Support Kalsec’s business through solving technical problems and lead Discovery, Technology Scouting, Innovation Platforms and Open Innovation.
Support the long-term strategy of the Global Research & Development group as it relates to vision and mission, sharing information, development of scientists, collaboration, support and alignment with other functions and ensuring highest quality technical work.
Provide technical expertise to support major platform and product related projects by serving as a specialist in the field, driving joint research, spiraling projects with key customers, and evaluating new technology and consultants.
Coordinate with the rest of the R&D team to jointly innovate in core products, new products and novel research and ideas.
Essential Job Functions:
Lead and develop strategies to best execute and manage research projects to solve Kalsec technical challenges.
Ensure the team prepares detailed reports describing research efforts, and when appropriate, present research results to scientific conferences, customers, Kalsec staff and/or other groups.
Stay current on new, emerging technology and competitive products (trade shows, journals, patents, etc.)
Oversee the continued training and development of Discovery scientists.
Work collaboratively with the core Innovation groups to ensure fluidity of concept, product, technology and project exchange and transfer.
Work collaboratively with the Product Directors to ensure appropriate Innovation targets and corresponding allocation of resources.
Work with Sales to ensure Innovations targets are will meet customer needs, collecting & sharing feedback on market trends and key customer learnings.
Ensure and instate an environment where the Discovery & Open Innovation staff are working productively and efficiently, applying sound scientific methodology, being responsive to internal and external customer needs, staying current on Kalsec internal technology and outside technology, identify and develop new skills, and proactively present new ideas for new concepts.
Develop opportunities with existing and prospective customers by serving as the science champion.
Collect intelligence on competitors, new technology, key customers, markets and industry trends.
Oversee major collaborations and research contracts where involvement is seen as key to a likely successful outcome
Conduct regular meetings with the Discovery & Open Innovation scientists to ensure a successful advancement of research projects and allocation of resources.
Measure and track ROI as it pertains to lab effort and commercial success of customer projects.
Support Kalsec’s business strategy and profitability targets.
Work with Sr. VP of Global R&D to ensure alignment in objectives with the commercial teams, and with the overall Kalsec objectives
PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering, Food Science, or a related degree.
Proven track record in managing high performance teams.
Outstanding written and verbal presentation skills.
Self-starter and problem solver; teambuilding skills; strong organizational skills.
Proven successful project management experience.
Experience with natural products and functional ingredients.
About Kalsec, Inc
Kalsec® is the leading global producer of natural spice and herb flavor extracts, natural colors, natural antioxidants and advanced hop products that help food and beverage companies make their products look better, taste better and last longer...naturally. For over 50 years, we have added value to our Customer’s brands by providing safe, reliable, innovative natural solutions while respecting the people and planet in which we interact.
Why Kalsec®?We offer outstanding career opportunities for those striving to develop their talents in a family owned, globally focused company. We nurture a culture driven by creativity and innovation, while respecting an employee’s desire for stability and a strong work/life balance.Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kalsec® has delivered a brand built on honesty, integrity and trust that will keep us sustainable for the next 100 years. Continued growth of our business has resulted in offices worldwide including Asia, Europe, Mexico and North America.