Our Company is committed to providing employees with ample opportunities to contribute, lead and be recognized as innovators, to look beyond barriers to provide solutions, to be challenged in what they do and to love doing it. Our Company is a S&P 500, diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century. As a global leader utilizing advanced technologies and customer-focused research and development, our Company provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to food, agriculture, pharmaceutical, specialty, personal care, and related industries.
The Color Scientist will work as part of the Core Technology Team and report to the Global Core Product Development Manager. The Color Scientist will become Company’s deep knowledge expert in color science and natural colors. The Color Scientist will be responsible for developing new natural colors, identifying new raw material sources, and developing new step out stabilization and delivery technologies that will make the natural colors easier to use by our customers.
Global travel will be required to visit potential raw material suppliers, attend global conferences, and work with potential toll manufacturers. The Color Scientist will visit customers in North America and around the world to help leverage significant growth opportunities. However, the majority of face to face customer visits will be handled by the regional color application development personnel.
The Color Scientist will be lead new product development and other technology projects usingCompany’s stage gate methodology. As such, the Color Scientist will be called upon to lead multifunctional teams in addition to advancing the technology aspects of these projects. The Color Scientist will develop and execute technology work plans while maintaining a safe and productive laboratory environment.
- Maintain the highest safety standards in all work, actively participate in the site’s safety program and work diligently towards our goal of zero workplace injuries.
- Ideation – create new ideas in the color space by assessing market needs and matching those needs to “what’s possible” with technology; identify and recommend growth opportunities for Company in the natural color space. To be successful, the candidate will need to be closely attuned to the market and be well versed in many areas of color technology including sourcing, extraction technology, stabilization, emulsification, and science of color.
- Actively drive new product development projects by developing and executing technology work plans. This includes managing the work of technicians and junior scientists. Typical project load is two to four active projects open at any given time. The scope of these projects will vary from incremental advancements over what we already have to creating new products outside of our existing technology. Planning (Gantt Charts) and experimentation skills are critical for success.
- Work with Process Engineers to develop capable processes for new products and transfer these processes into our plants or toll manufacturers.
- Develop and file patents on new inventions. Work closely with Company legal staff to optimize the value of new inventions.
- Identify opportunities to improve productivity in our manufacturing processes, and execute approved productivity projects.
- Manage technicians and junior scientists. This includes insuring that they are productive; writing performance and development reviews, and actively coaching and mentoring these individuals.
- Assume project management responsibilities on select projects. The PM role is a planning and coordinating role, and involves leadership of cross-functional teams comprised of process engineers, application development scientists, marketing, sales, manufacturing, supply chain, regulatory, and legal experts.
- Provide technical support to customers and the Sales Force when required. Maintain a close working relationship with the Application Development Group.
- Good color vision.
- 5-10 years experience working in a technical function developing new colors in an industrial setting. Experience in natural colors is preferred, but some experience could be in synthetic colors. Knowledge of the formulation of colors into food and pharmaceutical products required.
- Demonstrated history of creativity and new product introduction.
- Knowledge of sources of natural colors, their benefits and limitations.
- Knowledge of natural colors extraction and stabilization processes
- Demonstrated experience with project management and working in cross-functional teams.
- Experience managing technicians and/or junior scientists.
- Willingness to travel up to 20%, domestically and internationally.
- Working knowledge of Intellectual Property and Regulatory aspect.