Senior Scientist

Date: Jan 25, 2023

Location: Hilbert, United States

Company: Ornua Co-operative Limited

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food, Dairy, or related scientific field with at least 5 years of industrial experience or advanced degree (MS/PhD) in closely related scientific field with at least 3 years of experience and/OR strong knowledge of the science of dairy ingredients and non-dairy ingredients and their quality, functionality and interactions within cheese matrix.
  • Must have valid driver’s license with flexibility to travel and visit customers up to 10-15% of the time
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. as needed


Other Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experienced in developing standardized/non-standardized processed cheese or imitation cheese
  • Experience working in application lab, pilot plant systems and with laboratory instrumentation.
  • Experience working in Food industry - B2B product development, formulation, and commercialization of cheese/dairy/food products  
  • Familiarity with FDA Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) cheese standards, and dairy products guidelines, definitions, nutritional and labeling claims.
  • Experience or familiarity working with starch systems, protein matrices and/or plant-based cheese
  • Lean Six Sigma experience/certification or likewise
  • Culinary experience designing custom applications with custom cheese ingredients will be a plus  
  • Working knowledge of sensory science and texture analysis techniques   


Principal Duties:

  • Provides strong expertise and technical leadership on new product development, functionality in end products, and commercializing them in collaboration within R&D/Innovation, and cross-collaboration with commercial (sales), procurement, finance, and quality assurance departments.
  • Conducts optimization projects based on sound understanding and knowledge of OINA capabilities
  • Mentors and upskill others on technical leadership, project management, material risk assessment
  • Initiates and drives projects, focusing on ROI, efficiency to address short-term and long-term business needs & support other projects as needed
  • Develops and commercializes high quality, innovative, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable cheese solutions
  • Contributes to determine new approaches within existing business and to identify new business opportunities
  • Conducts pilot and production plant experiments to test and develop new products and processes.
  • As necessary, conducts laboratory evaluations on composition and functionality of products and ingredients
  • Investigates new technologies for producing safe, high quality food products
  • Participates in on-going sensory/organoleptic analyses and shelf life studies of Ornua products as required
  • Uses planning and organization, time management, and project management skills to deliver results
  • Establishes control limits for production items and manages process/formulation changes.



  • Customer Focus – Advocates for the customer, balances customer and business needs, and spots opportunities for growth
  • Communicative – Applies advanced communication skills, considering impact on the audience and desired outcomes
  • Curiosity – Creates an environment for innovative thinking; rewards and recognizes creative thinking and continuous improvement.
  • Forward looking – Leads other through change and contributes to competitive challenges and functional strategic plans.


Travel requirements:

  • Up to 15% travel to other OINA locations, customer sites and industry events

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