Principal Scientist, Analytical Chemistry - Material Science

Tate & Lyle - Hoffman Estates, IL

Full-time
Tate & Lyle is looking for a Analytical Scientist who will serve as a Principal Scientist and key area leader in the Analytical group, Global R&D. Global R&D is located at the Tate & Lyle facility in Hoffman Estates, IL (near Chicago).The team is currently composed of a diverse group of experienced scientists with skills in chromatography, spectroscopy, materials science, microbiology, and chemical analysis.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

This Principal Scientist will be engaged in planning and executing laboratory work to characterize ingredients, supervision of technicians, and planning project resources. The Principal Scientist will also be expected to engage with internal and external resources to advance technical product development and to provide technical expertise to support existing business in relevant areas.
A broad background in measurement science applied to food ingredients is desirable. Experience in carbohydrate chemistry and characterization is required. Experience in all of the areas of measurement science from the following list is also desirable:
Hands-on expertise in rheology, mechanical properties testing, thermal analysis, microscopy and surface science applied to carbohydrate polymers applied to the specialty food ingredient space with an emphasis on structure-property relationships for food ingredients and their matrices. Most desirably, this experience will include demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative analyses of carbohydrates and other natural products.

The Principal Scientist will have two primary areas of responsibility:

1.Measurement Area Leadership:
The Principal Scientist will lead capability build and execution in a specific measurement area, driving successful use of measurement tools to advance new product development. The Principal Scientist will also engage with regulatory, legal, commercial and other non-technical personnel to ensure measurement work is in accordance with internal processes & metrics, and will be responsible for delivery of the measurement work packages against project timelines. The Principal Scientist will have a demonstrated knowledge of time and resource management techniques, tools & processes necessary to accomplish these tasks.

2.Execution of Technical Project Objectives:
The Principal Scientist will be engaged in planning and executing laboratory work to characterize ingredients, supervision & mentoring of junior scientists & technicians, and planning project resources. The Principal Scientist will also be expected to engage with internal and external resources to advance technical product development and to provide technical expertise to support existing business in relevant areas.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS
Reports to: Head of Analytical, Global R&D,
Peers: Scientists within Global R&D
Other key relationships: Production, commercial, quality, regulatory, legal, engineering, etc.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemistry, Biochmistry, Chemical Engineering, or related disciplines and 6-10 years of industrial experience, or an MS degree with 9-13 years of industrial experience.
Fluency in English is a requirement. Proficiency in one of the following languages is desirable: Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, French, German, Korean, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, or Arabic.
Impact: Impacts the effectiveness of projects across functional groups through measureable delivery of multiple projects with high potential commercial values.
Functional Expertise (Technical Knowledge): Demonstrates ability to apply extensive expertise with significant breadth or depth utilizing complex scientific theory and concepts, to assignment were precedents typically does not exist. Demonstrates ability to deliver results where high levels of ambiguity initially existed. DEVELOPED
Functional Expertise (Ideation/Innovation/Problem Solving): Develops solutions to highly complex problems. Recognized as an internal consultant for the development of ideas and approaches to initiatives where they are not directly involved. Defines next gen technology.
Functional Expertise (Customer Understanding): EXPERT customer knowledge. Has the ability to uncover unmet customer needs and translate these into new solutions and products ideas that ultimately turn into delivered solutions.
Technical/Project Leadership: Accomplished project leader that has demonstrated ability to take projects from concept to completion. Participates as a key technical contributor in the identification, assessment, selection and implementation of technology solutions that advance the company's competitive position.
Communicating and Influencing: May occasionally present to ExCo as part of tours and demonstrations. Routinely presents at gate meetings. EXPERT competency in generating white papers and presenting.
Talent Development: Begins to put together formal training agendas that cross group boundaries. Acts as mentor for the career development of more junior personnel.
Organizational Processes and Capabilities (Safety): Contributes to safety reviews outside of immediate team, may act as chair for central safety committee.

COMPETENCIES AND CHARACTERISTICS

Functional Leadership experience - Previous supervisory experience is a plus.
Drive – Need to be passionate about his/her work, with a high energy level, strong work ethic, and internal drive for organizational and individual success. Ability to energize others in a team setting important.
Execution – Demonstrated ability to complete assignments, meeting quality- and time-oriented objectives. Requires strong skills in timeline development and management.
Problem-Solving – Possesses excellent problem-solving skills and should be able to evaluate root causes, and take a systematic, structured view of projects/situations.
Innovation - Demonstrated creativity, innovation, and ability to problem-solve.
Team Work – Excellent team-work skills, including an ability to work with diverse teams of people with multiple perspectives and talents, capable of functioning as individual contributor or team leader.
Communication – Excellent communication and listening skills: should be articulate, with the ability to make arguments in a compelling manner at all organizational levels.
Customer-Orientation – Customer-centric in approach, be they internal or external customers. Ability to conduct voice-of-customer interviews with customers to elicit insight on product development needs and product requirements.
Safety – An exhibited dedication to safety and commitment to making safety the number one priority.