Application Technologist

Kansas City, KS

Posted: 04/26/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 147.23KO Pay Rate: 60,000 - 80,000 Experience:

Job Description

Application Technologist

The essential functions and basic duties of the Application Technologist will include:

Project Management

  • Develops work plans and has proven time and project management skills
  • Ability to manage relationships with universities and coordinate testing at university culinary innovation center to conduct plant-based meat alternative application studies
  • Works closely with the company’s quality team to conduct bakery studies in our laboratory
  • Assist with R&D and production trials focused on new product development where customer input will be key to product success
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to think through technical solutions with an eye towards the commercial implication to the business
  • Familiar with Stage Gate processes and project tracking and prioritization to drive business success

Customer Support & Technical Partnership

  • Provide technical service to customers as needed (plant trials, troubleshooting, answering technical questions, and presenting innovation concepts) both virtually and in-person, as needed, to support base-business and innovation efforts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of customers, category markets, brand understanding, and consumer preferences to further drive new product development projects
  • Develop strong relationships with aligned customers in the plant-based meat and bakery segments
  • Take key R&D new product initiatives and evaluate in end formulations for value proposition and within customer project scopes
  • Coordinate customer sample requests with the commercial and quality teams


  • Understands ingredient functionality and performance in different finished products and incorporate technology appropriately
  • Assist with the development of new product and application literature, including Technical Reports, Concept Sheets, and Customer-focused Presentations
  • Develop finished product formulations incorporating company’s new product technologies for concept demos to customers and/or assist customers in evaluating company’s technology within the scope of their requirements
  • Work on projects for key local, strategic, and regional customers with commercial success
  • Utilize market insights database to help commercial team in presentations with customers to support our new product initiatives against customer’s brand and product portfolio
  • Participate in relevant industry tradeshow or technical events to support commercial team and product initiatives


  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Flexibility to changing priorities
  • Ability to work within a team
  • Open knowledge sharing
  • Ability to communicate effectively across the organization
  • Be a champion for food safety and FSMA requirements when working within the company’s laboratories and with university and external partners

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

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Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or other related discipline
  • Hands on experience in applied application technology “at the customer” a plus
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Dynamic problem solver with solid analytical skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in ingredient manufacturing and/or consumer good company in similar conditions
  • 0-3 years’+ relevant industry segment experience: bakery/snack, vegetable proteins, plant-based meat alternative applications, etc. as well as high value, differentiated ingredients experience
  • Excellent communication and listening skills; ability to step away from the details and share the big picture impact
  • Dynamic, creative problem solver with solid analytical skills
  • Superior project timeline development, risk assessment, and prioritization skills. Project management course work or certification a plus
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with a strong bias for action

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

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Meet Your Recruiter

Kristine O'Sullivan
Sr. Partner

The Food and Beverage Division specializes in the placement of technical professionals in the food and beverage industry from entry level to executive level candidates. I have a talented group of recruiters who specifically source Technical Sales Professionals, Scientists, Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Executive Technical professionals, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Technical Service, Nutrition, Analytical and Corporate Chefs. We work on both a contingent basis for professional level searches and retained search for executive level searches. CPS, Inc. has been in the talent recruitment business for 40+ years and we recruit nationwide.

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