Principal Scientist, Co-Drying & Dry Blending

St. Louis, MO

Posted: 06/09/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 167.24JF Pay Rate: 100,000 - 125,000 Remote Friendly: Experience:

Job Description

Principal Scientist, Co-Drying & Dry Blending

The duties and responsibilities of the Principal Scientist will include the following:

  • Research dairy science, food science and equipment for the purpose of innovating new technologies and the development of intellectual property (IP) for the company
  • Develop new wet and dry dairy systems, dairy flavors, dairy emulsions and solutions using the company’s plethora of ingredient options and manufacturing capabilities
  • Utilizing the company’s expansive drying (and dry blending) network and capabilities to enhance the value of the company’s dried dairy products using a “what can we do with what we have?” mentality
  • Work with engineering and process technology to continuously expand the company’s drying, dry blending, and agglomeration capabilities through discovery of new tech, equipment / process modification, and formulation
  • Reformulate products as appropriate to reduce cost including building least cost / flexible formulation models encompassing of the fluctuation commodity markets and raw material availability
  • Perform applications testing simulating the customer’s end-use to ensure the products developed exceed the customer’s expectations for taste, functionality, and nutrition
  • Utilize sensory science tools, available in the Innovation Center, to give data point to the customer demonstrating expectations are met / exceeded
  • Perform pilot plant testing to ensure a successful scale-up for manufacturing and ultimately the end customer
  • Drive the commercialization of new products by partnering with the process technology team in the plants
  • Support the customer in scale up and commercialization to ensure employees and products are part of the scale up and launch
  • Effectively operate all pilot plant equipment required to properly scale-up and test in application
  • Develop effective concepts for benchtop sessions, in partnership with sales and marketing, to generate wins with customers
  • Support sales in determining customer needs, problems, insights, and strategy that would ultimately require our solution
  • Proactively initiate action plans to develop the solutions and capabilities
  • Inspire and excite customers through demonstration of unique new products and applications that are relevant to their consumers
  • Partner with sales to understand customer’s future needs, their brands, and strategies to anticipate new areas of capability development and innovative ideas for end use categories
  • Provide technical and applications expertise to support the customer
  • Drive opportunities to commercialization internally and close with the customer process and adhere to the Scientific Development Standards Process, including version control, development notes and documented learnings
  • Effectively utilize CRM ( as a tool to manage status of the opportunities, project milestones in the pipeline and track KPIs related to the opportunity pipeline continually improving our R&D service to customers, ultimately leading to faster speed-to-market driving increased customer connectivity
  • Collaborate with and influence technical sales, customer support and other stakeholders to “solve for yes”
  • Contribute to technical content and review presentations for sales and marketing
  • Provide effective, timely and relevant reporting to leadership
  • Apply strong knowledge of the company’s capabilities – including understanding the functional and technical aspects of the products and how our capabilities differentiate us from others in the industry
  • Demonstrate a “never stop learning” mindset and influence others to adopt this mindset

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

JO:  167.24JF

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • B.S. Degree in food, dairy or biological science related discipline
  • Master's or PhD desirable
  • 8+ years of industry experience in R&D
  • Proven career advancement in dairy flavors, natural, process and cheese sauces and products
  • Demonstrated staff leadership attributes or staff management experience
  • Proven successful track record in new product development with multiple examples of commercialized products / solutions directly or under your leadership
  • Desired areas of expertise:
  • Co-drying and dry blending combinations of dairy, dairy flavors, seasonings, flavors, colors, and other ingredients
  • Seasoning and flavor development
  • Agglomeration and instantization of powders
  • Dairy Science

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Food safety programs and food safety by design
  • Food regulatory & labeling laws including both USDA & FDA
  • Strong leadership and team building abilities
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to solve complex customer demands and problems
  • Self-driven and committed to hands on work habits
  • Ability to initiate, drive and adapt to change
  • Ability to balance heavy workload and manage multiple tasks
  • Must have the ability and capability to interact and communicate with the most senior levels of the organization
  • Able to read, write, and speak English

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

JO:  167.24JF

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