Senior Scientist Consumer & Industrial - CP Kelco

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Date: Jun 15, 2022

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.


Where permitted by applicable law, candidate must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered for U.S.-based job, if not currently employed by J.M. Huber Corporation or one of it's affiliates.

Position Summary

This role will be for a strong, individual contributor within CP Kelco’s global Applications Development team accountable for Growth Through Innovation (GTI) projects under the Technology and Growth pipelines. This is a hands-on, lab-based position, focused on developing the use of CP Kelco hydrocolloids in finished consumer and industrial products that may include personal care, consumer care, home care including surfactant systems and other applications.

The position requires a strong inclination to look at macrosystems on a molecular level, and the application of knowledge in physical properties, as well as data analysis and interpretation. Projects are typically long-term and aim to problem solve; troubleshooting, ideation, formula optimization), to develop a deep understanding of ingredient structure-function effects in a wide variety of applications, and to find innovative applications for novel CP Kelco products.

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.

This role requires working with and learning from other R&D functions within CP Kelco, as well as Marketing and Sales teams.


Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop ideas and utility for CP Kelco products (experimental and existing) in Personal care, Oral Care, Home Care applications with Customer Value Creation in mind.
  • Design and execute well-planned experiments, analyze complex data and propose innovative solutions. Document experimental results and conclusions completely, in a well-organized fashion and in a timely manner.
  • Strong individual contributor who will be key in solving long-term, complex, self-driven projects.
  • Participate in technical discussions with internal colleagues and external partners & customers to share knowledge and provide input to solve challenges.
  • Actively participate in technical project teams; may lead technical project teams comprising team members from different geographies and functions to support specialized projects with high levels of technical complexity.
  • Develop and apply knowledge to implement and/or improve tools, techniques and work processes.
  • Helps to influence and train others, and to create new technical capabilities.
  • Role may include regional and international travel to trade shows, conferences, customers and other CP Kelco technical sites.

Specialized/Technical Knowledge or Required Skills

  • PhD. Degree in chemistry/chemical engineering or a closely related technical field with 5 relevant experience in formulating consumer care products. Candidates with master’s degree and 7 - 10 years of relevant experience will be considered.
  • Passion for science with strong experience in wet chemistry, emulsion, surfactant, and water-based polymer systems and formulating consumer care products (eg. Personal care, Oral Care, Home Care products etc.).
  • Expertise and knowledge of the physical chemistry of carbohydrate polymers and their application in consumer care products
  • Experience with the use of rheometers, and knowledge of common rheological properties.
  • Skilled in project management, especially in outlining initial scoping and proof of concept stages.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills to share key learnings both inside and outside the organization.
  • Self-driven, attention to detail, ability to manage long-term, complex projects with a sense of urgency.
  • Must be proactive, energetic, and curious and have creative problem-solving skills
  • Enjoys a fast-paced environment with a positive “can do” attitude.
  • Good creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and changing priorities; willing to change directions quickly and often, as needed.
  • Ability to influence and gather opinions directly and indirectly.
  • Ability to evaluate risk and recommend path forward.
  • Business acumen; customer and market orientation. Able to translate commercial needs into technical programs and business opportunity, and drive those for execution.
  • Future thinking with a “whole systems” view.


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


Nearest Major Market: Atlanta