Sr. Scientist, Dairy or Protein

Atlanta, GA

Posted: 06/05/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 253.19MR Pay Rate: 110,000

Job Description

Sr. Scientist, Dairy or Protein

This role is for an experienced food or dairy scientist within the Americas Sales Technical Support team (STS).  This is a hands-on, lab-based position focused on the use of company hydrocolloids in finished food and beverage applications.  Projects are typically market-facing projects; examples include work to address specific customer needs (e.g. troubleshooting, ideation, formula optimization), and requests from Marketing to develop finished food and beverage prototypes to showcase company ingredients at trade shows and conferences.  Projects involve evaluating, optimizing, and understanding the science and technology behand company hydrocolloid solutions within the context of complete formulas and processes to provide the desired functionalities in finished food and beverage applications.  A strong desire to optimize formulas for sensory qualities, and a strong inclination to look at food systems on a molecular level are critical.

While many projects will focus on beverage of all types, i.e. with and without protein, neutral and acid pH, and shelf-stable and refrigerated products, other applications may include yogurt, fruit preps, water gels, condiments, confectionery, and bakery applications.  This position largely supports North America customers, but may also support projects from other parts of the world.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Strong individual contributor who will be key in solving short term, complex, customer-driven projects, especially in protein-based systems
  • Regionally recognized leader/contributor in the use of hydrocolloids in protein-based systems beverages
  • Designs and executes well-planned experiments, can analyze complex data, and propose innovative solutions. Documents experimental results and conclusions completely, in a well-organized fashion and in a timely manner
  • Ensures projects are completed on time, using the proper company ingredients for the functionality required and processing techniques that are appropriate for the application. Ensures prototypes and documentation provided to customers are high quality and professional
  • Works closely with colleagues to ensure a smooth, efficient workflow
  • Participates in technical discussions, both with local and global technical colleagues to share knowledge and experience and provide input for solving customer challenges
  • Interacts professionally with customers, field technical service, and sales to discuss project needs and results
  • Strong critical thinking skills; continuously develops and applies knowledge gained to new projects and applications
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Mentor and train less-experienced colleagues
  • Role may include travel to regional customers or trade shows, and international travel to other company technical sites

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

JO:  253.19MR

Job Requirements


  • MS in Food Science with 5 years of related industry experience or BS in Food Science with 8-10 years’ relevant industry experience
  • Strong Food Science / Food Chemistry / Dairy background
  • Hydrocolloids and proteins applications experience is preferred
  • Fluent in English; excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be proactive, energetic, curious, highly motivated to learn, and learn quickly and dynamically when executing daily activities
  • A team plyer with outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Customer-focused, pays attention to detail, has a sense of urgency
  • Enjoys a fast-paced environment, positive attitude, self-starter, and ready to learn
  • With project needs understood, can work independently to complete the project. Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Good creative problem-solving skills
  • PC literate: WORD, EXCEL, PPT

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

JO:  253.19MR


Meet Your Recruiter

Mary Rigas
Section Manager/ Sr. Technical Recruiter

I specialize in connecting talent within the Food and Beverage Industry and proud to be part of CPS, Inc., which is on Forbes Top 20 Recruiting Firms list for 2017.

Being a manager and senior recruiter in the Food & Beverage group, our specialties include product development, quality, nutrition, regulatory, sensory, flavor development and application from entry level to executive.

I am part of a team of seven which provides more positions for candidates to consider and more candidates for client companies to consider.  We pride ourselves in building long lasting relationships and assisting both candidates and client companies in achieving their goals.

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