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Process Scientist

Requisition ID 16424
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Research and Development 
Posting Type DNI

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.

About the role

The Principal Scientist – Fermentation is responsible for supporting current and future production needs through process optimization, assist with toll production and evaluation of new technologies.  You will lead and participate in proactive and reactive fermented ingredient product and process technology projects, coordinate product introductions & commercialization, lead and participate on innovative interdepartmental and global teams with a key focus on yield and economic improvement initiatives.

Key responsibilities

We will count on you to improve existing bacterial production strains and their respective fermentation processes as well as lead the technology transfer from R&D to manufacturing and providing troubleshooting support at our production site in Rochester, MN, as well as third-party sites.

  • Lead yield / process improvement optimization of existing production processes to maximize the capacity for the Rochester site. Design and conduct experiments, set clear priorities, goals and objectives for multi-disciplinary cross-functional project teams. 
  • Develop cost efficient robust recipes, processes and application stability through a thorough understanding of product design and the fundamental biochemical interactions occurring in the process.              
  • Mentor fellow Process Scientists and Engineers, and RD&A Scientists by providing clear technical and scientific guidance.
  • Assist Quality group in the resolution of technical issues, assist with training on products/processes, audit of testing methodologies, support and guidance on quality decisions affecting product safety, quality and consistency.       
  • Support Operations with guidance on impact to product in standard work practices/SOPs, new equipment purchase/installation, modifications to workcenter design, process changes, manufacturing delays and anomalies.
  • Liaising with the existing AH&N technical support for the region and developing a good working relationship with Global and Regional process technologies and application teams.  Leverage and share the best practices between Fermentation Technology sites.
  • Drive the Continuous Improvement for the Technology process.
  • Toll Manufacturing relationship – assist in the evaluation of the strategic alliances from the R&D, product development aspect for AH&N.
  • Management of the Fermented Ingredients seed train to best in class standards.

Qualifications and skills

  • MS, PhD or equivalent experience in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, food science, biology or other related fields.  Process engineering experience/knowledge is advantageous.
  • 7-10 years of experience in a similar role is required.
  • Strong knowledge of fermentation and the downstream processes required for product production.
  • Knowledge of the quality requirements and customer expectations for ingredients sold into food and nutrition markets.
  • Able to translate a concept into a workable manufacturing process.
  • Must be able to work independently, without direct supervision, as well as work in a team environment.
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving and technical skills.

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: Rochester MN

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