Principal Carbohydrate Scientist – Decatur, IL

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Principal Carbohydrate Scientist – Decatur, IL

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we?re one of the world?s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 270 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 44 innovation centers and the world?s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at Principal Carbohydrate Scientist ? Decatur, ILThis is a full time exempt level positionPosition Summary:The carbohydrate research group of Archer Daniels Midland Company is actively seeking an individual to serve as a Principal Carbohydrate Scientist.
This person will have in-depth knowledge of cereal (grain) science and carbohydrate chemistry, and will lead development of carbohydrate based ingredients. This position will provide technical and project leadership across carbohydrate platform at the Archer Daniels Midland Company.
The position will lead and participate on cross functional teams to develop new ingredients and systems and steer them to commercialization.
He/she will add value to ingredients by providing a detailed understanding of the chemistry, characterization and functionality of carbohydrate ingredients and complexes. In addition, the Principal Carbohydrate Scientist will possess the ability to identify, study, and recognize ingredient interactions on a molecular level to direct the optimization of taste, texture and other properties. He/she will support customers through an in depth understanding of functionality of carbohydrate ingredients and spur advancements of carbohydrates in the broader food industry.
This position will drive knowledge of the structure-function relationship of carbohydrates ingredients in food systems to propel product innovation while maximizing functionality of existing ingredients. Job Responsibilities: Drive projects by providing project leadership and direction in both applied science and new product development in carbohydrates. Ensure instrumental characterization and structure function understanding are leveraged appropriately. Provide thought leadership on projects within and outside of area of responsibility. Utilize advanced scientific techniques- including advanced microscopy, spectroscopic imaging, and colorimetry, rheology to characterize new and existing ingredients / systems at molecular level, and understand or predict an interaction and functionality of carbohydrate entities in complex food systems.
Leverage scientific principles to proactively develop and progress ideas and solutions for new product development and improvement of existing products to drive business growth. . Develop materials to communicate structure and function of carbohydrate ingredients both internally and externally Work interactively with other groups including process development, applications, and business groups and external customers. Design experiments to promote the understanding of carbohydrate ingredients and their interaction in food applicationsMentor younger scientists in the group to develop their scientific and career aspirations and provide guidance in our matrix environment.
Develop scientific knowledge in the areas of carbohydrate technology (especially in food applications) by keeping up-to date on scientific publications, competition knowledge, asking questions, and working with other experts.Develop relationship and interface with relevant trade associations and universities.
Ensure safe working practice in research labs, pilot plants, and manufacturing facilities to meet or exceed safety goals Technical Requirements:
PhD in chemistry, food science, material science, engineering or a related field with 10 + years of relevant experience of process and product development experience in the area of natural polymers, cereal based (Grain) ingredients, carbohydrate chemistry, sweeteners, or food texturantsExperience in advanced microscopy techniques, chemistry, particle characterization and analytical methodology.
Strong understanding of research methods and scaling up of process/product. Must be able to communicate effectively and lead technical teams within a matrix environment, including regular interface with production and commercial leadership.Strong understanding and ability to oversee and secure intellectual property related to carbohydrates ingredients that are used in the area of Food, Beverages, Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Animal Nutrition and functional foods, including use as dietary supplements. Key Competencies desired:
Experience in project management and with demonstrated ability to push projects over the finish line with sound planning and persistent executionAbility to lead cross-functional matrixed-type team of scientists, engineers and business teams to deliver on research goals. Possess ability to manage and prioritize on multiple projects in a fast-paced research environment. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions from complex experimental outcomes.Ability to construct a robust experimental design based on statistical principles. Possess strong written and verbal communication ability to deliver messages on complex subject matter and technical outcomes. Entrepreneurial, self-motivated and passionate individual who is able to drive excellence by executing and building best practices in projects execution, R&D laboratory practices and safety.
Must possess good interpersonal skills and the ability to work and relate directly to individuals from the areas of marketing, sales, commercial, and production and on cross-functional teams.Flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and marketplacesThe position would require approximately 30% travel and will be based in Decatur, ILRelocation assistance is available with this position. This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance. ADM requires the successful completion of applicable pre-employment drug screen, medical questionnaire and a background check.
ADM is an EOE for minorities, females, protected veterans and individuals with a disability.

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