New Product Development Scientist

Date:  Oct 15, 2021
Posting End Date:  Oct 29, 2021

Webster Groves, MO, US, 63119

Company:  ICL Specialty Products Inc

Job Description

ICL is a leading global specialty minerals and specialty chemicals company that creates impactful solutions for humanity’s sustainability challenges in global food, agriculture and industrial markets.  ICL leverages its unique bromine, potash and phosphate resources, its passionate team of talented employees and its strong focus on R&D and technological innovation to drive growth across its end markets. With approximately 11,000 employees worldwide, ICL operates mining and production sites located in Israel, Europe, North and South America and China which are supported by worldwide distribution and supply chains. Due to strong synergies between its business units and their mutual support, ICL benefits from its advantageous size, geographical spread and operational flexibility. With a culture based upon leadership, innovation and sustainability, ICL is well positioned to be an Employer of Choice within the communities in which we operate.


I’m interested! What will I get to do in this position?

Lead technical development for our textured proteins portfolio

  • Lead research and technical development (ingredients, formulations, specifications) for existing and new textured protein products.
  • Organize and participate in pilot plant and large-scale trials, providing recommendations for process and product optimization e.g. textural and organoleptic properties, nutrition, cost saving.
  • Create or contribute to new initiatives for new product development and improvement of existing products.
  • Perform physical and chemical analysis to evaluate textural and organoleptic properties.
  • Work and interact with product application development teams in order to understand requirement for innovation of textured proteins in food products.
  • Present information to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Work with ICL’s global Front End Innovation to strike technology collaborations

  • Establish and drive strategic R&D collaborations where appropriate
  • Contribute to building a network with suppliers, start-ups, associations
  • Participate in the technical assessment of start-ups
  • Evaluate needs and make decision on outsourcing research and technical projects to universities and technology providers.

Participate in business development strategy for textured proteins

  • Engage and align with commercial portfolio management to build mid-/long-term strategy for textured proteins
  • Understand value creation and market of textured proteins and derive market needs for further differentiation of product offering
  • Work with procurement to benchmark competing products monitoring upcoming developments

Project Management Excellence

  • Hands on leadership of cross-functional teams utilizing global technical experts
  • Manage projects via stage-gate process
  • Ensure project deliverables and scope with the project plan
  • Resolve cross-functional issues at project level
  • Ownership and accountability

What skills and experience do I need to be successful in this role?

  • M.S or Ph.D. in Food Technology / Food Science and 10+ years of industry experience in Product Development with the focus “Plant Proteins”
  • Solid knowledge and experience in food proteins, textured vegetable proteins, extrusion processing, product formulation, meat substitutes, analytical testing, and specification systems.
  • Solid understanding of supply chain and commercialization.
  • Strong documentation, organization and time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • 20-40% travel required

What will set you apart:

  • Working experience in global organizations


Job Level: 16


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