VP, Nutritional Science
Metagenics - Gig Harbor, WA

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Under general direction of the CSO, the Head of Nutritional Science Research is responsible for leading the Segment’s Nutritional Science and Research activities. The incumbent will lead the strategic selection and development of basic nutritional science that can be used to leverage new information supporting the segment specific products and which help the development and management of claims for product use that can differentiate and drive growth for the segment. Furthermore, he/she will provide expertise and information addressing and supporting the habits, practices and benefits in the dietary use of macro- and micro-ingredients.

Lead the basic and applied nutritional science platforms for the segment by identifying and developing key nutrition information supporting improved dietary practices and habits for mothers and infants and that support a healthy growth and development of babies at all stages of growth
• Lead the scientific evaluation and recommend the appropriate use of all/new key nutrients for use in the segment specific product portfolio and provide all supporting scientific substantiation for the use of the selected nutrient.
• Spearhead the identification of new claims that drive growth in the Nutrition Segment
• oversee research on health needs, scientific advances and potential claims which may lead to new ingredients / products
• Oversee the development and lifecycle management of claims as their associated products are designed, developed, tested, manufactured, and sold with special reference to the scientific rational and substantiation of nutrient contribution to health and wellness and in a manner that differentiates and adds value creation and new news to the portfolio of products entering and in the pipeline
• Provide expert nutritional knowledge on the availability and use of ingredients and nutrients that effect health across all age stages of infant growth and development and translates this information into a robust pipeline of product offerings
• Remain on the forefront of emerging industry trends, nutritional sciences, competitor products, strategies and activities to build and differentiate the segment specific product pipeline
• Lead the identification and assessment of new trends in health, wellness and nutrition as they may apply to and benefit healthy life stages; advocate new nutritional sciences and nutrients for message and product development and positioning of a product pipeline in balance from near to long term launches
• Partner with Medical Affairs organization on the identification and development of nutrients to achieve desired health outcomes
• Leverage Clinical Research to ensure claims are feasible and can be validated by clinical trials
• Collaborate with medical affairs to ensure prioritized messages are relevant and substantiated
• Coordinate external collaborations and alliances with academic investigators and industrial partners ; develop an active group of scientific advisors to help identify and leverage nutritional sciences relevant to and for the segment
• Participate as an active team member of the R&D Team
• Lead Nutritional Science resources required to support ideation and exploration activities (prior to project evaluation for portfolio entry)
• Directly manage Nutritional Scientists who contribute to innovation and growth within the Nutrition research Group
• Lead cross-functional project teams
• Lead and develop cross-functional staff

• Advanced degree in Clinical or Human Nutrition, or related biological sciences with training and experience specifically in Nutrition
• 10-15 years of industry experience, with particular emphasis in the nutrition or consumer healthcare products space
• Ph.D. and R.D. preferred in a nutritional science, MS, RD considered as scientists without RD experience
Knowledge Of:
• Broad expertise in the habits, practices and benefits in the dietary use of macro- and micro-ingredients on healthy life-stages
• Deep functional expertise in Nutritional Science and Clinical Research
• Experience in leading development of claims in the Infant Nutrition space
• Deep understanding of the segment-specific regulatory environment
• Deep understanding of HCP, KOL and mother needs, concerns and preferences
• Demonstrated business acumen/leadership and a record of execution oriented delivery of support and product launches in clinical and/or nutritional categories
• Proven leadership skills with the ability to influence and grow food and beverage businesses
• Successful track record in leading and developing individuals within a matrix environment
• Ability to effectively collaborate cross-functionally
• Ability to influence executive-level stakeholders
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills

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Metagenics, Inc. is a life sciences company and leading developer and manufacturer of science-based nutraceuticals and medical foods sold to...