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Lead Scientist, Wholesome Food Solutions - Decatur, IL

Company: Archer Daniels Midland Company
Location: Decatur
Posted on: June 19, 2022

Job Description:

Lead Scientist, Wholesome Food Solutions, Decatur, IL
Research & Development
This is an exempt position.

Position Summary:

The research group of Archer Daniels Midland Company is actively seeking an individual to serve as Lead Scientist in Science and Technology for Wholesome Food Solutions. The position will serve the following primary functions:

  • Serve as an ADM subject matter expert in wholesome food solutions, working closely with ingredient specialists and product developers to optimize current and new wholesome ingredients across the wholesome food spectrum, including snacks, bars, and adjacent systems, experience working in other foods application is a plus;
  • Provide technical guidance on formulation/production for customers using ADM ingredients in food applications, when needed;
  • Apply knowledge of experimental design, sensory science, performance specifications, and technical tools in food product design using of wholesome food ingredients in food applications;
  • Identify and guide the research and development of new wholesome food ingredients to further expand into different food applications.
  • This scientist should have experience in formulating various food applications, such as snacks/bakery products, nutritional mixes/beverages, meat alternatives, and dairy/dairy alternatives, with an understanding of production and able to provide technical solutions for troubleshooting.
    Job Responsibilities:
    • Act as the subject matter expert on wholesome food solutions for snacks/bars/bakery products including future opportunities with other wholesome products, such as nutritional mixes/beverages, meat alternatives, and dairy/dairy alternatives.
    • Provide guidance and support to internal and external customers, colleagues, and teams based on the technical and scientific knowledge of ingredient interactions.
    • Evaluate wholesome and novel ingredients for their suitability in snacks, bars, and other food applications with respect to nutrition, functionality, stability, processing, and food safety.
    • Provide feedback to ingredient experts on existing or new functional ingredients to optimize their performance in wholesome foods.
    • Able to design food prototypes using wholesome food ingredients to achieve specific nutritional benefits, functionality, performance, and overall sensory targets.
    • Participate on global applications platform teams to share expertise and information across the company to drive more unique wholesome foods to the customer.
    • Work closely with sensory science department to generate data needed for marketing and development purposes and to understand flavor and texture changes in applications over shelf-life.
    • Provide internal and external training in the use of wholesome ingredients in food concepts including, but not limited to, bars/snack systems through presentations, from bench top to scale up.
    • Participate on cross-functional teams with colleagues from Sales, Marketing, Operations, Technology, etc. as the needed.
    • Gain and maintain excellent knowledge of the wholesome food market, manufacturers, and customer trends by working closely with ADM marketing groups and attending webinars and trade shows.
      Job Requirements:
      • Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science or related field of study, Masters or higher preferred.
      • Must have 5-10 years' experience actively developing snacks and/or bars, knowledge in other applications is a plus.
      • Good understanding of ingredient science, interactions, and functionality in food applications in the development of clean label solutions.
      • Strong expertise utilizing functional and wholesome ingredients such as proteins, fibers, and sweeteners in food applications.
      • Basic understanding of FDA's nutrition facts and ingredient statement regulations.
      • Must be willing to work on the bench actively developing/evaluating snack and other applications.
      • Fundamental knowledge of formulation and processing to change flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, or physical, chemical, and microbiological composition of snack applications.
      • Good understanding of characterization and analytical test methods associated through food chemistry and food analysis.
      • Possess excellent project management skills to prioritize projects and move multiple projects to completion simultaneously.
      • Must be able to work independently and be self-motivated, can do attitudes.
      • Possess openness to expanding knowledge in other application areas.
      • Must possess good interpersonal skills and the ability to work and relate directly to individuals from the areas of food science, production, sales, marketing, and commercial teams.
      • Must be a team player and have good written and verbal communication skills.
      • The position requires approximately 20% travel and will be based in Decatur, IL.
        Relocation assistance is available with this position.

        This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life, vision, and dental insurance.

        ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.

        ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veteran status.
        About ADM: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 is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.Ref ID#LI-NA2

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