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Beverage Flavor Applications Scientist - Decatur, IL


Research & Development


For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 31,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. With more than 270 processing plants, 470 crop procurement facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 140 countries. For more information about ADM and its products, visit

Beverage Flavor Applications Scientist – Decatur, IL

ADM Research

This is a full time, exempt position

The research group of Archer Daniels Midland Co. is actively seeking an individual with the following qualifications. This position will work across all of ADM’s business units and product lines to support the development and applications of various ADM ingredients, particularly vegetable proteins, in beverages. This position will also serve as the in-house technical expert for flavors in beverages across all categories.


  • Create beverage prototypes to achieve specific flavor and nutrition targets
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with flavor suppliers
  • Assist customers in the formulation of beverage and nutritional applications. Provide customers with training in the use of ADM ingredients through presentations and bench/pilot experimentation. Attend customer plant trials and provide troubleshooting assistance when required.
  • Active laboratory and pilot plant experimentation
  • Provide feedback on performance and functionality to ingredient development chemists to improve existing or to create new market-relevant ingredients
  • Work closely with sensory science department to generate data needed for marketing purposes and to optimize flavor and texture profiles


  • B.S. or M.S. Degree in Food Science or related field of study
  • 5-10 years of experience in the use of flavors and juices in beverages and/or nutritional products
  • Detailed understanding of flavor systems, flavor maskers and flavor interactions with sweeteners and acidulants
  • Knowledge of texture modifying ingredients such as proteins and hydrocolloids in the formulation of beverages
  • Must be able to work independently on research projects related to the application of vegetable-based protein ingredients, particularly soy proteins in the above mentioned application areas
  • Must possess good interpersonal skills and the ability to work and relate directly to individuals from the areas of marketing, sales and production
  • Must be self-motivated and be willing to work with their hands
  • Must be a team player and have good written and verbal communication skills.

The position would require approximately 25% travel and will be based in Decatur, IL.



Relocation assistance is available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life, vision, and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.

ADM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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