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Date:  Sep 10, 2022
Job Req ID:  9823
Category:  Research, Quality, Nutr and Tech
Country/Region:  US
State:  MI
City:  Battle Creek
Workplace:  Hybrid

Title:  Director, Research and Technology


In your role as Director, Research and Technology, you will partner cross functionally to invent, influence, and deliver top and bottom-line innovation.  Keeping the consumer at the heart of your work, you will collaborate with Brand Marketers, R&D peers, Engineering, Insights & Analytics, as well as Commercial and Category Strategy partners to deliver on business objectives, activate programs which drive competitive advantage, and create consumer relevant product design for our company leading product Pringles!  Our success will be shaped by you.  This is a Battle Creek, MI or Chicago, IL based opportunity working on a hybrid, work from home and in office model.


If you are a passionate results-oriented driver, who thrives in a role working cross-functionally, on strategic long-term initiatives while having a curiosity to problem solve the undefined, this may be the opportunity for you!  Kellogg’s is a place where everyone has a seat at the table.  Let’s create something that people can connect with together.





  • Strategic Mindset – Bringing your curious nature, you’ll work to find solutions to things not well defined. Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies. Explore future scenarios and possibilities to help the organization respond to change and shape the future. Achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Model the value of exploration and learning.
  • Innovate – What’s the trend?  We will be looking to you to recommend and implement new technology for use in production or seeking opportunities to maximize efficient use of current corporate assets. Partner with Insights and Analytics and Innovation Marketing to spot new opportunities, address emerging challenges and plan for future success of the brands and categories we played in.
  • Team Leadership and Cross Functional Partnership – As the R&D lead, you’ll be coaching and influencing your team of food designers and packaging engineers to top performance, providing guidance to key stakeholders, and advocating for prioritization of business initiatives.  Collaboration is key and solid communication skills to communicate complex ideas to stakeholders, build consensus and ensure alignment towards shared goals.
  • Project Management Skills – You will direct R&D innovation and margin improvement projects through all phases of design through execution, keeping the team engaged and problem-solving challenges along the way. Strong planning and management skills to bring everything together.





  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Engineering, or a close related field. Master’s degree in Food Science or Engineering, or a closely related is preferred.
  • Deep technical competency in a food discipline, demonstrated expertise and record of accomplishments
  • Ability to work under ambiguous conditions with minimal direction and provide technical leadership that results in goal attainment and growth for the team
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills with the ability to influence through collaboration
  • Proven track record of leadership, business acumen, communication skills, and diplomacy
  • Successfully manages and balances multiple projects. Embraces and leads change. Proven track of delivering results driving topline and optimizing bottom line.
  • Proven track creating and implementing disruptive innovation, strong consumer and customer understanding to tailor product innovation strategy.
  • Use your strategic thinking, creative problem solving, and ability to provide guidance and direction to project teams



After you apply, your application will be reviewed by a real recruiter – not a bot. This means it could take us a little while to get back with you so watch your inbox for updates. In the meantime, visit our How We Hire page to get insights into our hiring process and how to best prepare for a Kellogg interview.


If we can help you with a reasonable accommodation throughout the application or hiring process, please e-mail

This role takes part in Locate for Your Day, Kellogg’s hybrid way of working that empowers office-based employees to, in partnership with their managers, find a balance between working from home and the office.




Kellogg Company is a multibillion-dollar company with over 30 thousand employees all over the globe. We are proud to make delicious foods that people love – foods that you grew up with like Frosted Flakes, Cheez It, Eggo, Pop-Tarts, Crunchy Nut, Pringles, as well as innovative foods such as MorningStar Farms, RX bar, and Noodles. Our KValues and BetterDays commitments are at the core of who we are, what we believe and what brings us together. We’re proud to say we’ve been awarded with Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies”, DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity”, Newsweek’s “Most Loved Workplaces”, and many more awards that you can check out here.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has been part of our DNA since the beginning. Clearly stated in our Code of Ethics “we have respect for individuals of all backgrounds, capability and opinions.” We believe that equity is more than leveling the playing field. It is making sure barriers, both tangible and intangible, are removed. Interested in the numbers? We hold ourselves accountable with our yearly Features report.


Kellogg is proud to offer industry competitive Total Health benefits (Physical, Financial, Emotional, and Social) that vary depending on region and type of role. Be sure to ask your recruiter for more information!




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.


Kellogg Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to provide an inclusive work environment, a seat for everyone at the table, and embraces the diverse talent of its people. 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. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, please visit our website here.   

Let’s create the future of food,

Kellogg Recruitment



Kellogg is taking bold next steps on its portfolio transformation journey by separating its North American cereal and plant-based foods businesses by the end of 2023, resulting in three independent public companies, each better positioned to unlock their full standalone potential. Learn more at

Nearest Major Market: Battle Creek
Nearest Secondary Market: Kalamazoo

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