Principal Food Scientist in Erlanger KY

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Archer Daniels Midland - WILD Flavors
Principal Food Scientist
Job ID: 
Erlanger KY
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Job Types:
Flavorist, Food Technol/Scientist, Nutritionist
Employment Type:
Full Time

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at

Principal Food Scientist
This is an exempt, full time position.

Position Summary:
This role focuses on the development of better-for-you snack foods that will include bars, clusters, extruded snacks/cereals and other applications. Candidate should have expertise in formulating food products crafted to deliver health and nutritional benefits. Candidate should have an understanding of the nutritional composition of functional ingredients such as proteins (soy, pea, nut, etc.), plant-based ingredients (fiber, antioxidants, adaptogens, etc.), vitamins, minerals and others; experience formulating to optimize for the impact of these ingredients on taste, texture, interactions; and knowledge of the stability of these ingredients through processing and over time.

Job Responsibilities:
Serve as technical expert in targeted segment; develop and expand our application portfolio, formulate and make benchtop products; identify and source new ingredients; identify new technology areas and provide justified recommendations for selected area(s)
Collaborate with the internal team and lead/participate in cross-functional teams; share knowledge and train colleagues; may supervise direct reports and/or mentor other employees
Develop and maintain customer relationships; lead customer projects, including the development of formulations for specific customer requests; support customers throughout product lifecycle from ideation to commercialization/scale-up
Optimize new and existing formulations to increase margin and reduce complexity; develop formulations in a manner to continue supporting the overall growth and profitability of the organization

Required Skills:
Project Management - capable of planning, coordinating and owning the efforts to accomplish a successful project
Team Leadership Skills – has positive experience in leading teams either through direct accountability of supervision or through informal leadership of others to complete a task and achieve a goal
Teamwork – able to work closely within a team and achieve productive results; able to share workload with others; able to communicate in a friendly yet business appropriate manner
Industry Knowledge – has knowledge of target industry including key companies, technologies, ingredients, cost and geographical factors; appropriate understanding of consumer drivers
People Management Skills – able to lead people through direct accountability of success factors; routine monitoring, follow-up, corrective action and reporting
Problem Solving Skills – ability to identify problem/root cause, alternative solution consideration and ultimate recommendation and selection of workable solution
Communication Skills – able to effectively communicate both verbally and in written form; comfortable presenting technical information to others; able to express ideas and needs clearly
Computer Skills – capable of using various software programs including Microsoft WORD, EXCEL and email; able to develop presentations using PowerPoint or similar program; SAP experience is desirable

Education Requirements:
BS/MS with 10+ years of experience (Food Science or related); PhD with 5-7 years of experience; High School Diploma or Associate Degree with 15+ years of experience

Additional information:
This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance

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