Cargill R&D Manager Applications Personal Care in Vilvoorde, Belgium

R&D Manager Applications Personal Care

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


The Applications R&D manager Personal Care provides leadership to the key application category personal care in EMEA in alignment with the Global Personal Care Go To Market strategy (Cargill Beauty) and Cargill shared R&D Leadership, through maximizing portfolio value, customer focus and innovation, internal and external connectivity and excellent talent management.

The position manages and inspires a diverse expert team (Associate Application specialist to principal Application Scientist) in different key application subcategories (skin care, hair care, make up and oral care…) to provide the best technology transfer and to inspire the team to come with the best pro-active and creative ideas, answering the Jobs to be Done of our projects for the Personal Care Technology Roadmaps, answering to key customers briefs, enabled by profound project management and in depth category and product line expertise.

Organization and Talent Developer (People management)

  • Bring Leadership in the team, directing to the Applications Center’s GPS goals and the PC GTM strategy goals

  • Build and maintain a powerful ,motivated, flexible and engaged team (5-10 people: from associate professional to advisor level) with the right culture and behavior, open to work with other R&D groups (internal/external) with focus to help our customers thrive

  • Responsible for talent management linked to talent discussions, performance management, succession planning, development planning, engagement and focus on building a sustainable pipeline (Strategic Workforce Planning)

  • to Attract, Recruit, Train/On-board, Coach and Retain talents

  • Bring open communication within PC Cargill Beauty worldwide organization and with the Application teams and between other R&D departments and bizz groups

  • Ensures product line tagging and expertise, connected to the Bizz Product groups

  • Build and maintain a network with other regional applications directors & PC teams to leverage and transfer technology, search and reapply of solutions, resourcing support, customer and market knowledge (NA, LATEM and APAC))

  • Active and engaged member of the Applications Shared Capabilities Leadership team: Interacts and communicate closely & efficient with team-colleague Apps cluster managers to get to common targeted approaches and best practices in the teams: ONE leadership team

  • Active and engaged member of the R&D/ Innovation Personal Care Team.

  • Ambassador of the Cargill R&D Center Vilvoorde towards customers, PC GTM organization, Vilvoorde R&D Community, Cargill R&D & Bizz stakeholders and Commercial Excellence

Business & Customer leadership: Application Portfolio Management and Value Creation for the bizz and with the key customers

  • Provide transparency/complete view and lead business discussion in order to create business ownership

  • Ensure the partnership with the bizz (PC GTM and Bizz product groups) in order to guarantee business case, prioritization and ownership

  • Facilitate portfolio review discussion in terms of healthy and well balanced portfolio regarding risks and opportunities (NBD and NPSS)

  • Create, add and maintain the Application team scorecard: Contribution to the development and reporting of metrics for PC applications to show the value creation (actuals and pipeline).

  • Ensure the current and future portfolio of projects have the adequate budget/expertise/resourcing in order to execute

  • Accountable for the deliverables in terms of value creation to the Business Groups/Cargill product lines, customers in terms of financial and image benefits (actual, innovation image, customer partner of choice)

  • Represent the Application Center to key customer interactions and key PC events (In Cosmetics,…)

  • Can be tagged to key PC customers

  • To Lead big & complex customer and application projects, requests and related customer visits

  • Help to identify and initiate together with the PC Innovation Global Director, AC R&D Director, cross-Bizz projects (opportunity wise)

  • Interpret market trends to identify new application and product needs and share knowledge/info with other regions.

  • Travel to visit customers, give presentations, to create new opportunities and sustain follow up

Project Management

  • Lead key & complex projects in the application Center

  • Ensure resource allocation across projects through prioritization in alignment with PC GTM strategy. Guarantee we have the right expertise and external sourcing in order to complete successfully the projects

  • Ensure technical report writing on practical work and projects of the team

  • Manages Cargill’s IP and supports Cargill’s IP strategy

Technology Leadership and Expertise

  • Maintain and build relevant and capable application center (labs/pilots) to allow close and effective working relationships with customers and Bizz group teams.

  • Applies deep scientific expertise to lead the development and deployment of new concepts, technologies (e.g. processes) or Applications characterization tools

  • Identify new applications and project needs for PC applications

  • Constantly develops and maintains expertise further and shares and trains team members on the expertise content.

  • Will be a key bizz group key liaison (tag)

  • Will have result-driven KPIs

  • Responsible for operational budget and regional capital investment execution in PC

  • Translate technologies from food & industrial into PC

  • Project Leadership on Key global PC projects

  • Can be involved in key Vilvoorde R&D Center initiatives (like VMT/VLT working groups)

  • Provide key expertise into the categories in a pragmatic way (good sense of theory vs practical experience)

  • Provides pragmatic application support for key initiatives (key projects, key customers guidance, trainings..)

  • Complies, maintains explicitly with Cargill rules on EHS and Product safety and looks for everyday improvements. Is also clearly accountable for her/his team.

  • Champion and leverage application technical expertise on existing/emerging opportunities to Cargill product lines on PC application

  • Leads or gives input on application related production line architectures

  • Assure compliance of developed solutions to local and regional regulations (REACH,…)in collaboration with the Scientific & Regulatory Affairs function.

  • Build and reinforce the application team expertise, knowledge and capabilities as a reference in EU market, together with the Content experts: Principal Applications scientists

  • Application branding: Leads and organize training and exhibitions: Give seminars and lectures for internal and external customers


Minimum Required Qualifications

  • In depth Technical expertise in B2B and/or B2C Personal Care industry covering ingredients such as thickeners, emulsifiers and emollients, systems and solutions

  • In depth Experience in personal care applications; skin care, hair care, body care, oral care and color cosmetics.

  • Demonstrable leadership, strategic capabilities and management experience in a technical organization.

  • Experience with cross-functional and multi-cultural teams.

  • Strong in people management

  • Demonstrable experience in effectively building and managing customer relationships.

  • Ability to manage change and lead people in new directions

  • Experience at building competitive advantage through the use of the organization’s technical capabilities, and by providing product innovation and other creative application solutions.

  • Ability to translate industry/market trends into new opportunities and Application solutions for existing and new customers/markets.

  • Project and portfolio management.

  • Excellent communicator and collaborator.

  • Persuasive and ability to deal with ambiguity

  • Solutions focused mindset

  • Inspiring presentation skills

  • Good interpersonal & enquiring skills

  • Adaptable and broad perspective

  • Proven practical experience on how to get things done within a matrix organization. Good tolerance of ambiguity combined with an active approach to problem- solving.

  • Travel: 15-20 %

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fluent in 2 or 3 European languages, with English as priority

  • Master Degree in Chemistry, Technology and/or Cosmetics or equivalent by experience (in Personal Care)

  • 8 years of industry experience in Personal Care related activities

  • Minimum 5 years of R&D Management experience

Covering ingredients such as natural-derived polymers, sweeteners, proteins, lecithins, fats and oils is a plus

Job Research and Development

Primary Location Belgium-BRU-Vilvoorde

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: VIL00372