Ingredion Incorporated Food Scientist - TIC Gums in White Marsh, Maryland

Responsibilities

TIC Gums is a global leader in food texturizer and stabilizer solutions. Food and beverage companies rely on TIC Gums to improve the texture, stability, consistency, nutritional profile, and shelf appeal of their products. Legendary customer service, high quality standards, and the unrivaled knowledge of our Gum Gurus® has made TIC Gums the industry leader for more than 100 years.

SUMMARY: Key aspects of the Food Scientist role include intellectual leadership, expansion of knowledge base, management of projects, and effective interaction with customers. This role will enable the overall success of the company by supporting all other functional areas, in particular, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Manufacturing. This role will also serve as the point person for Ingredion regional (international) technical requests.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Provide and maintain a safe, accident-free laboratory environment.

  • Plan and execute laboratory application projects for specific business needs and initiatives as well as those for customers as submitted by the sales team including but not limited to conducting a rheological analysis and checking the performance of a TIC gum blend in a specific application, or developing an entirely new texture ingredient system.

  • Participate in and help to lead customer production trials that are focused on the implementation of a TIC product.

  • Effectively manage projects by planning, designing, and scheduling experiments. Ensure proper execution of experiments through effective use of time and resources. Generate and evaluate data. Draw conclusions and use them to design the next set of experiments as needed.

  • Design and execute experiments in the lab or in the pilot plant to determine how specific hydrocolloids, or systems of hydrocolloids, behave in specific food systems.

  • Serve as primary point of contact for international Ingredion technical requests.

  • Assist international Ingredion locations by coordinating technical responses to their inquiries.

  • Oversee any customer technical requests submitted by international Ingredion locations.

  • As necessary, supervise the execution and completion of projects assigned to Lab Technicians. Provide guidance to Lab Technicians with respect to overall performance and career development in the form of performance coaching.

  • Working independently on long term project assignments. Responsible for completing assigned projects in a timely fashion using an appropriate experimental design and reporting status of projects as they progress with a final summary in the company designated data base system.

  • Prepare and/or complete specifications, nutritional information, and MSDS documentation for new products and processes.

  • Serve as technical support within TIC Gums by: answering technical hot line, responding to technical review, and participating in customer sales calls in support of sales. Provide leadership for method development, product troubleshooting, customer audits, and maintaining the integrity of the Quality Management System in support of Quality Assurance. Provide trouble shooting support, process scale-up and transfer, process optimization and training in support of Manufacturing.

  • Preparing and presenting information at technical meetings, trade shows, and customer visits. Generate literature and attend trade shows in support of marketing. Provide in-house and external training to internal and external customers on the science, technology and application of hydrocolloid systems.

  • Demonstrate intellectual leadership by staying abreast of recent scientific hydrocolloid findings that pertain to relevant technical areas. Apply creativity along with the scientific method to generate new learning’s that can be used to develop new and successful products and processes. Identify and address capability gaps in terms of knowledge, equipment and facilities and work with management to address these gaps.

  • Protect TIC Gums intellectual property and where applicable, assist in the generation and maintenance of patents. Maintain a working knowledge of all phases of customer-based product development. Maintaining a legible and organized laboratory book of all assigned projects.

  • Responsible for the daily upkeep of the laboratory (including the pilot plant) and all applicable equipment.

  • Performing other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science, Chemistry, Engineering or a related technical discipline with three (3) or more years relevant experience with a preference for a MS degree. Work-related experience in product development and supervisory experience preferred.

SPECIAL SKILLS and ABILITIES:

Good time management and multi-tasking ability required. Should be computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook, and all pertinent R&D software. This position is in regular contact with the Salesforce, Marketing, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance as well as external customers.

Travel required: 25% travel required.

Requisition ID 2018-3468

Job Family Innovation (IN)