Senior Research Engineer

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Date: Jan 27, 2023

Location: Lille Skensved, DK

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 $3.0 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary

At CP Kelco, we are making the difference by providing efficient ingredients that are derived from renewable raw materials found in nature. Our nature-based texturizing ingredients can be found in numerous products that are used by millions daily. Our thought leadership is clear, agile and growth minded focused on creating value for our customers, creating quality products, and solving our customer’s problems with innovative solutions.


We are looking for an experienced Senior Research Engineer within our Process Innovation Department to join a Global Team. The role is hands-on and you will be the bridge between the Lab and production. You will be responsible for activities of research and development, technical/ scientific solutions to create value with vision of company growing. As you will work with different persons within a specified activity, project, business and/or technical area you need to be a good team player. Since you will be working closely with the Brazilian plant, knowledge of Portuguese will facilitate communication at the associate level.


Responsibility includes preparing technical reports for documentation and technology transfer, being specific and clear. Use statistical tools for data analysis. Support specific projects according to the Company priorities, being able to coordinate projects. Influence others within the organization in a positive way, to reach agreement for new approaches and practices. Develop and applies knowledge to implement and/or improve tools, techniques or process, being able to reproduce scale up from small for industrial. Keep a good safety and environmental culture to evaluate risk analysis before any new specific trial, small or industrial scale, under CPKelco standard rules. Drive projects with agility, clear communication with the stakeholders, interested parts, using our existing system for Project Management.



  • ​​​​​​​Must be able to work in safe manner according to Huber requirements and values
  • Define equipment or process based on robust and conclusive trials or research
  • Prepare plan or work instructions for specific task or trial
  • Train operators for specific trial or activity, according to project requirements
  • Use scientific statistical methods in experimental design
  • Align with collaborators to secure progress and meeting deadlines, be organized to achieve the goals and transparent to show the barriers
  • Be focused and agile to attend customer needs
  • Strong teamwork, positive behavior to keep good and positive work environment
  • Identify and analyze problems, to search appropriated solutions
  • Develop new ideas to improve our portfolio, being creative, having a good vision of our business
  • Ability for people coordination and align projects according to priorities
  • No direct management responsibilities but has to be able to take over the department coordination for short or long periods

Required Skills


  • Master or PhD level in Chemical Engineering, Food Engineering or related technical role
  • 5+ years’ experience with research and development, process or new technologies.
  • Experience in extraction, unit operations in food or chemistry industry (separation, concentration, milling, drying).
  • Desirable experience in hydrocolloids, food additives and ingredients.
  • Desirable experience in Project Management
  • Fluent English skills (read, speak & write)
  • Cooperation and Teamwork skills.
  • Be agile with growth minded, performing work with sense of accuracy and timeliness. Be able to work with moderate guidance.
  • Be positive to deal with conflicts.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Hands-on to follow projects progress during trials and analyses. Must have the ability to manage time and priorities to effectively handle multiple projects with tight deadlines.
  • Results-driven

J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO/AAP employer.