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Food Researcher - Global Ingredient Technology, Texturants
Hoffman Estates, IL
Tate & Lyle




Date: 12-Sep-2017

Location: Hoffman Estates, IL, US

Company: Tate & Lyle

We are seeking a Food Science application professional with expertise in starch technology, texture science or related fields to join the Global Ingredient Technology team.


Job Description:

This role will focus on developing fundamental scientific knowledge in starch applications and support the launch of new starch ingredients globally. Prior experience in providing thought leadership while using technology to solve complex research problems is required.   This role is recognized as a high-level scientific resource and must have demonstrated ability to develop and champion independent ideas leading to successful project completion.


Job Title: title and compensation based on relevant experience


The Texturants Scientist will have three primary areas of responsibility:

  1. Foundational Characterization of Texturants Applicaiton Research: Assess interactions and influence of different parameters on the functionality of starches in food applications. Provide leadership with respect to starch ingredient functionality to external and internal partners.
  2. Support development and launch of starch NPD: Provide technical resource for application functionality of starch NPD with participation on Innovation and Commercial Development (ICD) stage gate project execution. Champion NPD through collaborative external and internal application guidance and training development.
  3. Texturants Technical Leadership: Leverage contact and cooperation with suppliers, universities and research facilities to keep abreast of new developments, methods and innovations related to starches. Promote Tate & Lyle to customers and external partners as a leader in texture science and research through Scientific Education Outreach (SEO) and training programs.


The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Championing a safety mindset
  • Identifying and executing foundational ingredient and food application interactions studies to support Texturants strategic direction and growth
  • Supporting development and launch of starch NPD
  • Supporting Global/Regional Application and Technical Service (ATS) teams with customers’ challenges related to starch
  • Engaging customers as Texturants Ingredient Technology Expert
  • Developing and promoting Scientific Education Outreach (SEO) for starches
  • Developing and providing internal and external training on starch technology
  • Conducting competitive ingredient analysis and evaluation
  • Providing M&A and Open Innovation assessment support and due diligence as needed
  • Developing an external network with Universities and Industry Associations
  • Managing weekly planning and prioritization efficiently and in line with the business priorities
  • Promoting effective networking and knowledge sharing with all relevant business partners globally

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters or PhD degree within food science or food engineering field or similar education
  • Strong knowledge of food product development and innovation
  • Experience with rheology, texture and polymer science and methods used to characterize food systems
  • Strong statistical and experimental design knowledge
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbal and written, with diverse audiences ranging from highly scientific/technical to non-technical personnel and customers
  • Strong focus on customer satisfaction
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 50%  
  • Personal alignment with Tate and Lyle’s Core Values (safety, integrity, respect) and Performance Values (accountability, achievement, creativity, speed and teamwork)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years’ experience in research and development or applications within the food, ingredients and/or material science or polymer industry 
  • Working within an international environment as well as in a matrix organization
  • Commitment to Continuous Improvement
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Project Management techniques, tools & processes necessary to accomplish these tasks

 Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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