Protein Technical Lead

Newark, NJ

Posted: 07/25/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 232.23KO Pay Rate: 120,000 - 140,000 Remote Friendly: Experience:

Job Description

Protein Technical Lead

Looking for a Protein Lead in their Research team for the Protein Characterization and Texture Science team.  Reporting directly to the Director, the Protein Lead will be responsible for shaping, evolving, and driving protein solutions within the company’s characterization and texture science function, which includes supporting new ingredient discovery and enabling an interconnected Global Center of Excellence to enable growth.  As a key partner, working closely with other regional and global technical functions (Quality, Process Technology, Operations, Applications, Safety & Regulatory) and global specialty platforms and regional Go to Market Teams you will be responsible influencing strategy and incorporating stakeholder needs by developing s stakeholder centric and empowering way of working within the Innovation Community to enable a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Leadership of the protein sub-function includes global research in support of R&D efforts, regulatory compliance, product quality and customer testing issues.  This involves overseeing method evaluation, method development, equipment evaluation and qualification, training, and maintenance of capabilities to ensure effective use of resources.  Additionally, this role will partake in building capability in analytical structure-function as a component of developing a global Texture strategy, enabling core value propositions for our customers, and establishing the company as an externally recognized thought leader.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Research Characterization and Texture Science Protein team, ensuring close partnership with internal and external stakeholders. Development and empowerment of the team, and continued evolution to remain current with best practices
  • Aid the functional Director with the development of a comprehensive and cohesive Food Texture Science strategy that articulates how the company’s Food Texture Science capabilities can create value and enable growth for our customers
  • Work closely in collaboration with teams within and outside Analytical Characterization & Texture Science function to establish the company as an extremely recognized thought leader
  • Protect our current and go-to-market businesses, by leading the protein team to provide analytical support that ensures compliance with all quality, regulatory, safety requirements
  • Steer team towards an active, well aligned, interconnected and highly synergistic Analytical Characterization & Texture Science community of subject matter experts, leveraging analytical science to drive structure-function understanding
  • Elevate capabilities of our Analytical and Food Texture Science protein function. Identify capability gaps and future needs and execute a plan to develop and grow the team to meet current and future needs
  • Work with our Open Innovation function and other functions to identify new technologies and partnerships. Develop new ingredient discovery / evaluation protocols that enable miniaturization and speed to results

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

JO:  232.23KO

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • PhD/MS degree or equivalent industry experience in Materials Science, Food Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related fields with 8+ years of broad technical, experience
  • Research and texture experience, ingredients Structure-Function understanding across broad Food & Beverage categories
  • Experience with ingredient manufacturers or consumer goods manufacturing companies. Direct Consumer Products Company experience a plus
  • Specific technical knowledge with protein-based ingredients a plus
  • Proven ability to lead, grow, coach, enable and empower team leaders and talented technical professionals
  • Strong business acumen and awareness of key financial drivers / economic conditions of the industry
  • Demonstrated project management skills to manage, prioritize and provide direction on key customer and new product innovation projects
  • Demonstrated experience in data management, digital and emerging / AI technologies
  • Exceptional skills gathering, recording and interpreting complex and ambiguous experimental data
  • Ability to embrace change and adapt to shifting priorities and changing customer and consumer needs

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

JO:  232.23KO

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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