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Process Scientist, Rochester MN

Requisition ID 38734
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Research and Development 
Recruiter #LI-AM1
Posting Type LI

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

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.

What will you do?

  1. Provide oversight of the day to day activities and results bridging quality and operations. 
  2. Monitor in process quality.
  3. Provide technical guidance and training to ensure quality testing results impact is communicated and understood.
  4. Develop rework and disposal reduction plans.
  5. Design and conduct experiments to support new product research commercialization and the process development of multi-functional food ingredients.
  6. Design and conduct experiments for efficiency and cost savings initiatives.
  7. Drive continuous improvement of current products and processes. 
  8. Implement yield and activity improvements.
  9. Utilize design of experiments, current scientific techniques.
  10. Competent in bench top microbiology, aseptic technique, plating, transfer & culture maintenance.
  11. 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).
  12. Work in pilot plant and support production scale ups and commercializations.
  13. Execute customer requests both internal and external to satisfy project needs from a conceptual phase through commercialization and troubleshooting.
    • Participate in ideation/brainstorming
    • Process development and optimization
      • Execute internal processes
      • Ability to understand and troubleshoot customer processes
  14. Work with cross functional groups to optimize the strengths of Kerry and deliver the best Taste and Nutrition experience for our customers.
  15. Strives for high standards, seeks innovative solutions, drives continuous improvement of products and processes and demonstrates a high degree of intellectual curiosity.
  16. Develop and protect Intellectual Property by documenting research notes.
  17. Complete project requests within the time frame required by the customer.
  18. Work directly with customers to solve technical issues that may arise.
  19. Must be able to taste and smell chemicals, flavors and food products.
  20. Ability to set priorities, work independently, manage projects, and drive results

What do you need to be successful?


2-5 years of experience in food 
Development industry is preferred
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.

Enterprising Spirit
Open Mindedness


What is in it for you?

  • Global vision, connection and interaction with the global RDA and Manufacturing teams which enables continuous improvement and continuous acquiring knowledge from our business and our clients'. 
  • The opportunity to join a fast paced and growing mindset company.
  • Career progression opportunities not only local but around the world. 

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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