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Research & Development Chemist

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Date: Nov 11, 2022

Location: Channahon, IL -Illinois, US, 60410

Company: Bunge


Manages and leads oils & fats programs, projects, and initiatives with related to core technologies of oil chemistry, oil & shortening processing, oil analytical, and oil quality for Bunge North America.  The incumbent has a major impact on the technical organization and provides high impact support to innovation and customer project teams. Innovates from idea generation through proof of concept to commercialization while creating new processes or operating procedures that lead to competitive advantage for Bunge. Works with Marketing, Sales, Procurement, vendors, co-manufacturers, consulting firms, universities, research organizations, and raw material and equipment suppliers. 


Essential Functions:

  • Assuming the role of innovator, project leader and technical problem solver, teaming with cross-functional partners including other Technologists, Quality, Regulatory, Product Management, Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Operations, Procurement and Supply Chain.
  • Developing, managing, organizing, and coordinating projects while increasing level of understanding of products, processes and methods.
  • Being actively involved in innovation/customer solutions including process development, product formulation, design of unique unit operations and plant start-ups.
  • Fully documents and filing product formulas, testing results, process conditions, and all research and product development related data.
  • Ensures that formula undergoes evaluation prior to customer testing. Works with Procurement to determine ingredient availability/cost information.
  • Schedules equipment and provide test plan to the lab and pilot plant operations team for all scale-up and testing.
  • Leads plant testing and startup preparation. Converts development formulations to production formulas. Writes and issues plant test/start-up plans and effectively communicates verbally and in writing to stakeholders as appropriate. Executing the startup plan, addressing start-up issues, and participating in general startup activity. Attends and support daily team meetings and food and ingredient reviews during production startup
  • Submits test samples for chemistry analysis to generate nutrition labeling information and provides input to Regulatory to generate nutritional information to ensure product labels are correct.
  • Assists Quality and Operations in establishing the Quality parameters, specifications and supporting process documentation.
  • Works with cross functional teams to refine/optimize the process, reduce cost of goods, and resolve quality issues.
  • Makes recommendations on and develop new products and processes with minimal supervision.      
  • Often incorporates technology from other disciplines in the development of new products, new methods.
  • Maintains basic understanding of industry trends, competitor technologies, and regulatory issues.
  • Reviews and critically assesses industrial & research trends and provides recommendations on internal and external partners.


Skills/Experience Requirements:

  • Position requires Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry related sciences or related field with 10 years of related experience OR a Master of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related field with 5 years of experience, or a PhD degree in Chemistry, Food Chemistry or related field with 1-2 years of experience.
  • The incumbent must possess leadership, cost consciousness, communication skills, and diplomacy that will promote good relations with all facets and other technical and scientific disciplines in the effective execution of projects to accomplish Corporate and Area objectives and demanding schedules.
  • This individual must be able to function effectively as a Project Manager, Planner, Coordinator, Communicator and Technical Expert.
  • The incumbent must have hands-on experience working with GC-MS and similar systems and can troubleshoot problems to major analytical equipment used in Oils & Fats research.


Job location and Travel:

  • This position might be trained at multiple Bunge facilities during onboarding period and requires 25% travel time.
  • The position need handle up to 25 kg weight of material.

Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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