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Food Applications Team Lead - FMC BioPolymer

US-NJ-Ewing (Princeton)


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The following description is quite detailed. Our intention is to provide insight into the opportunity so that you can make a well-informed choice.

Opportunity Snapshot

In this position you will lead a team of scientists and technicians in solving a variety of intriguing challenges in diverse applications -- from beverages to ice cream to convenience foods -- and work directly with the world's leading food manufacturers. We are looking for a senior scientist to take on a "player/coach" role and guide our Technical Services Request team in responding to customer requests as well as in developing broad-based applications to bring to market. Quick question for you - click here Description:


Topic: Providing food product/applications development and technical services to a commercial customer base

Within the last 5 years, what role did Providing food product/applications development and technical services to a commercial customer base play in your job:


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In fact, you'll participate in newly implemented systems and processes to facilitate great ideas. Your success in this role could set you up to pursue promotional opportunities in our organization.

FMC BioPolymer is the largest and most experienced producer of carrageenan, alginates and microcrystalline cellulose worldwide. During the past 60 years, FMC BioPolymer has established a tradition for providing high quality ingredients to the Food Ingredients industry.

The Role

Reporting to the Applications Manager, North America Food & Specialty, you will provide direction to a team of about three Scientists and Technicians. This is a hands-on role in which you'll guide the team in prioritizing projects, activities and resources and also contribute to projects. Pivotal to your success will be your ability to strike the right balance between two key areas:

  • Technical Service Request (TSR) projects; the team invests up to 70% of its time and effort in this area. At any given time the team may be handling ten TSR projects, and there tends to be a good deal of back-and-forth collaboration with the customer over a period of two to three months to arrive at a final solution.
  • Growth initiatives to develop new applications opportunities and provide timely, high quality, cost-effective applications to the market that represent value. These projects may last several months.

Your activities will include:

  • Assuming accountability for the efficient execution of the projects in the TSR project pipeline and ensuring the safety of all group members.
  • Collaborating with sales professionals, marketing, and technical service to drive new application projects from ideation through commercialization.
  • Working to build the capabilities of the people in the group, and collaborating with the Food Applications Manager to create and execute meaningful development plans for team members. Quick question for you - click here Description:


Topic: Coaching, developing, and supervising technicians and food scientists

Within the last 5 years, what role did Coaching, developing, and supervising technicians and food scientists play in your job:


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  • Embracing and demonstrating shared values of ethics, safety, vision, results focus, teamwork, mutual respect, innovation, change and customer focus.
  • Evaluating and driving continuous improvement processes to gain efficiencies in day-to-day TSR management.

Note: this description is intended to provide you with a high level overview and is not an exhaustive detailing of duties and responsibilities.


To be a good fit for this opportunity you will have:

  • A bachelor's degree in Food Science or other relevant applied science; a master's or PhD is preferred.
  • Five to ten years of experience working for food specialty ingredients suppliers, including:
    • Experience working with food ingredients (preferably hyrdocolloids and cellulosics), providing product and applications development and technical services to a commercial customer base.
    • Demonstrated experience organizing, planning, and executing development projects with a 12 to 18 month timeframe and project funnel up to $10M. Quick question for you - click here Description:


Topic: Organizing, planning, and executing development projects

Within the last 5 years, what role did Organizing, planning, and executing development projects play in your job:


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  • Solid experience coaching, developing, and supervising technicians and bachelor level food scientists.
  • The ability to be effective in a fast-paced environment and shift priorities quickly and often.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

You also will need to be willing and able to travel up to 25% of the time. Most of your travel will be to call on customers in domestic locations, but you may travel internationally on occasion to visit our regional labs.


Diversity and innovation -- you'll enjoy a steady stream of fresh challenges: FMC Biopolymer offers the industry's broadest range of hydrocolloid and cellulosic products and the TSR team collaborates with customers on solutions used across the spectrum of food manufacturing. You also will take part in filling and managing the applications development project pipeline to bring new products to market (click on the "Diverse Food Solutions" tab for more information).

Career development -- we support all of our employees in developing their skills, including taking a proactive approach to succession planning. Our goal is to bring on board a professional with the potential to grow with our organization.

The "best of both worlds" -- located on the Delaware River, Ewing, NJ offers the amenities of a small community just 15 miles from Princeton, NJ, home to a number of prestigious academic entities and leaders in R&D in several industries. Our brand new North American Innovation Center is separate from, but very near FMC's corporate headquarters in Philadelphia. Relocation assistance may be available to highly qualified candidates.

Growth environment -- our new CEO, Pierre Brondeau, believes we can double our revenues in five years, and that growth will create opportunities for strong leaders.

Excellent compensation -- in addition to a competitive salary we offer comprehensive benefits that include all you would expect plus some pleasant surprises, such as retirement savings and 401(k) plans, flexible spending accounts and more.

Diverse Food Solutions

Drawing on the expertise of a network of professionals involved in developing new technologies and applications, FMC BioPolymer Food Applications group offers partnerships to world class food companies looking to increase efficiency and speed of their own research and development efforts. FMC BioPolymer offers a network of product support and development resources to leading food companies starting with the industry's broadest range of hydrocolloid and cellulosic products.

Our Applications teams innovate solutions that meet the specific needs of each customer by providing the expertise and know how to build tasty, healthy, and appealing food products. Listed are some of the services we offer to our partners in the area of bakery and confections, beverages, dairy, deserts, dressings/creams/sauces, ice cream, meats and restructured foods:

  • Providing enhanced texture and improved mouth feel.
  • Stability under ambient and refrigerated conditions.
  • Improved yields.
  • Reduced fats.
  • Mix uniformity.
  • Control melt-down/improve shape retention.
  • Extended shelf Life.
  • Stable emulsions.
  • Suspended solids.

Keys to Success

This is a customer-facing role.  Urgency can run high, and you'll need not only to be able to switch gears on the fly, but also to be comfortable with a degree of ambiguity that can result in this kind of scenario. This is applied science and the team focuses on the best solution that can be achieved within tight timeframes. The team works well together and we'll look to you to remain open about sharing ideas and insights in a relaxed and collegial way. The team has deep experience -- most have been here at least 10 years, and some 20 years or longer -- so you'll need to take a proactive approach to establishing your credibility.

About FMC

FMC Corporation is committed to providing employees with ample opportunities to contribute, lead and be recognized as innovators, to look beyond barriers to provide solutions, to be challenged in what they do and to love doing it. FMC is a S&P 500, diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century. As a global leader utilizing advanced technologies and customer-focused research and development, FMC provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to food, agriculture, pharmaceutical, specialty and related industries.

FMC employs people across a broad range of occupations in locations across the world. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. Employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career.

FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, EEO, AAE, MFDV and supports a drug free workplace.

FMC Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE M/F/D/V


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