Scientist, Consumer & Industrial - Sales Technical Service Lab

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Date: Sep 6, 2021

Location: Atlanta, GA, US

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: CP Kelco 

CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty ingredients which are added to improve texture, consistency, and stability in food, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Our products are derived from renewable raw materials found in nature for use in jam, fruit and milk drinks, confectionery products as well as industrial applications. We work across the whole value chain from natural raw materials to customers’ end products. CP Kelco is part of the JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held, family owned companies in the United States.  With approximately $2.3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary

Are you a customer obsessed, problem solving Scientist that likes to collaborate ? If so, we have a role within our Innovation Center on our Sales Technical Service Lab Team.  This is a hands-on, lab-based position, focused on the use of CP Kelco hydrocolloids in finished consumer and industrial products that may include pharmaceuticals, personal care, cosmetics, detergents and other applications. Projects are typically short term and aim to solve problems for external customers (trouble-shooting, ideation, formula optimization). Projects will involve evaluation, optimization, and understanding of the science and technology behind CP Kelco hydrocolloid solutions within the context of complete formulas and processes to provide the desired functionalities in finished applications. You will be working with and learning from other R&D functions within CP Kelco, as well as Marketing and Sales teams.

What you will be working on

  • Key team member in solving issues for external customers
  • Passion for science with a strong background in one of more of the following: hydrocolloid structure-function properties, emulsion science, rheology, encapsulation, and/ or physical chemistry. 
  • Designs and executes well-planned experiments, can analyze complex data, and propose innovative solutions.  Documents experimental results and conclusions completely, in a well-organized fashion and in a timely manner.
  • A team player that incorporates the fundamental knowledge of other R&D functions, as well as creative ideas outside of R&D. 
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills to share key learnings both inside and outside the organization.
  • Ensures projects are completed on time, using the proper CP Kelco ingredients for the functionality required and processing techniques that are appropriate for the application.  Ensures reports and presentations provided are of high quality and professional.
  • Participates in technical discussions, both with technical colleagues and customers to share knowledge and experience, providing input for solving challenges.
  • Strong critical thinking skills; continuously develops and applies knowledge gained to new projects and applications.
  • Creative problem-solver.
  • Works in a safe manner according to the Huber Principles and values.
  • Role may include regional and international travel to trade shows, conferences, customers and other CP Kelco technical sites.

Who your are

  • Master’s degree in Chemistry or related field with 1-3 years of related experience or BS in Chemistry with 3-5 years of relevant industry experience with applications such as household, oral care, personal care, industrial.
  • Chemistry background, with experience in formulating water - based polymer applications 
  • Experience with formulations such as laundry detergent, toothpaste, cosmetics
  • Experience with water-based polymers and how they are used to stabilize consumer products.
  • Ability to propose develop and validate new test methods.
  • Ability to write lab reports
  • Fluent in English; excellent technical writing and oral communication skills. This role will interface with customers.
  • Must be proactive, energetic, curious, highly motivated to learn, and learn quickly and dynamically when executing daily activities.
  • A team player with outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter, pays attention to detail, has a sense of urgency.
  • Enjoys a fast-paced environment, positive attitude, and ready to learn.
  • With project needs understood, can work independently to complete the project. 
  • Good creative problem-solving skills.


J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO/AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required.


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