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Process Scientist-Nixa

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

About the role

Work in the Fermentation Process Science group in partnership with relevant Fermented Ingredient operations, manufacturing, process engineering, quality, R&D and business teams to develop and optimize processes for multi-functional fermented and spray dried food ingredients.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide oversight of the day to day activities and results bridging quality and operations.Provide technical guidance and training to ensure quality testing results impact is communicated and understood.
  • Design and conduct experiments to support new product research commercialization and the process development of multi-functional food ingredients.
  • Design and conduct experiments for efficiency and cost savings initiatives.
  • Drive continuous improvement of current products and processes. 
  • Implement yield and activity improvements.
  • Utilize design of experiments, current scientific techniques.
  • Competent in bench top microbiology, aseptic technique, plating, transfer & culture maintenance.
  • Experience or exposure to food fermentation pilot or production equipment/activities (fermenters, spray dryers, freeze dryers, dairy/meat equipment, centrifugation, filtration, pelletizing, evaporation, sterilization, pasteurization).
  • Work in pilot plant and support production scale ups and commercialization.
  • Work with cross functional groups to optimize the strengths of Kerry and deliver the best Taste and Nutrition experience for our customers.
  • Strives for high standards, seeks innovative solutions, drives continuous improvement of products and processes and demonstrates a high degree of intellectual curiosity.
  • Work directly with customers to solve technical issues that may arise.
  • Must be able to taste and smell chemicals, flavors and food products

Qualifications and skills

  • Experience in vinegar fermentation

  • BS in Microbiology, Food Science, or a related Field. MS in Food Science, Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Biochemistry, Biology or other technical related field is preferred

  • Strong Technical background in food chemistry, food processing, sensory, microbiology, food packaging systems and food engineering. Product development expertise in related field

  • Teamplayer

  • Problem solving skills 

  • Analytical

  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams at multi levels within the organization

  • Excellente interpersonal - communication skills

  • Flexible and resilient 

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 .                                                                                                         

Nearest Major Market: Springfield

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