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Principal Scientist, Bakery Enzymes

Job Category:  Research and Development
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Lenexa, KS, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  2382

At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.


The Principal Scientist, Enzymes plays a key role in delivering Food Technology and Application projects that contribute to Corbion’s growth.  This role reports to the Director, Technology and Functional Blends and can be based in our Lenexa, Kansas OR Gorinchem, Netherlands laboratories.  As Principal Scientist, you will serve as the enzyme subject matter expert (overall properties, safety, and shelf life of food applications) for projects and contribute to the Technology and Functional Blends team. Partners with internal stakeholders as well as suppliers and customers.


If you are committed to building, maintaining, and delivering a robust and effective innovation pipeline as well as customer support according to the business needs, this might be the growth opportunity you’re seeking!



  • Subject Matter Expert in the design and execution of the Functional Blends Strategy with focus on enzyme technology for the baking industry, in line with the Business Strategy and Innovation Roadmap of Corbion Sustainable Food Solutions.
  • Be a key player in translating the Business Strategy into the Technology Roadmap, and its execution. Drive the research and exploration of new technologies and enzyme solutions and the improvement of the existing ones to be implemented in existing and new applications that create profitable growth for Corbion.
  • Build Corbion’s enzyme biochemical analysis and research capabilities.
  • Lead & develop projects driven by enzyme technology, both innovation and customer related.
  • Build, strengthen, and safeguard the technology expertise and competences of the R&D team. Contribute to a culture of high standards performance, curiosity and continuous learning, continuous improvement, knowledge cross-fertilization within and beyond the department. Identify appropriate learning programs for self in line with Business needs and opportunities. Contribute to the database management.  
  • Collaborate with Sales, Application & Technical Service, and Corbion Customers for the needs in food applications, trouble-shooting, solution development/understanding, and trainings.
  • Work closely with Enzyme suppliers in learning and transforming their new technologies to application solutions that will create value to Corbion and our customers.
  • Proactively develop the project pipeline in collaboration with the main stakeholders, in line with Corbion’s KPI’s and profitable growth targets.



  • Bachelor’s/MSc degree in Food Science, Biochemistry, Protein Chemistry, Cereal Chemistry or equivalent experience. Any further education/PhD is a plus.
  • Specialized in enzyme functionalities and their analysis, with focus on bakery/food , and a good understanding of various food applications and food science.
  • Extensive experience (more than 15 years) in enzyme analysis, development, functionalities, and application in bakery/food.
  • Capable to translate the scientific/technical knowledge into profitable business opportunities.
  • Working knowledge of innovation processes and project management, in a multi-functional project environment.
  • Familiar with complex and international environment, within a matrix organization.
  • Customer focused and solution oriented mindset.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter, and proactive approach. 
  • Capable of building trusted relationship with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong team-player skills: build on expertise of others, and able of connecting the dots to drive for success.

About Corbion

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2020, Corbion generated annual sales of   € 986.5 million and has a workforce of over 2250 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


Corbion is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workplace.  All applicants will be considered equally without regard to race, color, ethnicity, veteran status, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an organization or any other non-merit factors.


Corbion provides reasonable accommodation to applicants.




Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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