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RD&A Senior Technologist

Requisition ID 29632
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Research and Development 
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Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Where you'll work

The Global Kerry Applied Health and Nutrition (AH&N) division presents a vast portfolio of advanced Technologies (Excipients, Cell Nutrition, Vinegar, Enzymes, Brewing Ingredients, Proteins, Proactive Health, Food Protection).  AH&N supports Kerry’s alignment with industry trends such as nutrition, clean label and food safety while the vast portfolio of advanced technologies serves the food, animal nutrition, biotech, fermentation and pharmaceutical markets. Customers come to us for our innovative ideas and integrated solutions, assured that Kerry is where it all comes together for our customers.

What you'll do

The RD&A Senior Technologist reports to the RD&A Manager of Product Advancement to accelerate timelines for prototype development from bench to scale up based on customer needs and consumer marketplace trends, in partnership with Business Development, Operations, Regulatory and Finance teams.  The candidate is responsible for downstream development and formulation of multi-functional preservation ingredients for food products.  This will be achieved through benchtop, pilot scale and factory trials involving fermented and spray dried ingredients, product characterization, systems integration, and literature searches.  You will actively lead and participate in proactive and reactive product technology projects, coordinate product introductions & commercializations, and actively collaborate with other pillars within the global Food Protection & Preservation team. 

Core Tasks:

Execute Participate in internal and external customer requests to satisfy project needs from concept through commercialization and troubleshooting.  This would involve activities such as:
Participation in ideation/brainstorming.
Preparing project and experimental plans
Matching competitive products
Formulation optimization
Execute internal processes through Kerry systems
Ability to understand and troubleshoot processes
Participate in fact-based conceptual design of prototypes and process design to match customer needs. Work with the tools of product characterization, predictive product specifications, basic process modeling, process flow diagrams (PFD and P&ID), and process mapping for various unit operations for scale up and facility optimizations. 
Provide hands-on optimization and troubleshooting support for manufacturing processes which may include fermentation, spray drying, freeze drying, centrifugation, filtration, pelletizing, evaporation, pasteurization, and sterilization.  Experience or exposure to these processes are critical to success in this role. Process development will be performed in cooperation with the process design group and internal experts.
Incorporate knowledge and key learnings into technology transfer report to create a smooth hand over to Operations and other stakeholders.
Additional Tasks:

Identify, with manager, priorities, goals and objectives for projects.
Set clear targets for him/herself and identify path on how to get there.
Take full ownership of projects, know when he/she is accountable for making a decision and when to escalate to a higher level.
Perform as the technical team lead during pilot plant runs, production scale-ups and commercialization at Kerry facilities or at external partner sites.
Actively contribute to the standardization of a toolbox for troubleshooting, process improvement and risk reduction on both pilot and manufacturing scales.
Support and coordinate intellectual property for relevant expertise in communication with Regulatory, Marketing, and Sales.
Expand network of collaborators to include global Kerry network for completion of projects and initiatives.
Build relationships and networks within greater Kerry as necessary to complete projects.
Deliver succinct, relevant and professional project updates and presentations internally & externally.
Seek feedback on performance from manager and actively incorporate into key skills and behavior development.

Where you'll need to be successful

•    Education and Experience
o    MS or PhD in food science, chemical engineering, bioprocess engineering, or another related field.
o    3-5 years of experience in a similar role is required.
•    Competencies
o    Strong systems formulation experience to accelerate timelines for development from concept to scale up.
o    Strong background in food chemistry, food processing, sensory, food packaging systems and food engineering.
o    Experience with food processing while understanding hygienic and sanitary standards.
o    Experience working with industrial processing (i.e., fermentation, spray drying, freeze drying, centrifugation, filtration, pelletizing, evaporation, pasteurization and sterilization).
o    Strives for high standards, seeks solutions, drives continuous improvement of products and processes and demonstrates some intellectual curiosity.
o    Good communication skills and intercultural sensitivity.
o    Has a hands-on, get the job done mentality.
o    Takes initiative in results interpretation and presentation.  Strong ability to incorporate cost in use calculations/models and production processes.
o    Willingness to travel (15-30%).

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. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .                                                                                                         

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