Kemin Industries Worldwide Senior Vice President of Marketing in Des Moines, Iowa


Position Overview

The WW Senior Vice President of Marketing for Kemin Industries has overview of Kemin’s worldwide marketing activities with a particular emphasis on strategic marketing applications. In this sense strategic marketing is defined in its broadest terms. Examination and recommendations on Kemin business models, market strategies and core product positioning are expected. In addition, the holder of this position will act to monitor all WW marketing, with a dotted line to each business unit marketing director.

The position is solely responsible for the promise of the Kemin brand and maintaining Kemin branding standards among our family of business units. In conjunction with other senior Kemin leaders and business unit leaders this person will help create, guide and shape marketing strategy for the entire company. The position has dotted line authority over the global marketing directors of each business unit while having direct oversight over a team of 15 marketing professional’s.

We Are Kemin

We are visionaries who see things differently and are inspired by the world around us. We have been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century. Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where over 500 specialty ingredients are made for humans and animals in the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition, beauty and textile markets. We provide product solutions and options to customers in more than 120 countries.

A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has more than 2,300 global employees and operates in 90 countries including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Maintenance and shaping of the Kemin brand on a global basis

  • Creation of global marketing strategy and vision for the Company

  • Leadership of Kemin’s digital Marketing efforts. Particular emphasis on the discovery of new digital strategies and communication of these to the Kemin business units. An active leader in the company’s digital transformation strategy

  • Acting on the trends of the market and direct the market research efforts of the Company

  • Providing leadership and mentorship to the marketing directors in Kemin’s 14 business units.

  • Leadership of Global Product managers for the Agri and human foods division of Kemin Industries

  • Leadership of Kemin’s public relations group

  • Oversight of the Kemin Web site and its governance.

  • Leadership of Kemin’s competitive intelligence team

  • Leadership of Kemin’s philanthropic strategy in the United States

  • Leadership of Kemin’s sustainability efforts worldwide

  • Global event planning for major Kemin internal and external events

  • Oversight of Kemin’s worldwide Knowledge Center

  • Major contributions to Kemin’s M&A efforts, including prospecting, due diligence and integration

What we require of you:

  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated marketing excellence in a B2B environment where they have shown achievement in both strategic marketing, digital transformation and marketing communications

  • The ideal candidate can balance a practical mindset with a creative business acumen and lead people through complex marketing operations and visioning

  • Demonstrated abilities to do primary research and reduce large data sets to important strategic actions is required

  • The ability to create and execute strategic marketing collateral that communicates Kemin’s value statement in the market will be a necessary part of the position. This is done via Kemin’s annual report.

  • The successful candidate will have an assertive personality, with a “take the hill” approach to business problem.

  • The successful candidate will have superior presentation skills suitable for customer and Board presentations.

  • As a global position, experience in international business is a requirement

  • Fluent English required while a second and third language are highly desirable

  • All of Kemin’s products are positioned from a foundation of their technical attributes. The ability to create communications that explain and value the features and benefits of these technical products is required. As such, a university coursework in chemistry or biochemistry or in one of the fields Kemin serves is recommended but not required.

  • Understanding financial terms as balance sheet analysis and return on investment to the customer are important qualifications

  • Negotiation skills are part of the marketing position

The Culture:Kemin prides itself in closely following its formally published Value Statement. Most critical among these values is an absolute dedication to integrity and transparency. Kemin managers act from a philosophy of “Servant Leadership” where management is a privilege to assist fellow teammates in reaching their goals. While a very fast pace along with hard work and long hours are characteristics of Kemin, family and family values remain paramount in the company.

Travel:This is a global appointment, requiring international travel to all Kemin business units and, potentially, customer locations. It is estimated that the successful candidate will be traveling internationally 30% of their time.

What’s in it for you:

  • A competitive financial package- in addition to your salary, we offer an uncapped bonus opportunity, 401k match program, and paid vacation and holidays.

  • Robust health and wellness support- we are proud to offer a fitness reimbursement (for your whole family!), an on-site fitness center, restaurant with seasonal fresh food options (and the ability to order food to bring home), and free fresh fruit in break areas- to name a few.

  • Continued learning opportunities- Kemin offers tuition reimbursement and recently launched a new corporate university with online and in-person training opportunities for growth and development throughout your entire career.

  • The chance to give back to our world- Through our foundation of servant leadership, we are proud to offer ample service opportunities, including paid time off to do so. Kemin has a valued corporate partnership with both The World Food Programme and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to many local initiatives.

  • Opportunities to support our valued educators- Kemin is a proud sponsor of the Iowa Governor's Stem Advisory Council where we fund annual teacher's awards. In addition, we have a robust internship and externship program, and frequently host student tours.



Job ID2018-5451



Position TypeRegular Full-Time