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Applications Development Manager
at JM Huber Corporation
Atlanta, GA

Applications Development Manager
at JM Huber Corporation
Atlanta, GA

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Portfolio Business: CP Kelco 

CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty ingredients which are added to improve texture, consistency, and stability in food, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Our products are derived from renewable raw materials found in nature for use in jam, fruit and milk drinks, confectionery products as well as industrial applications. We work across the whole value chain from natural raw materials to customers’ end products. CP Kelco is part of the JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held, family owned companies in the United States.  With approximately $2.3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary


In this role you will lead CP Kelco’s Applications Development team within the Innovation Group.  The manager will lead a team of scientists to support longer term growth projects regarding stabilizer technologies and their use in various food, beverage and consumer and industrial applications. 


Projects may include, but are not limited to:


  • The development of new applications with existing CP Kelco products that require several weeks to months to complete.  
  • Evaluation of the functional attributes that new products/ new molecules with defined chemistries bring to finished applications using a customer value creation methodology to guide experimentation. 
  • Supporting larger technology initiatives with cross-functional teams (ie., Technical Service, Sales, Fermentation Science/ Processing R&D, Business Development, etc).
  • To lead a team of technical professionals targeting innovative development in the food, consumer and industrial, and personal care industries.


This role will have broad expertise in a range of applications, a thorough understanding of CP Kelco ingredients as well as other stabilizers and ingredients, and an understanding of typical industry processes used in various application segments.  Collaboration with internal R&D departments and outside partners is critical.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities


Dimensions of Job/Roles and Responsibilities:


  • Requires technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: food science, carbohydrate chemistry.  Consumer and industrial applications knowledge a plus
  • Understands competitive products and most-likely-alternatives for strategic application segments
  • Ability to lead a team, as well as participate and lead technical project teams where resources are deployed from different groups
  • Supports product manager and marketing to develop new products and literature for new product launches
  • Travel to seminars, conferences, trade shows and customers will be required periodically to gather industry-wide insights
  • Work with the broader team to assess partnerships and/or alliances with Universities and external companies that fit our strategy
  • Requires strong people and project management skills




  • MS degree in Food Science, Food Chemistry, or related degree with a minimum of 5-7 years in food and beverage industry to include people management.  B.S. in Food Science with 10+ years of directly related experience may be considered.



J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO/AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required.


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