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Manager, Monogastric Nutritionist

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Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition
Itasca, Illinois, United States
30+ days ago



This position is responsible for managing Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition (AHN) Monogastric Nutrition program, which includes research and development, product development, promotion of nutritional concepts and products, and technical services (analytical wet chemistry), awareness of market demands and growth analysis, amino acid analysis, diet formulations and technical services in the area monogastric nutrition. Gain knowledge of AHN’s food ingredient product portfolio and identify opportunities to develop products relevant to the Pet Food Market in current and new applications with existing ingredients and/or new value-add ingredients that deliver nutrition or palatant solutions.


Technical Services

  • Maintain and provide high-level nutritional expertise for agent network, sales team, and customers
  • Actively engage in technical discussions with end user customers
  • Actively participate of key industry events/technical meetings
  • Engage key leaders in academia in the area of companion animal nutrition
  • Develop & expand markets through technical promotion
  • Support the commercial department & business development

Develop & execute R+D strategy

  • Define key & strategic R+D needs ensuring the alignment with business goals
  • Develop & execute R+D strategy for the business unit (BU)
  • Manage collaborative R+D programs with top-ranked centers in North America
  • Compile and package the information from finished research project and distribute and present among internal & external customers as well as scientific events

Product Development

  • Create, design, and develop pet food, treat, and supplements based on AHN food/agri technologies
  • Develop a robust pipeline of product development opportunities, which includes developing technical project plans and timelines for all assigned projects
  • Lead product formulation including appropriate ingredient, nutritional, regulatory, and analytical requirements

Lead the innovation stage-gate companion animal species

  • Support & execute stage-gate process for companion animal products
  • Evaluate the technical/economic feasibility of product applications for companion animal species


Education, Training, Certificates or Licenses required:

  • MSc or PhD in Animal Science/Nutritional Sciences, preferably with emphasis in companion animal nutrition.
  • At least 10 years of working experience in the field specific to swine, poultry, and pet food nutrition.
  • Pet Food Industry Experience specific to understanding AFCO regulations.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Thorough knowledge of amino acid nutrition for non-ruminant species/monogastric animal species
  • Must have excellent knowledge of animal trial design and data analysis
  • Must be proficient at conveying trial results and technical concepts to internal & external customers, with both written and oral communications skills
  • Prior working experiences in R+D and product development are a plus
  • Working knowledge of feed formulation software
  • Wet Chemistry and NIR Analytical Lab Equipment
  • Working knowledge of statistical software (i.e. SAS, R, Jump, etc.)

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Establish and maintain good relationships with the nutrition teams within AHN, with nutrition teams of CFS affiliates, customers, academicians, and researchers
  • Skilled at motivating cross-functional teams to achieve goals



  • Competitive salary & benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with match and profit-sharing eligibility, life insurance, disability and paid time off
  • No waiting period for medical, dental, & vision benefits
  • Wellness Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Annual wellness reimbursement (gym membership/equipment)
  • Free tobacco cessation program
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Work-Life Integration
  • Employee perks and discount program

This position is located at our Headquarters in Itasca, IL. The location is our new state-of-the-art facility housing our Customer Engagement Center with a fully equipped demonstration kitchen. Additionally, we have several high-tech laboratories well equipped for bench top research and food product development, as well as pilot plant capabilities at our plant in Eddyville, Iowa.

Ajinomoto is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The hiring process for successful candidates will include a pre-employment interview and background check. 

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58563618
  • Location:
    Itasca, Illinois, United States
  • Position Title: Manager, Monogastric Nutritionist
  • Company Name: Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition
  • Primary Business: Other
  • Job Function: Marketing/Sales
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: Over 10 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
Itasca , IL , US

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