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Senior Scientist-Dairy - CP Kelco
at JM Huber Corporation
Atlanta, GA

Senior Scientist-Dairy - CP Kelco
at JM Huber Corporation
Atlanta, GA

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We’re CP Kelco, a global company of 2,000 nature-based ingredient enthusiasts. Where others see a lily pad or a citrus peel, we see powerful ingredients. You could say we’re multitaskers, because you’ll find our ingredients in everything from food and beverages to personal care products and detergents. We create ways to help products pour easily, spread smoothly and gel perfectly.


Finding new solutions. Creating things never-before created. It brings a smile to our faces, success to our customers and enjoyment to consumers everywhere. That’s because a reputation for consistent, high-quality products is our badge of honor. With 23 facilities around the globe and customers in more than 100 countries, our passports are always ready. And now we’re pushing value creation even further with our brand-new innovation and customer experience center in Atlanta. This exciting, state-of-the-art facility opens up new opportunities and many discovery explorations. It will help us formulate breakthrough solutions, strengthen collaborations with customers and unlock new, nature-powered success stories to impact the next generation of consumer and industrial products.


Position Summary


This role is for an experienced food or dairy scientist within the Americas Sales Technical Support team (STS) based in Atlanta, GA.  This is a hands-on, lab-based position focused on the use of CP Kelco hydrocolloids in finished food and beverage applications.  Projects are typically market-facing projects; examples include work to address specific customer needs (e.g. trouble-shooting, ideation, formula optimization), and requests from Marketing to develop finished food and beverage prototypes to showcase CP Kelco ingredients at trade shows and conferences.  Projects involve evaluating, optimizing, and understanding the science and technology behind CP Kelco hydrocolloid solutions within the context of complete formulas and processes to provide the desired functionalities in finished food and beverage applications.  A strong desire to optimize formulas for sensory qualities, and a strong inclination to look at food systems on a molecular level are critical.  While many projects will focus on beverages of all types, i.e. with and without protein, neutral and acid pH, and shelf-stable and refrigerated products, other applications may include yogurt, fruit preps, water gels, condiments, confectionery, and bakery applications.  This position largely supports North America customers, but may also support projects from other parts of the world. 

Principal Duties & Responsibilities


Roles and Responsibilities:


  • Strong individual contributor who will be key in solving short term, complex, customer-driven projects, especially in protein-based systems.
  • Regionally recognized leader/contributor in the use of hydrocolloids in protein-based systems beverages.
  • Designs and executes well-planned experiments, can analyze complex data, and propose innovative solutions.  Documents experimental results and conclusions completely, in a well-organized fashion and in a timely manner.
  • Ensures projects are completed on time, using the proper CP Kelco ingredients for the functionality required and processing techniques that are appropriate for the application.  Ensures prototypes and documentation provided to customers are high quality and professional.
  • Works closely with colleagues to ensure a smooth, efficient workflow.
  • Participates in technical discussions, both with local and global technical colleagues to share knowledge and experience and provide input for solving customer challenges.
  • Interacts professionally with customers, field technical service, and sales to discuss project needs and results.
  • Strong critical thinking skills; continuously develops and applies knowledge gained to new projects and applications.
  • Creative problem-solver.
  • Mentor and train less-experienced colleagues.
  • Works in a safe manner according to the Huber Principles and values.
  • Role may include travel to regional customers or trade shows, and international travel to other CP Kelco technical sites.
Preferred Experience


Skills and Knowledge:


  • Strong Food Science/Food Chemistry/Dairy background
  • Strongly prefer dairy background; beverage, cheese, ice cream, yogurt
  • Hydrocolloids and proteins applications experience is preferred
  • Fluent in English; excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be proactive, energetic, curious, highly motivated to learn, and learn quickly and dynamically when executing daily activities.
  • A team player with outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Customer-focused, pays attention to detail, has a sense of urgency.
  • Enjoys a fast-paced environment, positive attitude, self-starter, and ready to learn.
  • With project needs understood, can work independently to complete the project.  Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Good creative problem-solving skills.
  • PC literate:  WORD, EXCEL, PPT






  • MS in Food Science with of 5 years of related industry experience or BS in Food Science with 8- 10 years relevant industry experience with at least 5 years in Dairy to include yogurt or protein based beverages.



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


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