R&D Director



Île-de-France, France · France
Posted on Saturday, December 23, 2023

R&D Director

Type of contract
Contract duration
Ideal Starting Date
January 2024
Position's status
1 more property
A few words about us! Nutropy develops the next generation of dairy products. Nutropy is a Venture-Backed French company that develops an animal-free plug & play milk replacement for large scale dairy applications through our precision fermentation technology. We produce milk proteins and fatty acids identical to those produced by cows to enable the production of cheeses that taste as good as conventional cheese but are more sustainable, healthier and better for the animals. 🌐 Linkedin

📑 Job description

We are looking for a seasoned and skilled people leader who loves tackling challenging and impactful problems in a high-paced and collaborative environment. You’ll guide a multidisciplinary team by leveraging your technical experience, skills in aligning & motivating team members, and ability to work with stakeholders across the organisation. You'll be responsible for hiring, retaining, growing and leading world-class scientists. You’ll supervise the teams' work and ensure adherence to budgets and timelines.
At Nutropy, your job will consist in the following:
Support and Lead:
Be responsible for the management, growth and cohesion of our multidisciplinary scientific R&D team, ensuring effective communicaiton and adoption of Nutropy’s vision and OKRs
Organize and coordinate R&D departments and projects to achieve objectives set by the Executive Management
Ensure a proper match between teams and the technical and financial resources (internal and external) required for project execution in coordination with the Executive Management
Establish, challenge and monitor the operational progress of R&D projects with the Executive Management, ensuring deadlines and budgets are met
Establish, challenge and monitor performance indicators (quality indicators) with the Executive Management
Act as the interface with various departments within the company
Guide Technical Strategy:
Participate in implementing the company's global scientific strategy
Monitor scientific literature and connect with partners of interest, continuously identifying and implementing cutting edge technologies to support cost effective innovation
Maintain technological and competitive intelligence
Help break down ambitious goals into actionable and achievable steps in conjunction with the Executive Management
Enable the company to continuously adapt its development or manufacturing processes
Prepare and present results, conclusions and technical recommendations to the team and Executive Management
Participate in Transverse Company Development:
Participate in funding applications
Mobilize and raise awareness about the company's projects with institutional partners, investors and/or various audiences during conferences/events

🛠️ Skills we are looking for

Education & Experience:
PhD or Master in biochemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology or similar relevant tracks
At least 10 years experience leading research projects and managing scientific teams in a time bound and milestone driven environment, ideally in industry work focused on recombinant protein expression using data-led approaches
Excellent leadership, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, with a strong execution focus
Experience in managing and generating a strong IP portfolio
Experience in strain engineering (including post-translational modifications), fermentation / bioprocessing and downstream processing (DSP) for recombinant proteins, HTP assay development, omics, bioinformatics, analytics, dairy / colloid science, food science etc are a strong plus
Experience using statistics and design-of-experiments based approaches to strengthen experimental design and enable robust data analysis
Experience streamlining effective processes to enable team execution of OKRs
Experience in solving team skill gaps and hiring world-class technical talent from role design through conducting interviews
Experience supporting team growth in regards to hard and soft skills and professional satisfaction and progression
Experience in the food industry, ingredient or dairy industry, with food grade constraints is a plus
Strong written and oral communication skills in English and ideally in French
Motivation to work in a challenging start-up environment
Independant, well organized and proactive
Precise and capable of prioritising tasks
Problem-solver, creative force to suggest solutions
Strong communication skills
Strong commitment, positive, optimistic, and energetic attitude
Interest for the alternative proteins domain
High sense of confidentiality

💪 What we offer

When you come to work at Nutropy, your day-to-day is directly responsible for improving the quality of our products. Your role will be pivotal in bringing animal-free dairy to consumers worldwide, positively impacting our food system and planet. In return, here is what we can offer you:
A supportive workplace
A stimulating, fast-paced multi-cultural environment
Salary and benefits
Opportunities to learn and progress professionally

🗯️ Interviewing process

We will organize 2 to 3 interview rounds with the CSO, CEO and HR director, including reference checks and a site visit.
As an equal opportunity employer, Nutropy welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or social origin, disability, religion or belief. Under its equal opportunities policy, Nutropy is aiming to achieve gender parity in staff employed at all levels in the Organisation. At the time of appointment, preference between suitable candidates shall be given to the candidate of the gender which is under-represented in the relevant grades within the category to which the vacancy belongs. During the different stages of the recruitment procedure, specific measures shall be taken to facilitate access for candidates with disabilities.
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