Cargill Scientist, Modified Starch in Beijing, China

Scientist, Modified Starch

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Position Purpose

Supports related core technology component area for the Business/Department as well as key customers; supports related technology team to create value through effective leadership of technical project portfolio, infrastructure and budget.

Drives and supports the center of excellence in a given implementation of business defined technology needs, this position will give support for generating a pipeline of new ideas in line with the business opportunities identified for products targeted to various food application categories like Dairy, Meat and Convenience Food for example.

This position will coordinate with business and technology resources in other regions, teams, Cargill Business Units, and external partners to ensure that synergies are identified and applied to create value for the Business Unit.

Serves as the BU/ Department/ Team resource in one or more broad core technology components:

- Core Technology (e.g. separations, extraction, synthesis, hydrolysis)

- Enabling science (e.g. food safety, equipment & process, advanced analytics, sensory, nutrition)

- Ingredients/Product Lines (e.g. Modified starch)

Principal Accountabilities

Technology Leadership---45%

  • With limited direction, maintain, continually build, and systematically share knowledge of related products in alignment with business needs and technology developments using common tools

  • Closely align with Operations and closely support cost reduction initiatives, management of change, troubleshooting and piloting

  • With minimal oversight, maintain and systematically share competitive intelligence; manage intellectual property according to requirements

  • Support the development and execution of the Business Unit technology strategy; improve business unit effectiveness through collaboration, knowledge capture and sharing across the Business Unit and other Cargill Technology groups

  • Any other duties as assigned

Customer partnership---30%

  • Create and deliver solutions for customers through customer-focused innovation projects

  • Support product line efforts to create a pipeline of new ideas, in line with the opportunity spaces identified for the product lines

  • Support the Technical Services and Applications teams in solving customers’ problems and educating them about our products

Business Partnership---25%

  • Support related product line management initiatives/strategies to improve reliability and cost performance through high performance innovation

  • With minimal oversight, research related product technology know-how and develop product and improve production process for business growth

  • Actively support the top-line growth for the product lines by initiating and supporting customer-driven innovation

  • Facilitate project portfolio management according to business unit requirements and best practices

  • Manage the infrastructure and budget


Education, Experience,Skills


  • Master’s degree or above in Food Science, Chemistry or related majors


  • Thorough knowledge of starch, modified starch and learn about the application in food

  • Above 3 years’ experience in food ingredients product development


  • Good problem solving and critical thinking, with good business acumen and industry knowledge

  • Can be able to work independently on multiple projects and drive business results

  • Ability to identify and translate industry/market trends into new opportunities and solutions for existing and new customers/markets

  • Solid understanding of HACCP, Food Safety and QA principles and procedures. Ability to devise preventive and corrective actions in matters of EHS. Ability to perform an internal audit concerning EHS matters to make recommendations for improvement

  • Good reporting and presentation skills

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Fluent in Mandarin and English(written and verbal)

Job Research and Development

Primary Location China-Beijing

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: BEI00217