Regulatory Affairs Manager, Arlington, VA (USA)

Arlington, VA (USA)

Job Description

Nestle - Arlington, VA 

Affairs Manger-17006421 

Position Summary:

The RSA Manager based in Arlington, VA leads a team of Specialists which is currently based in several locations across the United States supporting the Nestle USA Beverage, Global Foods and Ice Cream Divisions.  He/She is responsible that the Nestle Regulatory & Scientific Affairs strategy is consistently implemented in the team.  He/She assures, together with relevant other functions, early and effective regulatory assessments in Innovation & Renovation leading to compliance by design of ingredients, labels and communications in the area of responsibility.  He/She proactively engages with Corporate Regulatory & Scientific Affairs in Vevey, Switzerland, and with authorities, associations and other stakeholders as appropriate.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Right people in the right job:  Attract and develop required competences to deliver upon one, several or all regulatory strategic functions (Foundation, Compliance, Active Innovation & Renovation, Advocacy) in the area of responsibility.
  • Build a winning, objectives-driven team, thinking and acting people first:  Ensure through coaching and training that the regulatory team demonstrates entrepreneurship and business partnership
  • Ability to work within cross-functional teams e.g. Marketing, Technical Application Group, Quality, NHW, Legal and Public Affairs to support innovation and advocacy projects.  
  • Ensure compliance of ingredients, labels, claims and communication with external regulations and Nestle Standards.  Ensures all claims are appropriately substantiated and documentation maintained.
  • Systems and workflow:  Ensure robust and flawless approval processes for labeling and communication material (Label-D, Devex).
  • Issue Management: Fast and reliable issue resolution (corrective and preventive processes and actions) in area of responsibility; brief senior leadership ahead of Issues Round Table.
  • Monitors the development of new and proposes rules, regulations and enforcement activities impacting the use of ingredients, safety, labeling and advertising and new business models.
  • Ensure the team contributes at the right level externally in associations and in engagement with authorities at national and international level.

Anticipated Travel: 20%


Requirements and Minimum Education Level:

  • Requires BS/BA, preferably in nutrition and/or food science or legal, MS/MA preferred
  • In depth knowledge of the US Food regulations; of other markets is an asset
  • Core knowledge of Nestle business strategy, Nestle USA Operation Master Plan
  • Good Knowledge of Nestle organization (Markets, Zones, Strategic Business Units), policies and instructions related to regulatory


  • 10+ years experience in the food industry, primarily in regulatory affairs, regulatory compliance, nutrition or product development, with significant direct experience with FDS and /or USDA
  • 5-7 years experience managing direct reports


  • Acts decisively and ahead of issues, and anticipates for the long term
  • Experience in effective networking across functional boundaries and externally
  • Enhances overall department effectiveness by encouraging team working behaviors across boundaries
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills, including influencing & negotiation skills, and an ability to communicate regulatory & technical issues in laymens terms
  • Trusts his/her own capacity to face critical situations and is ready to face any challenge
  • Keeps all relevant people informed to improve team effectiveness, and leads the team to success
  • Supports others in their development and creates a positive environment for long term development and growth
  • Gives a personal and original view to solve a problem, explain a given situation or create an opportunity
  • Challenges the status quo and promotes change

In addition the incumbent will have excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills.

Please contact:

Mikayla Ladimir

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

NUSA T&P - Regulatory & Scientific Affairs | Nestle USA

Ph: 1+ (818) 551-3957

November 28, 2017