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Sr. Food Scientist, Global Ingredient Technology

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Date: 07-Jul-2019

Location: Hoffman Estates, IL, US

Company: Tate & Lyle

Job Summary

Tate & Lyle is looking for a Senior Food Scientist in Global Ingredient Technology who will conduct technical research to support the growth of sales of Tate & Lyle ingredients.  This position requires a technical professional with at least 5 years of experience in the food and flavour industry with knowledge of food systems and ingredient functionality.   Experience with sweeteners, flavours and taste modification is required.  The candidate must have strong communication and interpersonal skills and be comfortable working in a fast-paced, customer-centric environment across a broad range of applications.  Contribution is measured through quality growth in the technical project pipeline and conversion of technical opportunities to sales.  Responsible for limited travel to customer locations for presentations, consultations, pilot trials, and ongoing project support.


*Position is located in Hoffman Estates, IL. Must live in or be able to live within the Hoffman Estates/ Chicagoland area*



  • Design and conduct scientific research studies in the area of sweeteners, flavours and taste modifications.

  • Conceptualize new product ideas, technical applications and innovative solutions to problems

  • Lead technical research projects and provide/resource technical expertise to address company and customers’ technical issues. 

  • Develop and foster relationships with contacts in industry to build recognition for Tate & Lyle ingredients/technologies.

  • Leverage technical leads/opportunities to build a strong project pipeline in cooperation with R&D functions.

  • Independently review projects, research results, and conclusions in order to move NPD through development stages.

  • Work cross functionally within Tate & Lyle (e.g. Research, Applications, Technical Service, Analytical, Product Management, etc.) .

  • Use ingredient knowledge within categories or applications to support customer projects as needed within regions.

  • Contribute market intelligence/trends within platform area, food category or application area

  • Travel up to 25% (combination road and air)



  • An exhibited dedication to safety and commitment to making safety a number one priority

  • Master’s Degree is required (Ph.D. degree preferred), preferably in  Food Science, Chemistry, Engineering or related area of study.

  • 5-15 years of experience in the food industry.  Food formulation experience and ingredient functionality required.

  • Sound knowledge of food science, food chemistry, food microbiology and food processing

  • Thrive and be comfortable working in a dynamic, changing and evolving environment.

  • Ability to navigate a matrixed environment and build strong relationships with internal peers, sales and marketing and customers

  • Good problem solving skills and quick decision making capability.

  • Interest in developing market knowledge by category or application to communicate customer needs to internal departments

  • Outstanding communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Experience with sweeteners and/or flavours with demonstrated sensory experience


    *The Job title, role and responsibilities are subject to change based on qualifications / experience of the candidate and the business needs of the company.


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