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Senior Ingredient Technologist

Date: Dec 27, 2017

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Job Summary:

  • Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) is a global leader in the development, manufacturing & marketing of sports and nutrition solutions.  The company is headquartered in Downers Grove, IL and markets products under its own brands and for many of the leading brands of sports and wellness products through the world. This exciting business continues to grow rapidly and is currently seeking a Senior Ingredient Technologist. This position reports to the Ingredient Technology and Specification Manager. GPN is a wholly owned subsidiary of Glanbia, a multi-national nutritionals, dairy and food products business headquartered in Ireland.



Essential Functions:

  • Key role is in Second Sourcing and Alternate Ingredient Approval.
  • Manage team of 1-3 direct reports and assure all project work is parsed out appropriately.
  • Partner with Procurement/Quality Assurance to assure process is streamlined and adhered to. 
  • Coordinate projects identifying alternate sourcing of ingredients for quality improvement and cost reduction.
  • General knowledge of ingredients and critical requirements for quality and functionality.
  • Must have ability to work well in cross-functional teams.
  • Development of standard requirements of starting materials to assure finished product performs as desired every time.
  • Manage program to identify alternate sourcing of all ingredients for quality improvement and cost reduction.
  • This position will work closely with Quality Assurance/Control to define meaningful testing for receipt of ingredients to assure they will function as required in the finished product.
  • Will be responsible for output from direct reports, testing and approval of second sources for ingredients.
  • Drive turnaround time improvements by optimization of processes and testing.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

  • Knowledge of the position
    • Education or Experience in Food, Diary Science or Biochemistry.
    • Expertise in functionality of ingredients in general.
    • Will be Technical Material Expert for ingredient specifications.
  • Skills of the position
    • Experience based knowledge of ingredient functionality.
    • Proven experience of partnering with client/stakeholders as individuals and teams, ability to influence is essential, as a strong element of this role will be the ability to build and maintain relationships.
    • Must have good analytical skills and should be detail-oriented
    • Good leadership and people management skills
    • Excellent communication and written English skills.
    • Desire to manage people as back fill for Ingredient Technology Manager.
  • Abilities for the position
    • Ability to work in cross-functional teams and manage projects to deadlines.
    • Comfortable communicating with all levels of management
    • A self-starter with the ability to work autonomously.
    • Ability to manage and motivate direct reports.
    • Willingness to carry workload as well as manage overall second sourcing projects and team members.
    • Ability to clearly communicate with all types of employees


  Decision Making/ Problem Solving:

  • Identify key attributes for functionality of all key ingredients in sport nutrition products.
  • Determine outcome for second sourcing testing, if it is a fail identify the reasons and work with the supplier toward corrective actions to pass testing when appropriate.
  • Assure all ingredient specifications are meaningful and functionally based and current for all external audits.
  • Manage people including midyear and yearend reviews                       



  • B.S in Food/Dairy Science/Biochemistry or related field with 7+ years’ experience preferably with Ingredient Supplier; M.S or Ph.D. is preferred with experience in ingredient technology.
  • Desire to continue to build knowledge of functionality of key functional ingredients.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago