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Group Director, Research Process Development - Decatur, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2024

Group Director, Research Process Development – Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois

Research & Development

Job Description

Group Director, Research Process Development – Decatur, IL
This is a full-time, exempt level position.

Position Summary:
The successful candidate will be responsible for the leadership of ADM’s research process development group. This includes ensuring the group’s project management team efficiently executes projects by effectively leveraging its laboratory, process engineering, piloting (scale-up/scale-down), modeling, and deep knowledge capabilities.


  • Effectively work with colleagues from our centers of excellence, commercial, and operations teams in addition to other groups withing our global science and technology team.
  • Accountable for technology development and technical support across ADM’s innovation platforms and operating assets.
  • Expand the process development capabilities and leverage third parties as required to advance ADM’s innovation strategy.
  • Promote a strong safety culture in laboratory, scale-up/scale down, and demonstration scale operations.
  • Leverage ADM’s agile-based stage-gated technology development project management process to identify and develop technology options to meet business goals.
  • Ensure processes are in place to recruit, mentor, and develop research staff.
  • BS degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry (advanced degree preferred)
  • Minimum of 15 years of management/R&D/operations experience in the industrial chemical, food or nutrition enterprise with a track record of accomplishment in the discovery, scale-up and commercialization of new technology.
  • Leads with emotional intelligence to successfully coach, mentor and individuals and cross-functional teams.
  • Must have expertise and management history in development, scale-up/scale-down, and commercialization of process technologies.
  • A successful track record demonstrating the ability to construct teams, develop milestone-based projects, and drive team goals in a collaborative matrix environment.
  • A proven track record of building strong internal and external relationships with business groups, technology partners and customers.
  • Recognized innovator with a proven commercial track record.
  • Experience in the application of stage gate project management to research and development programs.
  • Safety leadership.
  • Ability to lead a team of managers.
  • Able to work and communicate effectively with cross-functional teams of engineers, scientists, business development, commercial, and plant personnel.
  • Goal oriented and performance-based work ethic.
  • Effective problem solving and troubleshooting skills in team environments.
  • Strong and effective written and verbal communication skills and capabilities.

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.


Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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