Cargill Senior Development Scientist in Plymouth, Minnesota

Senior Development Scientist

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

The Senior Development Scientist is a lead collaborator in fats and oils technology for Food Service frying to support Large Chain Food Service (LCFS) customers. Acts as a key technology resource for the oils and fats product line in Food Service oils and the food applications areas of coating technology, frying, blending, and sensory.Works with leading LCFS customers to identify key problems and opportunities to bring insights into development projects that result in customer value.Drives the identification of cutting edge technology and integration into projects to supports the strategic direction of the Food Service category. Seeks out new opportunities to combine food technology, restaurant equipment evolution, oil formulations, and digital integration to deliver differentiate solutions to customers.Develops new products and service systems that are translated into commercial applications and value.As a senior investigator will propose, plan, drive execution, and support implementation during commercial release. Identifies opportunities that capture IP throughout the discovery process and proactively works with intellectual asset management team.Typical work split is 50% customer/business interactions and 50% project work.

30% Research Focus on Opportunities:

  • Converts insights from customer meetings, global Food Service regional input, and emerging trends and technology into projects.Projects are designed to translate research into marketable customer solutions and core knowledge for customer support.

  • Identifies research focus of projects from discovery to commercialization.Plans research activities, required resources, risks, and budget to completions.

  • Independently design complex research project and is accountable to deliver projects within scope and timeline.Will delegate certain aspects of execution to junior team members.

  • Combines deep technical technology and customer experience into project development and execution to accelerate the creation of a finished product that meeting commercial expectation.Has experience to modify project approach during discovery phase.

30% Product Development and Trials:

  • Creates customer problem statement to be solved which creates global and regional business value. Draws upon expertise of Cargill global research and applications team for input to approach.

  • Utilizes technology knowledge to understand the interaction of oil and frying systems on food products to deliver taste, nutrition, and quality to consumers.

  • Independently designs complex research and development projects to understand the chemistry of frying that contributes to food quality.Will leverage global research expertise to drive differentiate approaches to accelerate product development while delivering target goals of food performance.

  • Uses frying lab and customer store operations to quantify developed product. Will engage internal enabling sciences in sensory, analytics, and packaging to support product development.Will coordinate testing in regional centers to deliver on global expectations or to make required modifications for regional adaption.

  • Analyzes, interprets, and documents project results at key gates to Food Service business and sales teams.

  • Will determine next steps in project or required modification in trial activities.Manager will provide minor recommendations on forward direction.

  • Advocate for safety through training, tips, observations, feedback, and insights.

20% Portfolio Contributions and Customer Communications:

  • Contributes to the Food Service category innovation pipeline with ideas which can convert scientific insight into value added products and frying systems.Connects the science of frying and food science to commercial applications that are differentiated and valued by the customer.

  • Directly contributes to the innovation pipeline within the strategic focus of the Food Service category. Brings insights from a broad swath of industry innovations that when combined create unique business opportunities.

  • Coordinates and monitors progress of complex projects in Food Service R&D. Projects can have multiple sub projects which need to be coordinated by the Developer to drive interdependencies. Ensures proper resources are allocated to achieve goals and budget target.

  • Designs and delivers complex communication material to support product releases and process improvements to internal and external customers.

  • In collaboration with Technical and Field Service teams, develops and supports the delivery of training materials and solutions to customers.

20% Customer and Business Relationships for Value Creation:

  • Uses deep technical knowledge of fats and oil in frying and food service applications to support innovation through partnering with the Food Service category business and key strategic customers ( for example McDonald’s, Culvers, YUM Brands, Wendy’s, etc.).

  • Identifies the next emerging trend and technology in the food service space through partnerships with universities, food service equipment manufacturers, technology suppliers, and participation in scientific forum

  • As a lead collaborator provides global support to customers and regional Tech Service teams to identify business opportunities, propose new solutions, and bring cutting edge innovation into play.

  • Works directly with key food service customers to provide value added changes in products and processes in par frying and restaurant operations to improve food to oil use (yield), fry system management (cost), nutrition, flavor, and texture enhancement.

  • Addresses emerging trends and impact to product performance and consumer choices.

  • Partners with Intellectual Asset Management to develop strategies in projects that protect innovation, manage customer interactions to comply with policies, and support the active development of IP applications and defense.

This position is posted internally as well as externally.


Required Qualifications

  • BS in Food Science, Chemistry, or related field

  • Minimum 5 years of Product Development experience

  • Three years of full time working experience in edible oil industry or academia

  • Demonstrated ability to organize multiple priorities on dynamic schedule, prioritization skills

  • Working experience in food service environment;

  • Exposed to food safety and food handing

  • Understanding food sensory properties and influence of the oil system on these properties

  • Ability to drive multifunctional collaborations

  • Ability to lead complex technical projects

  • Ability to learn and implement new complex technologies

  • Proficiency in project management

  • Excellent verbal, presentation and written communication skills

  • Effective interpersonal and team working skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS or Ph.D. in Food Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or other related discipline

  • 7 years R&D Food Industry experience

  • 7 years in fats and oils product development

  • Experience in scientific paper and patent writing

  • Field service and technical service experience.

  • Frying oils analytical test experience.

  • Worked directly with customers in development of food solutions

  • Lead research project indepently and drive outcomes

  • Self-driven, skilled in work planning and execution, seeking out for self-development and improvement.

  • Ability to seek out the problems to be solve with customers

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Research and Development

Primary Location US-MN-Plymouth

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: PLY00480