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RD&A Principal Scientist

​Requisition ID: 51243 
Position Type:
(US)Full Time 
Workplace Arrangement:  

About Kerry

Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.

What will you do?

  • Working in a fast-paced environment, responsible for the application and demonstration of ingredient products sold to into the bakery and related industries.
  • Design and conduct research including new product development and application work for the bakery industry.
  • Maintain an active working knowledge of a range of Kerry technologies and innovations.
  • Work with cross functional groups to optimize the strengths of Kerry and deliver the best technical Taste and Nutrition experience for our customers.
  • Field customer requests both internal and external to satisfy project needs from a conceptual phase through troubleshooting, commercialization and plant level manufacturing.
  • Establish a relationship with our customers, working through our bakery and related sales and marketing teams.
  • Strong bakery formulation knowledge and experience in a commercial bakery plant or R&D facility setting.
  • Understanding and experience in the functionalities and application of enzymes, emulsifiers, functional proteins, taste ingredients and other technologies in the context of bakery formulations.
  • Scientific knowledge of basic ingredient interactions and roles in bakery formulations, such as flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, salt, water, as well as other functional ingredients which may be added for processing benefits, shelf-life, texture, product quality, etc.
  • Understanding of different bakery products such as yeast raised, chemically leavened, laminated; and processing such as sheeting, molding, rounding, depositing, proofing, frying, baking, continuous and batch, etc. Demonstrated ability to use basic bakery-related analytical equipment, this includes; thermal profiling, pH meter, viscosity (various methods), specific gravity, product dimension measurement, texture analyzer, dough rheology (by feel is fine), etc.
  • Familiarity with more specialized bakery equipment is a plus or an interest in learning how to use these is a requirement. This includes; C-cell (other crumb analyzer), Texture Profile Analyses, Mixolab (or similar dough rheology measurement), VolScan (or similar bread volume analyzer), Rheometer (dough and batter rheology), and others as necessary.

What will you need to be Successful?

  • Minimum BSc/MSc in Food Science/ Cereal Processing/ related scientific field with experience in data collation, analyses and reporting (verbal and written for technical and non-technical audiences) using a scientific approach.
  • Industrial experience of 10+ years desirable
  • Strong technical knowledge across a variety of bakery processes, formulations, technologies and ingredients.
  • Team player, willing to support and work with technology focused scientists and the bakery team both in Kerry and with our sales staff and their customers.
  • Good communicator, both verbal and written with attention to detail Ability to perform consistently in a fast-paced environment by trouble shooting and problem-solving Capacity to be flexible and multi-task, ability to work to challenging timelines.
  • Desire and willingness to learn more about new bakery technologies and processing equipment's.
  • Strong background in food/ cereal chemistry, sensory, spoilage, food packaging with bakery operational experience or processing knowledge preferable.

Compensation Data

The typical hiring range for this role is $121,000 to $187,000 annually and is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, location, etc.  In addition to your pay, Kerry offers benefits such as a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and retirement contribution (all benefits and incentives are subject to eligibility requirements).  

​Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. Additional information can be found at: Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal (                              

Beware of scams online or from individuals claiming to represent us. A Kerry employee will not solicit candidates through a non-Kerry email address or phone number. In addition, Kerry does not currently utilise video chat rooms (e.g., Google Hangouts) to conduct interviews. Refuse any request that asks you to provide payment to participate in the hiring process (e.g., purchasing a “starter kit,” investing in training, or something similar). Kerry will not ask you to pay any money at any point in the hiring process with the exception of reimbursable travel expenses. In addition, any payments made by Kerry will be from official firm accounts bearing the Kerry name.      

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