May 03, 2019
TITLE: Applications Food Scientist, Dairy Applications
LOCATION: Bridgewater, NJ
REPORTS TO: Senior Associate and Manager, Dairy Applications
Ingredion is hiring an experienced Food Scientist in our Global Applications team to lead multiple key and complex global projects related to the development and testing of products relevant to Dairy Applications. The Applications Food Scientist will be regarded as a key expert in dairy and alternative dairy foods formulations, processing and evaluation. You will design and conduct experiments, collaborate with external partners and internal teams to execute projects, seek and pursue opportunities for IP, and regularly update project status to key stakeholders. You will support specific customer projects and be responsible for developing technical materials, market/customer prototypes and formulations, and customer documentation. You will manage a Senior Food Technologist and Senior Technician and will work along with the Group Leader to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Dairy Applications team to further build capabilities.
The Global Applications Group is focused on delivering the company strategy by developing new ingredients and solutions, supporting customers by providing technical solutions to product issues, leading and supporting internal ingredient development projects and supporting the development of new applications capability in the organization.
As an experienced Food Scientist your responsibilities will include:
Serving as key global technical authority for knowledge in dairy applications including formulation, processing and evaluation.
Innovating in the dairy segment by creating new prototypes that reduce the cost of production, are nutritionally beneficial, easy to process and/or provide increased functionality in the end product.
Crafting and conducting experiments to expertly evaluate potential applications of new and emerging ingredients.
Interpreting data to understand structural-functional relationships of ingredients and their application performance.
Working collaboratively with other functions such as Analytical Science, Process Technology, Marketing, Technical Service, Sales, Sensory and others to drive progress on key short and long-term projects
Working with external collaborators such as business partners and research institutes to fast track new ingredient development and build our team’s capability
Preparing and delivering high quality internal and external training documentations, presentations, and technical documentation to demonstrate and communicate product performance.
Communicating to senior leadership, customers, and cross-functional business partners the status, key insights and conclusions of on-going project work.
Leading Applied Research and NPD projects by coordinating work streams with cross-functional teams, providing status updates, project plans & achievements and outcomes to team and key partners.
Keeping appropriate records to support internal clients, external clients and intellectual property (IP) strategy.
Staying abreast of technology environment (market trends, IP landscape). Conducting prior art searches (literature, patents) and developing and applying for patents. Actively seeking and pursuing IP opportunities to protect Ingredion’s stake in new and promising ingredients and applications.
Presenting work, capabilities and knowledge at key international conferences, training events, and customer meetings
This position is well-suited for you if you:
Works collaboratively with peers and others and highlight potential issues in a dedicated manner.
Understands business context of assignments and works independently to meet objectives while adapting readily to shifting priorities.
Driven and self-motivated to deliver high quality results to meet defined timelines and business deliverables.
Identifies new ideas for innovation or improvement of standard practices and convinces others of their value
Demonstrates high degree of energy, personal commitment, and ownership while dedicatedly seeking opportunities to improve existing processes and is committed to continuous learning
Qualified candidates will have:
PhD in Food Science, Engineering or related discipline with 1-3 years of relevant work experience with dairy foods. MS degree with a minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in Dairy Technology will also be considered.
Experience formulating and processing with alternative dairy proteins is also highly preferred.
High level of expertise with hands-on dairy product development with laboratory and/or pilot plant equipment, dairy biochemistry, dairy unit operations
Experience with the entire lifecycle of a dairy product, from translating the bench-top products to pilot plants and finally to a large-scale production.
Deep understanding of food safety Good Manufacturing Practices, specifically related to dairy products and processes
Track record of proven experience with experiment design, statistical data analysis, and interpretation of results desired.
Experience in literature search and familiarity with peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Excellent verbal and written technical communication skills e.g. making presentations and writing technical reports.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with cross-functional teams.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (word, excel, power-point, project)
10-20% domestic travel required to attend trade shows, conferences, trainings, and client sites.
Bridgewater, NJ, USA