Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs

The North American Renderers Association (NARA) seeks a Vice President to direct the organization’s extensive scientific services and regulatory program. The successful candidate in this senior position will provide vision, leadership, and implementation of strategic science policy, regulatory advocacy, and research direction. This individual will represent the rendering industry to regulatory agencies, academia, and partner organizations on industry issues such as sustainability, food safety, animal health, biosecurity, pathogen control, and environmental impact. Responsibilities include providing technical advice to assist association members to meet regulatory requirements and standards of the Rendering Code of Practice. The Vice President will also serve as Research Director of the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation (FPRF), the rendering industry’s research organization. This position reports to NARA’s president and CEO, who is also president of FPRF. NARA offers a competitive salary with a comprehensive and attractive benefits package.

A Ph.D., DVM, or similar advanced scientific degree is required in the field of animal science, meat science, veterinary medicine, microbiology, organic chemistry, or other relevant subject. The successful candidate will have 10+ years of progressively responsible technical and scientific experience, preferably with a company or trade association in food or agriculture. Must have outstanding communications ability, excellent project development/management skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to work collaboratively in a small office team environment. Moderate travel.

To Apply
In addition to sending your resume, candidates should include a cover letter describing the strategic value they will bring to the North American Renderers Association, drawing upon past successes and experience as well as salary expectations. Three writing samples are requested. By June 1, please apply with your cover letter, resume and salary expectations to:

About The North American Renderers Association
Rendering is highly sustainable and recovers valuable protein and fats that would otherwise be wasted, keeping them out of landfills and waterways. NARA members recycle meat leftovers and waste cooking oil into countless everyday new products, such as biofuel, personal care items, animal feed (including pet food), and industrial uses. The association represents the interests of the North American rendering industry to government agencies and Congress, promotes the greater use of animal by-products, and fosters trade between foreign buyers and North American exporters. NARA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and drug-free company. See for more information.

About The Fats and Proteins Research Foundation
FPRF funds research to improve rendering processing technology and increase demand for rendered products, including development of new uses. This provides added value to the rendering industry, allied industries, and customers. FPRF is a nonprofit, non-lobbying organization managed by the North American Renderers Association. For more information, visit

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