Kellogg Director, Research & Technology in BATTLE CREEK, Michigan

Join our progressive R&D team as a Director, Research & Technology where you will collaborate with cross-functional leadership to build and deliver innovation and renovation initiatives that drive results for our North American MorningStar Farms business. You will lead a dynamic team of technical professionals. While you are at it you’ll be building your network and expertise in a thriving environment of professional development and teamwork.

As a member of a dynamic and experienced team, working with an extensive team of collaborators, you will play a role in making us the most innovative food company in the world. We are looking for someone who is motivated, innovative and a good team player who can develop, and translate research, extracting insights that help create experiences to delight our consumers.


  • Direction Setting - You will be planning and directing all R&D activities for innovation, renovation, cost savings, and network optimization for the MorningStar Farms Brand products, while ensuring timely execution and successful completion of these activities.

  • Managing Business Objectives - Significantly impacting the business unit by ensuring that proper business innovation objectives are established and attained.

  • Conceptualizing Plans - Informing and influencing at all levels and functions to ensure that the MorningStar Farms product launch process is adhered to from concept to development to commercialization. Depth of understanding in R&D to lead the Company’s efforts to improve product and process capabilities and find synergy between driving innovation and supporting the cost savings programs

  • Strong Leadership - Planning, recruiting, training and directing a world class technical staff.



  • An Entrepreneurial spirit and owner’s mindset to drive autonomy

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Engineering or food related field and significant experience in food product development

  • Ability to set or change strategic focus and direction for their direct R&D team

  • Plant based protein thought leadership / Progressive Thinker in this area

  • Strong ability to deliver/exceed business expectations

  • Strategic mindset- Seeking ahead to future possibilities and translating into strategies

  • Being able to paint a compelling picture of the future and strategy that motivates others

  • Action Oriented- open mind to take on new opportunities and tough challenges with energy, enthusiasm, and sense of urgency

  • High level of technical competency in a food scientific /technical /engineering and operational discipline

Bonus Points:

  • Master’s Degree in food science, engineering or food-related field and experience in food product development or PhD in food science, engineering, or food related field and experience in food product development

  • Previous technical experience in plant based proteins, high moisture extrusion and processing

  • Significant R&D experience as a Manager of a Development Group

  • Experience directing the use of external resources including development consultants, technology vendors, and the ability to “fluidize” resources with the other business units (R&T Groups)


It’s best to apply today, because job postings can be taken down and we wouldn’t want you to miss this opportunity. To learn more about what’s next, click on one of the links below:

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The role will require up to 20% Travel.

The ability to work a full shift, come to work on time, work overtime as needed and the ability to work according to the necessary schedule to meet job requirements with or without reasonable accommodation is an essential function of this position.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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.

Where required by state law and/or city ordinance; this employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. For additional information, please follow this Link at for English or this Link at for Spanish.

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Kellogg Recruitment

Title: Director, Research & Technology

Location: USA-MI-Battle Creek - Corporate Headquarters

Requisition ID: RES000857

Job Function: Research and Development

Job Type: Executive

Closing Date: Dec 6, 2018, 11:59:00 PM

Relocation Assistance: Yes