VP of Research & Development

Position Overview

The Research and Development group is responsible for developing the technology and the product to enable Equinom’s future growth and competitiveness. With an innovative mindset and curiosity, the goal of our R&D team is to develop solutions based on the market needs from one side and the crops and ingredients research from the other. As part of its product development, our R&D group conducts a wide range of research and development activities such as Genomics and Validation, Data Science and Engineering, Biochemical assessments, and Food Science & Functionality.  

Reporting directly to the CEO and collaborating with the executive team, our VP R&D will drive our technology growth, build our core infrastructure, attract and retain the best talent and create highly productive and efficient teams. This role is a great Opportunity to lead Multi-Disciplinary team, of +25 PhD’s, Data Scientists, Breeders, Biochemistry and Food Application teams to develop and produce the next generation of Non-GMO Plant Based Protein.  

Main Responsibilities

• Direct responsibility for the R&D deliveries; high-quality and innovative solutions on tight schedules in a fast-paced
environment. Optimize the work processes and efficiency

• Design solutions based on market analysis and business data. Evaluate Breeding, Data Science, and Biochemistry solutions,
set technical direction and quality standards

• Build a collaborative team environment and install an inspirational, fun, and creative culture within the organization

• Recruit, develop, and grow talent through effective mentoring, coaching, succession planning, and retention strategies for key

• Promote excellence, execution-driven mentality, and ownership across the R&D team 

• Contribute, as a member of the company’s global leadership team, seeing the big picture and taking part in building company’s

• Leverage both internal and external resources to identify and analyze challenges, develop, and implement solutions in the
Ingredients, Genomics, and Breeding plans

• Direct the different groups to balance the creation of new functionality, immediate needs, and new requirements of customers
and partners. 

Candidate Profile

Experience and Education

• PH.d on Biochemistry/Biology/Food Science OR Master Degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science or related field.

• 15+ years of experience in R&D managerial roles, of a 20+ sized team with multiple scientific branches. Previous experience as
a VP R&D - preferred

• In-depth and practical experience with R&D workflows and considerations. 

• Proven experience in implementation of Industrial lab approach and scale-up capabilities

• Expertise in Leading Managers, developing, coaching & retaining talents. 

• Experience in advanced development methods and best practices of the food/Ingredients/Biology/Biochemistry –Preferred 

• Master of synchronization and focusing teams 

Personal Characteristics

• Excellent leadership, communication, and collaboration skills, strong in both science, technology, and People

• Works well in a diverse team environment and is capable of influential leadership in a cross-functional organization.

• Capable of responding quickly to evolving priorities and comfortable dealing with ambiguity in a fast-moving environment.

• High motivation, Can-do attitude, and multi-tasking ability. 

• Very attentive to details, able to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

And most importantly, 

• Relate to Equinom’s purpose and mission