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Food Technology Research Scientist

I. – OVERVIEW:


•    Job title:    Food Technology Research Scientist 
•    Department:    Research & Development
•    Job title Direct Superior:     VP of R&D
•    Job title Direct Reports:    HQ Pennsauken (with dotted line to R&D Director GRS)                        
•    Location:    Pennsauken, NJ

 

II. – MISSION:

We believe that people will attach more and more importance to the quality of their food. We are close to customers and consumers everywhere.  We turn technologies and experiences from food cultures around the world into new opportunities to help customers be more successful with their business. 

To lead fundamental Upstream research activities, in the field of bakery, patisserie and chocolate application, by building and strengthen the network with universities in the region of North America (US, Mexico, Canada), and targeting the development of new technologies based on the know-how and applications relevant in the North American market 

 

III. - KEY RESPONSBILITIES: 

1.    Build regional innovation ecosystem

 

  • Connect to knowledge & expertise centers (universities & research centers) for ingredients or food systems
  • Identify & explore disruptive technologies (start-ups)
  • Actively engage with government bodies and workgroups related to innovation; understand in influence upcoming legislation


2.    Create value based on innovation ecosystems

 

  • Set-up structured collaborations in line with Upstream Research priorities
  • Manage contracting and secure IP of this partnering
  • Connect local R&D with the ecosystem and leverage it through student exchange, applied research support, accessing services
  •  Get access to local funding

 

3.    Health and Well-Being

  • Identify ingredients and technologies that can be used to improve the health (science based) or well-being (consumer perception) of products produced by Puratos
  • Actively contribute to the development pipeline of ideas and concepts
  • Partner with suppliers on development of innovative ingredients around health and well-being


4.    Upstream Research Antenna

  • Be aware of (Upstream) Research priorities of Puratos
  • Relay person for NAM vs HQ : spread HQ knowledge, collect and activate the needs of the region in upstream and Applied projects
  • Connect with similar Upstream positions in other regions


5.    Build expertise & network in specialty area

 

  • Represent Puratos as an expert in functional area of expertise at professional events
  • Build around the expertise an active network of machine suppliers, researchers, vendors and the international Puratos R&D community
  • Collaborate with the local R&D Team to provide intelligence on innovative raw materials & technologies that can differentiate our products as well to identify potential needs


6.    Contribute actively to the company strategy and results

 

  • Understanding cross BU functionalities & processes
  • Strategic business acumen (internal & external), including managing strategic relations with key suppliers
  • Manages responsibilities outside scope


7.    Manage accurately all technical administration

 

  • Ensure complete and accurate documentation on all projects and major activities
  • Build accessible project documentation in line with our procedures by using the appropriate tools  
  • Ensure confidentiality on formulas and know-how


8.    Act with Safety in mind . 


9.    Responsible for any other assignment given by the direct superior.

 

IV. - COMPETENCIES / PROFILE: 
-    PhD in Food Technology or Biotechnology

  • Experience in food technology +5 years

-    Language: English – Spanish
-    Existing network in Academia/Research Centers/Regulatory Affairs
-    Expertise in a particular area of food technology (ex: protein, starch, fermentation)
-    Strong Communication skills
-    Passionate about connecting with people and identifying new technologies
-    Creative and open mind
-    Multicultural mindset
-    Travel: Up to 40% travel may be required, mostly within the US, Mexico and Canada