Director of Analytical Science

Chicago, IL

Posted: 08/01/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 239.23KO Pay Rate: 150,000 Experience:

Job Description

Director of Analytical Science

The successful candidate will be an engaged thought leader and people leader to drive development of analytical methods to support R&D, manufacturing, product development and quality.  The successful candidate will serve as the resident technical expert on analytical tools and instruments and when needed will establish collaborations with external labs or institutes.  The candidate will possess deep knowledge of analytical methods to analyze microbial biomass, fermentation media, food products, and secondary metabolites.  The successful candidate will be instrumental in coordinating cross-functional collaboration with R&D, pilot plant, production, quality, and regulatory.  The applicant will be an accomplished scientist with technical and business acumen to drive research projects from ideation-to-finish line.

Previous track-record of successfully developing analytical methods used to develop or test commercial microbial or food products is desirable.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage and set direction for scientific staff working on analytical methods and delivering data in a timely manner
  • Member of R&D leadership team setting priorities and directions for organization
  • Conducting research in methods to support R&D programs, manufacturing process development, quality and product development
  • Working with cross-functional teams to support scale-up and production
  • Working well in teams to develop new technology and products you’d never achieve on your own
  • Manage innovation activities and completion of projects within agreed timelines
  • Provide data-driven insights to solve technical challenges
  • Interface with R&D, regulatory, manufacturing, and new business development for new product development, or improvement of existing products
  • Prepare project proposals, conduct bench-top work, and analyze, summarize present scientific outcomes
  • Provide accurate, clear, and concise reports on R&D activities
  • Champion science-based, data-driven approach to solve complex problems
  • Identify, engage and establish internal and external technical collaboration with customers, industry, and academic partners

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  239.23KO

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • PhD in Chemistry or related field with focus on analytical sciences
  • 10+ years of experience including expert knowledge of scientific principles and demonstrated track record of leadership
  • Proven track record in building and leading technical teams
  • An innovative mind-set and can-do attitude coupled with an enthusiasm for optimizing production of filamentous fungi and development food products
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing, and project management skills
  • Technical expert in developing analytical methods
  • Extensive experience using common analytical laboratory equipment and analytical data analyses
  • In-depth technical knowledge and hands-on experience in wet chemical and instrumental analyses
  • Computer skills in data spreadsheet, word processing, and PowerPoint presentation programs
  • Hands-on experience with analytical techniques and methodologies: ICP-MS, Elemental (CHNS/O) Analyzer, GC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS, TGA/DSC, FT-IR, UV/Vis Spectrophotometer, optical microscopes and various wet chemical methods
  • Experience with laboratory management and industrial product quality control guidelines, such as GLP and cGMP, ISO, etc.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable working in a start-up environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and influence technical direction and strategy
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  239.23KO

Meet Your Recruiter

Kristine O'Sullivan
Sr. Partner

The Food and Beverage Division specializes in the placement of technical professionals in the food and beverage industry from entry level to executive level candidates. I have a talented group of recruiters who specifically source Technical Sales Professionals, Scientists, Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Executive Technical professionals, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Technical Service, Nutrition, Analytical and Corporate Chefs. We work on both a contingent basis for professional level searches and retained search for executive level searches. CPS, Inc. has been in the talent recruitment business for 40+ years and we recruit nationwide.

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