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Senior Analytical Chemist

Job Category:  Operations and Production
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Peoria, IL, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  1829

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


Position Summary

As our Senior Analytical Chemist, you will play a pivotal role in the production and development of the natural ferment strategy. You will spearhead analytical growth and will be responsible for the development and transfer of analytical methods for new processes, as well as support on-going production processes. The ideal candidate will be experienced in analytical method transfer as well as development of analytical methods.The position level may be adjusted corresponding to your experience and qualifications.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Technical Lead for analytical related innovation projects which includes, determining approach,  planning, setting deliverables and executing with the team.
  • Lead implementation of analytical methods for new fermentation products.
  • Implement/validate new analytical methods and technologies
  • Support the Peoria operations with analytical procedures, which includes mentoring production team.
  • Perform data analysis to develop understanding of the tradeoffs between process parameters and key performance indicators. 
  • Solve complex analytical problems.
  • Follow cGMP, cGLP, and OSHA guidelines with regard to work practices and safety.
  • Contribute to  project quality, provide technical overviews of analytical techniques employed, and insights from industry (technology trends, best analytical techniques, alternative analyses, new methodology, etc.)
  • Oversee equipment selection, modification, procurement, installation, and start-up in relation to Laboratory Equipment.
  • Analyze raw, intermediate, final product, and stability samples per compendial guidelines.
  • Qualify, calibrate, and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Write, review, and revise SOPs as required.
  • Review and revise laboratory systems on an ongoing basis.
  • Other duties as determined by business needs



  • BS/MS Chemistry or related field of study with 10+ years of experience.
  • Exceptional technical and analytical proficiency. Must have technical and hands on knowledge of analytical methods such as HPLC, GC, Discrete Analyzers such as Gallery, YSI, Water Methods, Titration.
  • Strong understanding of the principles of food science, food ingredient functionalities, laboratory analytical techniques, Analytical troubleshooting and method development, and lab equipment are required
  • Must have exceptional people leadership skills and be capable of collaborating in a cross-functional teams ( which includes engineers, scientists, operators, vendors, and partners/collaborators) and with upper management.
  • Proven track record of leading projects and delivering complicated objectives through others: consultants, team members, experts.
  • Ability to implement a LIMs system
  • Possess an internal customer focus, drive for results, and can-do mentality. 
  • Self-motivated, creative, and flexible in a fast-moving environment with a passion to deliver results. Must be able to work in an operational environment while also having a strong connection to the Corbion R&D department.
  • Open and easy communicator with excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Able to initiate projects and bring new ideas into the organization. Capable of self-management and managing multiple projects and tasks at once.
  • Travel up to 20% of the time to Europe for technology transfer with the R&D facility
  • This is a Monday- Friday role, with occasional weekends as necessary.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work is performed in a normal office setting and on a manufacturing floor. In the office setting, there will be minimal exposure to health or safety hazards, with substantial time spent working on a computer.
  • Requires sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate computer keyboard and other office equipment.
  • Laboratory operations will require dexterity and care to perform studies as required.
  • Production floor setting will result in exposure to hot and cold temperatures, noise, fumes, limited dust, and oily coolants.
  • Requires walking, climbing stairs, bending and occasional lifting of material up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • The performance of this position will present exposure to an industrial environment and requires support and compliance with the published Company PPE policy including but not limited to the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses with side shields, appropriate attire, safety shoes, hard hat, hearing protection, etc.

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: www.corbion.com


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.

Nearest Major Market: Peoria

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