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R&D Scientist
Ardent Mills - Denver, CO

 

 

About Us

Welcome to Ardent Mills™, a new company, born from two industry pioneers, ConAgra Mills® and Horizon Milling®. We are a company dedicated to helping you grow in a challenging marketplace. We offer the industry’s broadest range of flours, mixes, blends and specialty products, customized to meet your needs and backed by unrivaled technical support, customer service and the supply assurance of a coast-to-coast network of 40 community mills, three bakery-mix centers and a specialty bakery.

Ardent Mills vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills employs more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies. We are Ardent Mills, working with you for the good of grain. Right around the corner. And always ahead of the curve.

The Role

About the Function

The Ardent Mills product development lab is a central hub of research to find innovative new products with our customers, develop new grain products, and research the usability of grain products by end food manufacturers. This group plays a critical role in improving our ability to reach product quality standards, drive consistency in manufacturing output, and find new ways to connect consumers with new and innovative food products made from grains.

About the Job

This position will support the development of Ardent Mills Innovation/Growth portfolios by working with customers in our bake labs to partner on ‘concept-to-commercialization’ experiments, driving innovative use of new using ingredients to drive successful new products into the market.

The R&D Scientist will serve on cross functional teams to support translation of customer needs into R&D projects and customer solutions. This will entail the development and execution of scientific research; the analysis, interpretation and communication of results; and scale-up of commercial solutions with and for Ardent Mills customers.

The Scientist must have excellent interpersonal, relationship building and communication skills and be willing to work closely with new customers independently or as part of a team across organizational boundaries within Ardent Mills and its customer’s organization.

Key Accountabilities

  • Contributes to innovation by supporting identification of short and long term customer projects
  • Supports execution of scientific studies to deliver novel grain-based solutions
  • Supports planning and execution of experiments starting from the laboratory to pilot and then commercial scale to develop functional solutions with clearly defined process and product specifications
  • Supports scale-up and commercialization of new solutions
  • Understands and complies with corporate IP policies and procedures and provides technical expertise to the development and protection of intellectual property within project scope
  • Collaborates with RQT to support the development and delivery of technical training for internal customers
  • Proactively cultivates a broad network of contacts both within and outside the organization & actively uses network to support execution of Ardent Mills projects
  • Anticipates customer requirements through regular customer interactions & by staying abreast of trends
  • Boldly and proactively represent Ardent Mills via technical publications and presentations, and with scientific organizations and key customers
  • Independently prepares & delivers oral and written communication for technical/non-technical audiences

Skills & Experience

  • M.S. degree in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Grain Science, or Milling Science
  • 8+ years of industry experience developing and commercializing grain based solutions
  • Ability to travel 30% for business.
  • Skills (applied knowledge and technical skills directly related to this position)
  • Strong technical knowledge (ingredient functionality particularly in Cereal Science/Baking and Milling Science)
  • Demonstrated technical curiosity, creativity, and ability to innovate (implement creativity to reach a business goal).
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, manage and execute multiple technical projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a cross-functional team
  • Exercises independent judgment and discretion on the job
  • Highly motivated, self-starter, demonstrated ability to learn, not afraid to take on ambiguous tasks
  • Positive and flexible working style, able to develop a positive working relationships with others
  • Must be self motivated, flexible, organized, with the ability to handle changing priorities

Other

Ardent Mills is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions, and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of Ardent Mills.

Required experience:

  • developing/commercializing grain-based solutions: 8 years

Required education:

  • Master's

 

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