Principal Scientist, Minerals & Nutrition

Ogden, UT

Posted: 02/23/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 962.22KK Pay Rate: 130,000 - 150,000 Experience:

Job Description

Principal Scientist, Minerals & Nutrition

The Principal Scientist – Minerals and Nutrients will leverage their scientific training and experience to develop new products and support existing products, primarily for the company’s Minerals and Nutrients business.  The Principal Scientist will be expected to take on challenging technical problems and be able to lead research efforts that reduce concepts into next-generation and breakthrough new products.  Additionally, the individual will become the internal technical expert on choline and will be a leader for R&D projects in support of this critical material in the company’s portfolio.

Essential Functions:

  • Safety: Champion safety in all activities, including design and execution of lab and pilot work.  Ensure that lab work is conducted in a safe manner via hazard reviews, SOP’s, appropriate PPE
  • Manage a complex portfolio of projects:
    • Be the Technical Project Leader (PM) and/or lead scientist on new product develop project (AIM projects) focused on choline, minerals, or other nutrients. These projects will involve significant technical complexity and may require the management of cross-functional teams and/or external resources
    • Be a Project Leader or Team Member for projects in support of company’s Minerals and Nutrients product line
  • Become an internal expert on choline chemistry and material science. Such projects may include manufacturing process optimization, studying choline degradation pathways, making choline salts easier to process in our customer’s plants
  • Potentially mentor technicians and/or junior scientists, ensure they work safely, and effectively meet project objectives
  • Interface with technical experts across organization to promote the application knowledge of choline and ensure coordination between R&D and the business units
  • Ensure the laboratory facilities are adequately designed to execute projects in the portfolio, recommend new equipment as needed to advance projects, maintain existing equipment
  • Operate at the interface of functional disciplines, coordinate the activities of specialists to design work programs, participate in their execution to provide support to all variety of technical projects. Travel to other company plants, develop close relationships with key Operations personnel, as required
  • Scan the patent literature and alert the organization to technology developments involving choline and other nutrients outside of company
  • Meet with customers and represent organization’s technology, as required
  • Be an external face for the company in the technical community; publish articles, file patents, and make presentations at industry association meetings
  • Prepare and deliver project presentations and reports to company’s Operating Committee. Chief Technology Officer, and other company leadership

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

JO:  962.22KK

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • MS degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with 10+ years of professional industrial experience or a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with 5+ years of industrial experience. Job title will depend on experience
  • Experience with small molecule synthesis is required
  • Preferred industrial experience in the fine chemical, API, or pharmaceutical industries
  • Proven technical expert with chemistry bench skills, research experience, and proven track record of successful project execution and patent filing
  • Ability to lead large, complex, multifunctional projects. Track record of on time delivery of multiple initiatives on one or more complex projects

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

JO:  962.22KK

Meet Your Recruiter

Sam Kovacevic
Technical Recruiter

Proven recruiter with 15 years of experience specializing in the Food and Beverage sector.  

Strategic, Independent Recruiting Professional.  Uniquely experienced in providing qualified candidates to a broad scope of companies with talent needs. Passionate Leader who takes a trusted advisory approach to making an impact and finding the best talent available.

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