Food Chemistry, Food Health & Nutrition, Food Microbiology
Come join our team in Nutrition and Health!
The incumbent will be a member of the Madison-based R&D group, specifically the Culture Development team within the Live Culture Inoculants group. In this role, they will be expected to conduct independent research as part of multifunctional project teams, based on specific business goals as set by the Health & Protection leadership. As needed, the individual will be expected to lead projects and project teams and eventually manage direct reports. Direction will come from the Culture Development US Group manager. Research activities and responsibilities will be integrated into the overall global Technology as part of Health & Protection within Nutrition and Health.
The principle focus will be the research of lactic acid bacterial strains with the objective of developing new and improved starter cultures for the food (specifically dairy) fermentation industry. A thorough understanding of the physiological role of microbes in the fermentation process is vital for identifying biochemical and genetic traits in the microbe essential to the process. It is expected that the incumbent will master specific technical skills commensurate with modern microbiology that include molecular biological methods and genomic analyses sufficiently to independently perform such work and instruct others as well.
To conduct basic and product development research on microbial cultures and food ingredients for the fermented food industry. Application of microbiological and molecular biological approaches towards a greater understanding for microbial interactions and processes in food fermentations. This position will work most closely within the local and global Culture Development R&D team and cross-functionally with technical teams involved on customer applications and manufacturing. The individual is expected to be able to function both independently and within a project team environment by execution of laboratory experiments and providing the technical expertise and leadership for the research and development of new products, methods, processes and basic knowledge in support of business directives.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Executes experimental research plans in accordance with technical and business priorities and objectives.
Identifies, assesses and develops new scientific concepts and/or technologies to provides solutions to identified problems.
In conjunction with Group Managers and Senior Scientists, establishes the agenda, priorities and work plans; manages project teams in PCF – including planning project activities, tasks and end results, including work breakdown estimated, responsibilities, schedules and budgets. Approves project plans, as appropriate and gains approval for changes in scope, budget or time prior to execution of work.
Provides proper feedback and recognition of teamwork and team accomplishments on a regular basis.
Maintains a broad-based external knowledge of research and emerging technologies sourced globally, across relevant fields of study. Build and maintain scientific credibility and visibility in support of the business. Build and manage internal and external collaborations/partnerships in the discovery, R&D and commercialization of novel food protection technologies.
Translates program strategies and project objectives into COTs. Manages portfolio of projects to deliver on time and on budget.
Ensure appropriate level of interaction and direction with key internal stakeholders and partners, including business, SAFI, IDBs, T&BD, CR&D, Regulatory, Legal, Safety & Quality, Project Management Office, HR and other relevant groups.
Manages projects and laboratories in accordance with all SHE policies and programs and quality assurance standards
Master’s Degree or PhD in Microbiology, Biology, Food Science, or related field, and a minimum of 10 years experience.
Research experience with lactic acid bacteria and food fermentation, preferably in an industrial application.
Knowledge and experience with molecular biology methodologies and bioinformatics.
Demonstrated direct management of staff and demonstrated project management skills (min 6-years)
Ability to manage projects and programs, including complex, multidisciplinary approaches; ability to prioritize, manage and deliver against multiple assignments in a fast-paced, fluid environment, including managing the budget.
Excellent technical writing skills and the ability to produce clear, accurate reports and presentations to the Technology and business stakeholders.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal. Ability to motivate and guide the efforts of others to successful project completion as well as successfully manage communication internally and externally.