Ardent Mills is the premier flour-milling and ingredient company whose vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, consumers, and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions. Ardent Mills' operations and services are supported by more than 35 flour mills, a specialty bakery, a gluten-free facility, and The Annex by Ardent Mills (The Annex), a dedicated team committed to cultivating the future of specialty grains and plant-based ingredients. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills’ operations are located in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Ardent Mills created a specialty business unit call The Annex by Ardent Mills. The Annex is a dedicated team committed to cultivating the future of specialty grains and plant-based ingredients. Technical team of The Annex is responsible for exploration, development and commercialization of new ingredients and other value-added products aligned with Ardent Mills Vision, Mission and Strategy. R&D team both in Core and Annex serve customers by collaborating with cross-functional teams to successfully commercialize and market current portfolios and future product creations.
The Director R&D – Core Flour, is responsible for leading R&D and culinary teams in the development and execution of the Ardent Mills strategy, to deliver business objectives and Annual Operating Plan. Drive technical development and commercialization of wheat-based/bakery-centric solutions utilizing internal Ardent’s Innovation Center capability, for Ardent Mills customers.
You will manage up to 8 employees from product development, culinary, bakers and contractors within Base and Proactive teams. This role works closely with Sales, Marketing, Technical Services, Operations, Supply Chain and Finance to provide comprehensive solutions to Ardent Mills customers. This role resides in Denver with the team and will report to the Sr. Director of Research & Development.
As a leader and people manager, the Ardent Mills Values of trust, serving, simplicity and safety will guide your decisions. You will listen, learn, and serve your team members. You will enable your team to deliver superior business results by constantly learning, reinventing, and challenging yourself to do better. You will inspire people to achieve things they never thought possible. To succeed, you must be able to:
Above all you will be expected to carry out all your activities with reliability, integrity, compliance and in a safe, environmentally responsible, and efficient manner.
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At Ardent Mills, everyone matters and everyone has a voice. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all applicants and team members and the decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, aboriginality, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, age, political affiliation, or any other non-merit characteristic protected by law or not. Together, celebrating our differences, we make Ardent Mills.
The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions, and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of Ardent Mills.
Location:Denver Office CO
Address:1875 Lawrence Street, Denver CO, 80202
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Employment Type:Full time
Additional Information:COMPETITIVE COMPENSATION:We provide market-driven base pay, based on skills, abilities, and level of experiences. Our salary ranges are broad, and individual salary will be market competitive based on a candidate’s unique set of skills and level of experience. The starting range for this position is $120,294.72 - $160,443.08, with additional earning potential possible commensurate with experience. Additionally, we believe that our team members are the reason for our success and all team members are incentive eligible with a target based on contribution, company performance, and individual results achieved. While the specific bonus plan and target amount will be determined based on the role and breadth of contributions, the targeted bonus plan and targeted percentage amount for this role is Bonus - MIP, 15% Annual: Individual Target.BENEFITS:At Ardent Mills we offer a wide range of benefits to our team members and their eligible family members. Some of our great benefit programs you may be eligible for include: • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage• Health and Dependent Savings Accounts • Life and Disability Programs • Voluntary Benefit Programs • Company Sponsored Wellness Programs • Retirement Savings with Company Match • Team Member and Family Assistance Program (EAP) • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays • Employee Recognition Program with Rewards (RAVE).
“I ensure each team member has the support and autonomy required to deliver the best possible solutions. What makes my team special is how we deliver these solutions. This team is very much a family. They support each other unconditionally. When one is swamped the others step in to help without being asked. They freely challenge the status quo, grow and develop their business acumen, and work across functions to deliver safe and high-quality food as efficiently as possible.”Janice Best - Leader of Product Development, Technical Services and Regulatory, in Canada
While the experience of applying for a job at Ardent Mills may vary from mill to mill and from role to role, it almost always involves following the same basic process outlined below:
Our talent acquisition team will review your resume to check you have the experience and qualifications we are looking for. Everyone who applies for a job at Ardent Mills receives a response from us, so we will email you to let you know the outcome whether you have been successful or not.
A member of our talent acquisition team may speak to you on the phone to find out more about you and determine whether you are potentially a good fit for the role.
If the hiring team thinks you could be the person they are looking for, you are likely to be invited to an interview.
As the successful applicant, you will be made a verbal offer followed by a written one. Once you have accepted our offer, you will need to go through a background check and potential other pre-employment contingencies, which can take up to 10 business days.