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Job Title:

Application Technologist, Savory Flavors

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Hoffman Estates, IL

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Job Summary

The Savory Applications Technologist independently develops standard and innovative food products to demonstrate Sensient Savory flavors in support of existing and new business growth opportunities at target customers. Effectively communicates the features and benefits of Sensient Savory product lines through presentations to customers, sales and internal management. Manages multitask projects and leads cross functional teams.


  • Conducts hands on prototype development on bench 70-80% of time; manages multiple projects and tasks with changing priorities; recognizes problems, gathers and interprets significant data to find creative solutions to complex issues. Recommends off shelf solutions for customer requests where appropriate through familiarity with Sensient product catalog and databases.
  • Enters and maintains accurate and thorough records of work, including project status, formulations, process instructions, flavor evaluations, flavor and application libraries and supporting documents such as customer technical data sheets, nutrition facts, shipment documentation and other as required.
  • Collaborates with Creative, Sensory, Analytical, Purchasing, Quality, Regulatory, Production, Marketing, Sales and other department teams to ensure product development meets benchmarks set by customer. Leads cross functional team activities.
  • Identifies and focuses resources on new technologies, ingredients, processes and food/flavor trends that will provide innovative solutions to customer and industry challenges.
  • Serves as technical resource for customers and internal teams; effectively communicates features and benefits of Sensient Savory product lines through presentations to customers, sales and management. Travels to support customer projects, demos, production or to participate in trade shows or continuing education.
  • Participates in formal Sensory panels as well as day to day organoleptic evaluations/screening of flavors and application prototypes.
  • Conducts testing of Savory application products and/or flavors as appropriate including basic analytical, process, stability and shelf life testing. Proficient in operating multiple pieces of equipment on bench and in pilot plant per SOPís.
  • Communicates effectively to keep account manager, customer and Technical Services Manager apprised of project status. Ensures that projects are completed and submissions made in a timely manner and manages expectations with account manager and customer.
  • Expands technical and professional knowledge through collaboration with internal teams and mentors, customer interaction and professional development seminars, trade shows or technical workshops as agreed on by Technical Services Manager.
  • Assists in developing technical ability of Junior or Associate Food Technologists through coaching, feedback and joint project assignments. Participates in training visitors (sales, affiliates, new hires).
  • Assists in maintaining a safe and professional environment; complies with government and company safety directives.


Bachelorís Degree in food science, chemistry or related technical area and a minimum of 3-7 years experience in the food industry with a background in product development. Demonstrated understanding of food ingredients, processing and flavor application with expertise in key industry market products and ability to accurately formulate finished food products. Excellent organoleptic skills and knowledge of sensory language required. Must be competent to deliver formal presentations. Must possess excellent mathematical skills, reading comprehension and proficiency in required computer systems including internal custom programs.

About Sensient Flavors

Sensientís BioPharma & Savory Division is a global manufacturer of specialty ingredients that have wide applications in specific markets of food, fermentation, animal foods and nutrition. Our portfolio includes a complete range of, yeast products, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins and dairy hydrolysates.

Savory Flavors
Our vertically-integrated facilities deliver the industryís finest savory flavors and flavor enhancers -- ranging from ingredients used in soups, sauces, entrees, meat, fish, poultry, snacks and vegetables.

Sensient experts draw upon a wide range of ingredients, top notes, core flavors, botanical extracts and enhancers to deliver authentic, innovative solutions. Sensient offers manufacturers the industryís widest range of flavors and flavor enhancers, including Culinary Flavors, Salt Enhancers, MSG Replacers, Finishing Notes, and DairyBoostô Cheese Flavors.

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