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Lead Scientist, Global STA, Royal DSM/Glycom / 1752 / CLOSED

The Company
Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental, and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative 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 was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at

The Team
The Global Science Translation and Advocacy Segment Team is a growing group of scientists within the Health, Nutrition & Care Innovation organization, that advocates for the science regarding nutrition in health and the nutrient needs of individuals and populations. STA develops and advocates for scientifically substantiated nutritional “health benefit solutions” that provide health benefits for specific populations of people across the lifespan (i.e. nutritional ingredients or bundles of ingredients that support brain development and health, immunity, gut & digestive health, eye health, heart heath, mobility, and other benefits). We co-develop and substantiate messaging and claims using a scientific evidence grading approach. We engage with scientific experts and thought leaders, to obtain guidance and expert endorsement of our science, as well as for outreach and advocacy. We are organized via business segment (i.e. early life nutrition, medical nutrition, dietary supplements, pharma, nutritional improvement, and food & beverage).

Lead Scientist, Global STA
Human Milk Oligosaccharides & Early Life Nutrition

  • World leading company within its field
  • You will lead global scientific advocacy for HMO
  • Provide passionate thought Leadership in Nutrition & Health
  • You work preferably from Denmark, but also possible from other DSM offices

The Challenge
The successful candidate will lead DSM’s global scientific advocacy for Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO) for all life stages. Particular focus will be in the Early Life Nutrition (ELN) segment, which includes infants, young children, children, and maternal nutrition. You will develop scientific substantiation for the nutritional suitability and health benefits of HMOs and other DSM ingredients and solutions in order to support business and regulatory objectives. In collaboration with internal and external stakeholders you will also develop science-based value propositions related to HMOs, alone or in combination with other ingredients, and will help to advance them with global customers and into the regional markets. Representing DSM’s interests in trade organizations, industry consortia, and other relevant organizations is also part of your tasks. You will network with key opinion leaders and regulators in scientific and communication arenas. Experience working in industry associations and other partnerships to further business objectives would be an asset.

You will :

  • Deliver passionate thought leadership in nutrition and health, specifically for HMOs and their applications in nutrition and health in infants and across the lifespan
  • Lead STA activities to scientifically substantiate the safety, nutritional suitability, and health benefits of HMOs and other ingredients in the DSM portfolio
  • Develop scientific substantiation for messaging and claims using an evidence grading approach
  • Engage with scientific experts and thought leaders to obtain guidance, endorsement, and advocacy for DSM nutritional solutions
  • Work on cross-functional teams (R&D, Innovation, Regulatory, Marketing, Communications) to drive strategic imperatives for HMOs
  • Create scientific communications and strategies. Develop material for adaptation by regional STA scientists to assist in translation of science for local business development
  • Advise on opportunities to further develop the scientific evidence base to provide new business opportunities
  • Conduct horizon scanning and tracking of emerging issues to raise awareness among regional STA leads and for regional marketing and sales teams and create communications for global distribution
  • Track and manage scientific literature and stay current on scientific developments and business opportunities. Organize and implement symposia at professional meetings
  • Ensure scientific accuracy of internal and external communication including social media, PR, position papers, and presentations to customers & for global distribution

You have a unique opportunity to join DSM and help creating brighter lives for all, doing business the right way. You will join competent and passionate colleagues, who believe in teamwork and creating healthier, happier infancy and childhoods with HMOs. But it all starts with bright sciences and here you can put your mark, have great influence, and really make a difference with your knowledge. You will refer to the Vice President and Global STA Segment Head at DSM Nutritional Products and dotted line to VP of HMO Innovation and Business Development DSM.

Your Talent
You have a PhD or equivalent postgraduate degree in Nutrition Science or related area, ideally 5+ years’ experience, including science advocacy, preferably in industry. Expertise in HMOs, early life nutrition, experimental design, and statistics would be an advantage.
You must have demonstrated the ability to leverage scientific knowledge to achieve business goals; proven ability to analyze and interpret scientific evidence in human nutrition and apply evidence grading frameworks for marketing claim substantiation. Knowledge of regulatory, legal, marketing and business environments and experience navigating in challenging regulatory and legal environments in different regions is desirable.

As a person, you are passionate and eager to share your scientific knowledge with others to benefit the company, business, and colleagues. You love innovative thinking and are full of insight and information. You have the ability to inspire and like to speak at conferences and your content marketing is widely followed.

You have shown your ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage several projects simultaneously within a matrixed, international organization.

You have excellent in-person and virtual communication skills both oral and written and are able to function well on cross-functional teams. You enjoy travelling, including internationally.

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