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VP Technical Groups R&D - Decatur, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

VP Technical Groups R&D - Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois

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Job Description

VP Technical Groups R&D - Decatur, IL

Nature and Scope of the Role: The Global R&D Technical Groups operate across three locations (US-Decatur, US-Davis and Germany), and are dedicated to developing pioneering technological and science-based solutions that support our businesses worldwide, with a focus on advanced technologies, including enzyme and microbial biotechnologies, as well as our global analytical services.

The Vice President R&D Technical Groups is a distinguished senior scientist and proven leader, adept at steering diverse teams of PhDs and technicians within a multicultural, globally distributed and multifunctional environment. Reporting to the Senior Vice President and the Chief Science Officer of ADM, this executive assumes a pivotal role within the R&D leadership team.

The inspiring leader embodies a team-player mindset, combining scientific excellence, customer-oriented approach, and results-driven spirit. Leading by example, the VP R&D Technical Groups ensures alignment of R&D priorities with ADM’s overall strategy and business objectives.

Your role:

  • Lead the strategic direction and provide visionary leadership for the R&D Technical Groups, maximizing value and synergies within the organization.
  • Coordinate smooth interactions aligned with the R&D partners, and in agreement with needs of the businesses to drive the development of science-based solutions.
  • Manage and develop the global biotechnology portfolio, supporting enzyme development and precision fermentation initiatives across the organization.
  • Support business development opportunities through technical assistance, engagement with key customers, and ownership of technical due diligence for M&A projects as needed.
  • Nurture talent, lead and supervise all R&D Technical Teams and global resources, and collaborate with key partners across geographies.
  • Oversee the application and execution of the innovation process within the teams.
  • Oversee R&D project operations and financial performance.
  • Optimize internal core capabilities and outsourcing strategies, maintaining state-of-the-art scientific standards.
  • Uphold safety standards across all locations, ensuring a safe working environment.
Your profile:
  • Advanced educational credentials at the PhD level, within Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or any related life sciences/technological field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in global executive management roles, leading research and development teams at a large multinational.
  • Domain knowledge in Biotechnology.
  • Proven track record of managing significant innovation projects linked to overall business strategy and leading high-performing teams.
  • Poised and seasoned manager who understand the complexities and sensitivities of various operating business arrangements such as joint ventures, strategic alliances etc.
  • Credible advocate with an upfront operating style who is a proven and trusted collaborator at all levels of management, including senior business management and interfaces effectively across all key partners and relevant internal & external stakeholders.
  • Forward thinker who is adept at leveraging technology to improve functional effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Ability to thrive in a challenging environment with multiple, changing, and competing priorities who can work under pressure as necessary.
Our Offer:
  • Challenging tasks, short decision-making processes and a high level of personal responsibility in a modern work environment.
  • Room for innovative thinking and growth with the possibility to manage your own career path and development.
  • An energizing company culture which promotes continuous learning and growth, diversity and inclusion.
  • Excellent career opportunities in an established world leading nutrition company.
  • An attractive remuneration package, including a variety of social and welfare benefits like subsidized health & retirement plans & physical and mental wellbeing programs.
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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