionist/producer technical training meetings, will be a resource for other technical service contemporaries, will develop and implement nutritional training for internal personnel and will provide on-farm support to personnel, consultants and producers. The incumbent will develop and maintain a working relationship with key personnel at all animal agricultural universities, will provide information on product technology to staff and students, will present software and training to dairy nutrition students and staff and will search for new product ideas to develop and market. New product development responsibilities involve actively exploring and soliciting new product ideas, utilizing relationships with university personnel and industry contacts and evaluating possible synergies between internal and external product lines. Technical communication responsibilities entail working closely with National sales and marketing manager to evaluate both of these group needs, determine how the organization can best communicate and support these business segments, prepare written communications to target these groups; work closely with public relations to generate positive exposure aimed at influencing the consultant and large herd targets, establish working relationships with customer/prospect lead technical representatives. Research Project Management responsibilities entail designing protocols and facilitating the development and project management associated with controlled research projects, commercial research trials management from design, dairy selection, to date collection and conduct statistical analysis on commercial research trials. Quality control responsibilities entail maintaining products and records to be compliant with established standards, reviewing and monitoring quality control manual and procedures and monitoring quality controls results and recommend alterations when required.
Qualifications include 10+ years of dairy background and corresponding technical experience, graduate degree in animal or dairy science, demonstrated track record of success in technical dairy science practice application, ability to asses, analyze and problem solve commercial large dairy herd function, keep up to date with industry topics and direction, strong computer skills including Microsoft office products and the aptitude to learn multiple dairy ration balancing programs. PhD or DVM preferred.
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