Food Processing, Product Development & Ingredient Innovations, Research & Development
Ingredion is hiring a Principal Technologist responsible to provide technical and project leadership towards the development of new ingredients and food systems based on fruits and vegetables. As technical lead, you will participate in cross functional teams to drive projects from concept to commercialization, adding value to ingredients through processing and blending with other materials. Daily activities will include characterizing raw materials and foods with techniques such as titration & other wet chemistry, HPLC (and other separation techniques), and rheology. The ingredients/systems developed will have improved new and/or unique functionality that will enhance our differentiated portfolio of ingredients, primarily focused on the clean and simple space. In addition, the Principal Technologist will develop fundamental understanding of how ingredients interact within given food systems to allow manipulation of texture and other properties. He/she will support various customer engagements and new product development projects through in depth understanding of functional ingredients enriched with knowledge of physical properties of food products.
As a Principal Technologist, your responsibilities will include:
Providing technical leadership and driving a range of Applied Research and New Product Development projects and prioritizing efforts to deliver on most important and commercially significant projects.
Leading and supporting new ingredient initiatives and ensuring material composition and characterization is leveraged appropriately.
Serving as a subject matter expert on fruit and vegetable processing and product development.
Using scientific expertise to proactively develop and progress ideas for new product innovations to drive future business growth.
Taking a lead role in the ongoing development of chemical and structural analysis, and mechanical testing excellence. Being a recognized expert in ingredient design and materials science principals, internally and externally.
Encouraging and driving invention and interfacing externally to develop relationships with academia and relevant profession organizations.
Collaborating with colleagues from Research, Development, Marketing, Technical Services and other groups to support new business opportunities
The Principal Technologist position is well-suited for you if you:
Have an entrepreneurial mind-set with a passion for creating new solutions for the food industry.
Are independent and self-motivated and have a desire to drive innovation.
Are flexible and able to rapidly adapt to changing priorities.
Are intellectually curious and willing to continuously learn.
BS/MS in Food Science, Materials Science, Plant Science, Chemical Engineering or related field with 3 to 5+ years of fruit and vegetable processing, research, product development or fruit and vegetable derived ingredients (pectin, fibers, etc.) experience is required.
Experience with mechanical (physical properties) measurement techniques (e.g. rheology and microscopy) preferred.
Experience in compositional analysis and working knowledge of utilizing food, material and polymer science principles to develop structure-function understanding of materials.
Hands-on experience in HPLC, GC, LCMS, and GCMS is a plus, with knowledge and experience in analytical method development and technical transfer is a plus.
Food Product Development experience, with knowledge and application of starches and hydrocolloids is a plus.
Experience with experimental design, statistical data analysis, and interpretation of results, preferred.
Proven ability to work in diverse teams, tight timelines, and multiple projects.
Ingredion Incorporated is a leading global ingredient solutions provider to the food, beverage, brewing and pharmaceutical industries as well as numerous industrial sectors. We are committed to supplying our customers with quality, innovative ingredient solutions that are on trend and in demand. Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Westchester, Illinois, we turn corn, tapioca, potatoes and othe...r raw materials into a myriad of ingredients. With more than 11,000 employees around the world, we serve customers in more than 60 diverse markets in over 100 countries.Through strategic acquisitions, organic growth, and innovative research and development, we are providing unique product offerings to growing markets. Our starches, sweeteners, texturants and nutritionals are used by our customers to provide everything from sweetness, taste and texture to immune system support, fat replacement and adhesive strength.Each day, we live our Company Values—Safety, Quality, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Innovation—so that we may create enduring, mutual value for our customers, business associates, communities, colleagues and shareholders. At Ingredion we want each person to feel part of a globally connected team that’s inspired to achieve.