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Sr. Research Scientist - Sweeteners

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Date: 24-Nov-2018

Location: Hoffman Estates, IL, US

Company: Tate & Lyle

The Opportunity: Subject matter expert and thought leader sought in biosynthesis and biotransformations, separation science and natural product isolation for the Sweeteners New Product Development, Innovation and Commercial Development team.


Position: title and compensation based on relevant industrial experience


Location: Hoffman Estates, North American headquarters and global Commercial and Food Innovation Center


The Team:

Tate & Lyle is a global leader in providing ingredients and solutions to the food and beverage industries.  With 2017 sales of $3.8 billion USD and 4 thousand employees, Tate & Lyle operates from over 30 locations and a network of research centers worldwide.  Built on over 150 years of leadership in sweeteners, as an ingredient supplier and innovator, Tate & Lyle is transforming itself into a specialty provider in the global food and beverage space.  Today Tate & Lyle makes hundreds of ingredients, which go into thousands of products, enjoyed by millions of consumers around the world every day.


Creating and evolving world class innovation capabilities is a key part of Tate & Lyle’s growth strategy.   Tate & Lyle’s Innovation and Commercial Development function (ICD) is at the heart of this innovation model and it is where this position will reside.   ICD brings together research and development, open innovation, platform management and global marketing into one fully integrated global team.  ICD connects consumer needs with leading-edge science to provide innovative ingredients and solutions for our customers and their consumers.  


Today, Tate & Lyle’s ingredients and solutions are well positioned to enable us to partner with our customers to meet global consumer demands for healthier and better tasting food and drink.  Together with our customers we are working towards sustainable advancement in reducing sugar, calorie and fat content.  In doing so, we are creating better food and beverages options for consumers and for the society in which we operate.  Come join us as we work together, connecting science and consumer insights to innovate and create extraordinary offerings across the marketplace and the globe.



The Role Details

Upon joining the team, you will immediately become part of a dynamic and changing, cross-functional team, interacting with experts in the area of sweeteners, process engineering, sensory testing, nutrition, product registration, global regulatory compliance, procurement and manufacturing.  Jointly you will work together to develop and introduce new sweetener technology offerings to the food and beverage marketplace.  You will be a synergistic collaborator on all projects you are involved in and in some cases you will be leading the project coordination or formally functioning as project manager.   You will be a key part of our evolving workplace and progress us in our efforts for continuous improvement.  


The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining a safety mindset
  • Identifying opportunities, followed by chemistry ideation and hands-on development in close collaboration with application research
  • Assessing  initial technical and economic feasibility
  • Designing approaches for commercial sale up in cooperation with process engineers
  • Developing and maintain knowledge of cutting edge/new technologies and competitor activity
  • Creating and documenting intellectual property in invention disclosures, patent applications and  technical reports
  • Operating as a strong team player, both as a team member and as a team/project leader across multiple projects
  • Mentoring and developing colleagues


    Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Organic/Natural Products/Medicinal Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Strong track record of technical, behavioral and thought leadership
  • Technical expert in two or more of the areas of organic chemistry, enzymatic biotransformation, separation science, natural product isolation
  • Hands on experience in use of enzymes for chemical transformations
  • Ability to develop and champion independent ideas for new product development
  • Record of publications and/or patents
  • Personal alignment with Tate and Lyle’s Core Values (safety, integrity, respect) and Leadership behaviors (Partnership, Agility, execution)


    Preferred qualifications

  • 5-15 years industrial experience in the development of novel food ingredients
  • Experience in the development of sweetener ingredients
  • Track record of new product development based on optimizing structure-activity relationships
  • Strong external network and experience in developing industrial and academic partners in relevant technical areas
  • Strong skills in providing technology guidance and colleague development through mentoring  and coaching

Nearest Major Market: Chicago