Innovation Principal Scientist in Carthage MO

CPS, Inc. (Consumer Products Laboratory Division)
Innovation Principal Scientist
Job ID: 
Carthage MO
Not Specified
Job Types:
Food Technol/Scientist, Research Technician
Employment Type:
Full Time

Innovation Principal Scientist

This is a newly created position for the Innovation Principal Scientist that will be based in MO within our Ingredient Solutions division. This individual will work on customer driven and innovative type projects conducting a lot of bench prototyping and pilot plant work. Ideally, looking for someone with a background in dairy chemistry – dairy casing and dairy milkfat micronutrient experience within the product development space. The travel will be about 30-50% and certainly more to 50% if they are working remotely. This position does have quite a bit of customer interaction, hence the travel requirement.

In this position, you will have a key role in delivering innovation projects that support company Ingredient Solutions’ growth strategy. You will lead the research, prototyping and development of innovative ingredients applying emerging and existing technologies to generate value to our family farm owners through new ingredients that drive profitable growth. Will be an essential collaborator in identifying and driving strategic initiatives within the technical, marketing, and sales functions. Be expected to use internal and external resources, including marketplace intelligence, to bring creative and innovative dairy ingredient ideas forward for strategic evaluation. Practice sound scientific principals and experimental design to development and determining solutions with emphasis on advanced nutrition, taste, and flavor ingredients. In tune with food industry trends. Passion for product development and a curiosity for discovery. To be successful you will be self-motivated, driven, creative, while also being pragmatic.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strong knowledge in dairy proteins and/or fats. Strong knowledge in milk and dairy component fractions (macros and micronutrients) is preferred
  • Organize and prioritize work activities independently and with a disciplined approach
  • Design and execute detailed project plans, including timelines
  • Manage projects and deliverables to support strategic business initiatives and deadlines
  • Drive growth through collaboration and continuous improvement through a high level of professionalism, initiative, and creativity
  • Ability to excel in a rapid, deadline-driven setting, with flexibility to balance shifting priorities to push strategic projects to conclusion
  • Develop new ingredients through research, prototyping bench samples, pilot plant samples, and supporting commercial production trials
  • Accurately document and effectively communicate research results to team members, cross-functional teams, and leadership
  • Drive Innovations into company Ingredient Solutions by screening and vetting external technologies
  • Seek out additional projects and activities to drive business growth
  • Participate as technical liaison on cross functional teams to support company Ingredient Solutions Innovation growth
  • Actively contributes to maintaining and continued improvement of laboratory and pilot plant working environments
  • Ensure that all SOPs pertaining to safety, food safety, good manufacturing practice, and laboratory / pilot equipment operations are followed
  • Create technical documents related to new product development include: Manufacturing instructions, nutritional information, ingredient statements, analytical and microbial testing requirements
  • Utilizes and maintains proficiency in software systems, including but not limited to, formulation (PLM), production (ERP), sales (CRM)
  • Participates in sensory panels
  • Maintain safe working conditions for employees and compliance with all state and federal regulations regarding health and safety issues
  • Dedicate effort to safety as we expect every employee to leave work in the same condition as they arrive
  • Follow all company good manufacturing practices (GMP) and work in a manner consistent with all corporate regulatory, food safety, quality, and sanitation requirements
  • Exhibit the values and ethics of company through honesty, discretion, and sound judgment
  • Adhere to all company Quality, Safety and GMP policies and procedures and report any nonconformity
  • Attend required training, including but not limited to, Safety, GMP/GLP, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), and Safe Quality Foods (SQF)
  • The requirements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employee, but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Other duties may be assigned

Technical Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in food/dairy science, microbiology, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering or related field required (work experience may be substituted for the required graduate education on a year-for-year basis)
  • 8+ years of experience working in R&D, product development, or innovation at food or ingredient company preferred
  • Leadership experience / capability is highly desired with strong communication skills as this position is highly visible to the technical team and executive management

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO: 239.21KO

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