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Principle Scientist - Application Technologist IV, United States, Savory Flavors N. America

Research and Development
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This is a technical leadership role within the North America Savory Flavors R&D Team providing direction in the Savory Flavors application category. The candidate will be creating and driving technical projects to meet customer business initiatives.  The candidate will be the primary interface with cross-functional global business partners responsible for translating consumer demand into R&D Innovation solutions. This candidate should have a proven record of executing work plans and driving for results in a variety of settings.  

This includes understanding the business need, designing and executing tests, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, documenting, communicating results, and commercializing products.  Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role, which operates in a cross-functional environment. The candidate must also have a strong technical background and be able to apply prior learning or scientific principles to new situations. Having experience in soups, sauces, dressings and processed meat is a plus. This position requires an individual to manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently and demonstrate a high degree of autonomy. Exhibiting a collaborative mindset and applying innovative solutions to difficult projects are key must haves. 
Reporting to the Savory R&D Applications Manager the Sr. Applications Technologist develops innovative food technologies and products in support of existing and new business growth opportunities. 


  • Conducts hands on evaluation and development in the R&D lab 50-75% of the time; recognizes problems, gathers and interprets data to find creative solutions to complex customer issues.
  • Having Soup, Sauce, Dressings and Vegan Plant Based Meat Alternitives experience is preferred.
  • Identifies and focuses resources on new technologies, ingredients, processes and food/flavor trends that will provide innovative solutions to our customer and industry needs. 
  • Translate technical findings into meaningful business opportunities and communicate to cross-functional teams with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Formula/product commercialization working closely with cross-functional team members in production plants. Specification writing with attention to detail.
  • Manage multiple assignments/research projects concurrently and possess the ability to prioritize between a variety of business initiatives.
  • Support long-range business strategies on research and technology to meet divisional growth expectations.
  • Effectively communicates the features and benefits of new Sensient Savory products through presentations to customers, sales and internal management.  
  • Enters and maintains accurate and thorough records of work, including project status, formulations, process instructions, flavor evaluations, flavor and application libraries as well as supporting documents such as customer technical data sheets, nutrition facts, shipment documentation and others as required. 
  • Collaborates with Creative, Sensory, Analytical, Purchasing, Quality, Regulatory, Production, Marketing, Sales, Finance and other innovation groups and other department teams to ensure product development meets benchmarks set by the Technical Director.  
  • Travels to support customer projects, demos, production or to participate in trade shows or continuing education. 
  • Participates in formal Sensory panels as well as day-to-day organoleptic evaluations or screening of flavors and application prototypes. 
  • Proficient in operating multiple pieces of equipment on the bench and in the pilot plant. 
  • Communicates effectively to keep the Sales Account Managers, Customers and the Product Manager informed of project status.  Ensures that projects are completed and submissions made in a timely manner and manages expectations with the Sales Account Manager and Customers.
  • Expands technical and professional knowledge through collaboration with internal teams, mentors, customer interaction and professional development seminars, trade shows or technical workshops as agreed on by the R&D Manager.
  • Assists in developing technical ability of R&D Staff through coaching, feedback and joint project assignments.  Participates in training visitors (sales, affiliates, new hires).


  • Bachelors Degree in Food Science or related technical area required; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Seven to 10 years of experience in food industry with a clear background in product development; management experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of food ingredients, processing and flavor applications with expertise in key industry market products and an ability to accurately formulate finished food products.  
  • Thorough understanding of the trends within the flavor industry. 
  • Experience and knowledge in the technical and scientific areas of the flavor industry.   
  • Excellent organoleptic skills and knowledge of sensory language required. Must be competent to deliver formal presentations. Must possess excellent mathematical skills, reading comprehension and proficiency in required computer systems including internal custom programs. 


Sensient Flavors & Fragrances Group develops, manufactures and distributes flavor and fragrance systems that are found in thousands of consumer products worldwide. The company's specialty systems are essential components of food, beverage, household and personal care products. Sensient's value-added flavors and fragrances enable our customers to excel in highly competitive global markets. The Flavors & Fragrances Group is located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.


Sensient Technologies Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors, and fragrances. Sensient employs advanced technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, inkjet and specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals. The Company's customers include major international manufacturers representing most of the world's best-known brands.  Sensient is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As a dynamic and diversified global leader, we offer an excellent salary and comprehensive benefits package.  For more information, visit our website at 


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