Scientific Leader, Nutrition Science & Advocacy - Parsippany, NJ

DSM Nutritional Products - Parsippany, NJ3.6

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a purpose-led global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative business solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at

The Challenge

The Scientific Leader will be required to interact with a variety of customers including dietary supplement, food and beverage companies, supplement producers, pharmaceutical companies, infant formula companies, government regulators, and key opinion leaders in scientific, food technology, and communication arenas. This individual must be able to function well on cross-functional teams and within a matrixed, international organization.

The Position

Provides leadership and guides the development of nutrition science and communication strategies to support market development and sales of core products and other ingredients. Implements strategies through direct daily interaction with marketing managers, sales representatives, and customers.
Responsible for supporting launch and marketing development for core products (vitamins, carotenoids and omega-3s) and other nutritional ingredients in NA. Works in coordination with Legal and Regulatory on substantiation of claims and advocacy efforts.
Aligns and coordinates goals with project teams (cross functionally and globally)
Reviews progress against goals, defines further activities, and ensures implementation. Partners with internal customers to set direction, priorities, resource allocations, milestones, and timeframes on project activities.
Ensures scientific accuracy and quality of internal and external communications including social media, PR and trade releases, position papers, presentations to customers and presentations at professional meetings. Addresses other customer needs necessary to convince customer of solid scientific rationale for new and existing products.
Member of a cross-functional team (R&D, Marketing, Sales, Regulatory, Innovation) that helps translates the science of nutritional ingredients for internal and external customers.
Supports marketing and sales to develop concepts, nutrition strategies, ingredient claims and substantiation.
Supports regulatory function by formulating structure/function claims, scientific substantiation, and regulatory petitions as needed.
Tracks and manages scientific literature to deliver critical information to project teams and to stay current on scientific development and business opportunities.
Organize and implement symposia at scientific meetings to educate and enhance awareness of the health benefits of DSM ingredients.
Serve as DSM representative on NGO committees such as ILSI, GMA, CRN to advocate for DSMs position related to ingredients.
Develop and maintain relationships with thought leaders, potential partners and collaborators in the academic, non-profit, and corporate sectors as requested by marketing.
Assess new business opportunities and innovation projects by critically evaluating the efficacy and safety of ingredients (literature search; position papers) and provide recommendations to the business.
Guides direction of progressive claims development by suggesting new studies that can lead to new claims to expand the marketability of core and other nutritional ingredients.

The Ideal

Ph.D. in Nutrition or science-related area. Knowledge of nutrition, biochemistry, food science, dietetics, experimental design, statistics, and industry experience.
Minimum of 5 years in a comparable role which includes team leadership experience. Must have demonstrated ability to integrate scientific knowledge to achieve business goals; proven ability to design, analyze and interpret scientific studies including in vitro, animal, and human studies.
Business experience preferred.
Understanding of how to design, implement and manage human trials. Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice and how to implement human studies.
Excellent communication skills; oral and written.
Working knowledge of the R&D process and project management.
Knowledge of regulatory, marketing and business environments.
Formal training in business courses desirable.

The Reward

Working for DSM means the opportunity to really contribute to improve people’s lives and solving the challenges of today’s world. Challenging jobs, career opportunities and an inspiring environment allow you to enhance your personal development. DSM recognizes that the on-going success of the company depends on the continued development and engagement of our employees and pursues a fair and competitive remuneration policy, recognizing individual and team competencies and performance.

Procedure & Contact

Interested in this position? Please apply on-line by sending us your resume and cover letter via the career portal (

Reference check procedures are part of the DSM Recruitment & Selection Process. You will be contacted when these references checks are required.

Royal DSM is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.