Senior Manager – Food & Functional Ingredients Manufacturing

To manage, source, and develop Food Sector business interests based on technology, aiming to establish private sector entities and collaborations with existing stakeholders (base economy) in line with the sector strategic plan.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Develop a unifying strategy, in coordination with Sector Head of Food to identify business opportunities, develop pipelines optimized for NEOM’s ecosystem and integrate advanced technology for sustainable and economically viable food and ingredients production
  • Lead the Food Sector Technology division to establish and manage strategic relationships with national and international multinational companies to maximize value across the NEOM Food Sector
  • Assist the Sector Head of Food in developing strategic relationships to maximize the competitive advantages of NEOM
  • Provide input to identify NEOM Food required projects to meet future demands
  • Participate in NF and lead Food Tech annual budgeting cycle along with detailed project forecasting
  • Head Food Tech division efficiently and within budget, and oversea reporting of progress and challenges encountered
  • Assist Sector Head of Food in networking with leading global agriculture tech companies, institutes, and R&D organizations, along with presenting in-depth reports of the latest technology trends
  • Develop and regularly update a strategy and action plan to attract innovative, sustainable, high-in-demand, and high-value Food Technologies within NEOM
  • Lead discovery of opportunities for strategic collaborations in Food Biotech with start-ups, SMEs, and established entities
  • Identify, participate in, and realize opportunities for in-house research and development in collaboration with industry and academia to advance food technology within NEOM
  • Oversee local and international efforts to incubate startup companies, validate and scale-up technologies for food or ingredients production at NEOM
  • Lead the negotiation and structuring of deals with key stakeholders
  • Oversee and contribute to the technical-scientific due diligence of investment opportunities
  • Support business building and company support by identifying potential growth opportunities
  • Champion NEOM Food Technology in leading forums to promote NEOM as a leader across the food value chain
  • Support community participation and awareness of advances in Food Technology
  • Develop and supervise Food and Ingredients Tech activities within NEOM
  • Perform analysis to assess the feasibility and budget of introducing new technologies (tangible and intangible) to support innovation across the Food value chain
  • Develop a governance framework to ensure integrated and seamless planning between the commissioning of infrastructure and associated technology
  • Form and chair committees to oversee proposals evaluations and execution of projects from a quality and timeline perspective
  • Draft periodic reports regarding project progress, challenges, risks, and mitigation
  • Develop dashboards and digital solutions for monitoring and optimizing the Food Production process
  • Lead the design and implementation of Food Tech policies and procedures within NEOM
  • Stimulate the team and contribute by identifying opportunities for improvement of business processes, cost reduction, and productivity improvement
  • Conduct comprehensive research on trends in Food Technology and suggest development to the Food Sector
  • Identify local and international forums of interest, along with providing a recommendation of Key Opinion Leaders to interface with members of the Food Sector
  • Establish working relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders
  • Assist the Sector Head of Food to attract, define, develop and manage targeted engagements
  • Collect and document feedback from stakeholders on requirements and issues being faced to identify barriers and develop action plans
  • Prepare progress reports and/or memos to relevant stakeholders to keep them informed of progress
  • Identify key Saudi players for local content
  • Collaborate with Sector Head of Food, NEOM HR, and recruiting agencies to identify, recruit, and retain talent for the Food Technology Division
  • Set performance objectives, incentives, training opportunities, and provide regular feedback on performance for junior staff
  • Promote a high-performance working environment embracing NEOM’s values
  • Manage, guide, coach, and assist division to perform their operations in accordance with set policies and procedures

Education & Experience

  • A PhD or Master degree in a related discipline is required
  • 10+ years of relevant experience developing or implementing food or ingredient technologies
  • 10+ years of experience across academia, industry, and/or entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial experience is a plus
  • Experience working in a multicultural or international environment is a plus

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