Protein Technology Expert

Updated: 25th September 2017

OPPORTUNITY

A dynamic global natural product and biotechnology company is expanding its portfolio and requires an experienced, organised and methodical technical protein expert with a practical approach. The protein expert will own and drive a major company project from the pilot stage, through scale-up to full commercial production.

With a strong process engineering and process design knowledge, the ideal candidate will have excellent project management skills, a successful track record and a ‘can-do’ attitude. This pivotal project is a company priority within its North American and European regions, meaning the successful candidate can expect to have very senior level exposure.

POSITION

    The company requires a Protein Technology Expert to lead and champion the process development and scale-up for its innovative protein hydrolysate. The expert will utilise product and process development expertise to successfully build, scale-up and continue to innovate in the human protein ingredient markets.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Initially liaising between Innovation and the Supply Chain Department, the expert will lead product and process optimisation to deliver cost efficient, high quality protein products
  • Work closely with the Chief Marketing Officer to deliver commercial protein production on schedule
  • Establish and execute technology transfer strategy in collaboration with supply chain
  • Support design and start-up for scaled protein production, providing technical assistance for customers
  • Develop new and more efficient protein products and processes to grow the category
  • Building internal relationships, mainly with colleagues in the product development, supply chain and regulatory departments
  • Building external relationships with contract manufacturers, contract research organisations (CRO) and customers
  • Applicant could be remotely based, travelling to the head office and production sites (1 week per month)
  • Willingness to travel internationally within Europe and North America
  • In the mid to long-term, travel to US for site evaluation/partner meetings and production start-up will likely be required (up to 50% of time)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Technical competence to deliver products/processes through design, technology transfer, engineering and scale-up
  • Ability to evaluate alternatives to deliver the most financially efficient products and/or processes
  • Detail in maintaining accurate records of all development projects
  • Leadership capabilities in establishing and managing cross-functional teams
  • Experience managing project budgets and costs
  • Effective networker, able to build and maintain relationships with academic and CRO partners
  • Fluent in English, with excellent MS Office skills

CRITICAL COMPETENCIES

  • Knowledge of relevant protein/food processing technology market and process engineering principles
  • Ability to responsibly structure and lead simple and complex projects
  • Effectively communicate, engage and manage key relationships, both internally and externally
  • Possession of a commercial mindset to deliver the most economically attractive project outcomes

EXPERIENCE

  • Industry experience in protein ingredient processing, technology and/or manufacturing
  • Experience working with filtration, hydrolysis and spray drying unit operations is preferred
  • Demonstrated project management capabilities
  • Proven track record in developing and scaling-up new products to commercial production levels
  • Either 3+ years industry experience (with a PhD or MSc) or 5+ years (BSc) in food, chemical or related engineering

COMPANY CULTURE AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

  • An innovative, fast-moving, collaborative culture
  • The company operates with a start-up mentality, giving employees freedom but with an understanding of the need to deliver results
  • The company continuously looks to ‘think outside the box’ to grow its business
  • Package

  • Competitive with benefits
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