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Principal Scientist

Job Category:  Product Development
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Lenexa, KS, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  4004

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


The Bakery Application Team is a critical part of the Corbion RDA Food team.  The Bakery Application Team plays a key role in developing new products for the baking industry, supporting the sales team, procurement, operations, and business development. This team works closely with the bakery industry team and RDA technology teams in leading and executing projects that will deliver products that will meet the market and customer needs. The person in this role will need to have a high level of sweet good experience.


  • Work as a technical leader and/or a team member in a cross-functional team environment to deliver business needed results.

  • Manage and conduct assigned projects independently. This includes up front knowledge seeking on newly assigned projects, developing and executing the technical plans, collecting and analyzing data, communicating project status and results internally and externally, generating reports and making presentations. All while adhering to the needed timelines and cost constraints.

  • Transfer bench top development to pilot scale production and to retail/wholesale manufacturing.

  • Work directly with customers in launching new products, giving trainings on new technologies, and helping trouble shoot problems and offer technical solutions.

  • Subject matter expert to customers and sales related to use of Corbion’s ingredients, application guidelines, formulations, production methods, troubleshooting, etc. in bakery industry

  • Serve as a technical resource for both internal and external customers.

  • Offer coaching and trainings to other RDA scientists for their competency development.

  • Be flexible in taking additional tasks as needed to support company'sbusiness



  • For this function, we are looking for a broadly trained food scientist that possess strong application knowledge in functional ingredients related to dough rheology, baking and sweet goods.

  • Result oriented individual with strong formulation and industrial processing knowledge relating to bakery products, with a major emphasis on sweet goods.

  • BS, MS or PhD degree in Bakery Science, Food Science, Cereal Chemistry, or related fields with 15+ years technical experience/development work with a major food or food ingredient company is required. AIB, or CMB a plus, but not required.

  • A customer focus, drive for results/can-do mentality is a must. Capable of building trusted relationship with customers and become their go-to expert.

  • Up to date working knowledge on bakery processes, industry best practice

  • High motivated self-starter with time-management skills, with the passion of driving for results.

  • Strong people skills (both in leading a project and in working with peers and management) are a must with open and clear communication skills. Capable of working effectively in cross-functional team environment.

  • Team-player: Builds on expertise of others, and is able to connect the dots to drive for optimal results for Corbion.

  • Creative, and knowledgeable team player: Ability to help Corbion to continuously make the difference on bakery formulation and processing

  • Highly competent in experimental design, statistical analysis, and project management

  • Strong problem solving skills


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 2021, Corbion generated annual sales of   € 1,070.8 million and has a workforce of over 2490 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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