Senior Innovation Scientist - Remote (Kansas City or St. Joseph, MO)
Kansas City, MO  / St. Joseph, MO 
Posted 6 days ago
Job Description

Do you have 4-6 years of laboratory, product development, or product innovation experience in food, pet, beverage, agricultural or related industries? Do you possess an MS or PhD in a technical field? If you answered yes, and have good attention to detail, we want to hear from you!

Our mission at Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition is to provide solutions that enable our pet food, livestock, and aquaculture customers to flourish. This mission serves as the foundation for every decision we make to create the future of nutrition, from responsible sourcing to sustainability - and everything in between.

General Purpose and Scope of Position:

As a Sr. Innovation Scientist, your expertise will allow you to deliver customer-centered products and solutions by collaborating with cross-functional business partners including sales, production, procurement, laboratory services, and food safety/quality. Leveraging your technical skills and working alongside technical sales, you'll make a direct impact on the business to help our pet partners flourish. Along the way, you'll be guided by our deep-rooted culture and have the support and tools you need to do your job, learn, grow, and succeed.

Key Skills and Abilities Include:

  • MS or PhD in a technical field (chemistry, biology, food science, animal science, etc.)
  • 4-6 years of Laboratory, Product Development or Product Innovation experience in a food, pet, beverage, agricultural or related industry
  • Strong technical communication skills
  • Ability to work hands-on in a laboratory setting
  • Up to 15% travel
  • Knowledge of pet food ingredients and oxidation chemistry (Preferred)
  • Ability to draw conclusions and make business decisions through interpretation of data from well-designed research (Preferred)
  • Ability to lead projects autonomously and assist in commercialization (Preferred)

Key Personal Attributes Include:

  • You are scientifically curious with the ability to develop, execute and draw conclusions from research
  • You can create well-written reports and technical bulletins to articulate research results
  • You have knowledge of pet food production, regulations, and/or rendering processing
  • You are tenacious, dedicated, and thrive working with ownership, autonomy, and a healthy dose of competition

Specific Responsibilities and Key Deliverables Include:

  • Driving the development of new products and solutions for pet food and rendering customers
  • Validating the efficacy of the current ingredient portfolio and providing research technical bulletins
  • Executing plant trials, tests, and scale-ups
  • Qualifying new ingredients as part of product development, business continuity, and cost savings
  • Providing field support for onsite customer projects

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive annual salary (to be determined based on experience and other factors)
  • Benefits package (medical, dental, vision, 401k, Employee Assistance Program, vacation, sick time, life insurance, + more); Pension Plan, 401k match up to 3%
  • Drug-Free Workplace

If you are currently a Wilbur-Ellis employee, please notify your Manager prior to applying for this position. Thank you!

Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition, LLC is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, and is a marketer and distributor of value-added feed ingredients in North America and Asia-Pacific. Wilbur Ellis provides feed solutions to our customers and suppliers in the Livestock, Pet Food, and Aquaculture Industries. Providing a complete supply chain, including logistics, warehousing, and customer service, in addition to expertise in import/export and regulatory, sets Wilbur-Ellis apart from our competitors. We understand the importance of providing on-time delivery of specified products and honoring our suppliers' and customers' commitments.


Wilbur-Ellis is a company you can be proud to call your employer

Wilbur-Ellis markets and distributes agricultural products, animal feed, and specialty chemicals, and food ingredients. A privately held and consistently profitable company, we employ more than 4,000 people throughout North America and Asia-Pacific.

Wilbur-Ellis is for and about people

Wilbur-Ellis has enjoyed over 100 years of success and growth, all thanks to our people. Our employees are both leaders and team players who thrive on creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a dedication to quality work, our customers, and each other.

Wilbur-Ellis invests in the industry's best workforce

Wilbur-Ellis invests heavily in our employees by offering skill development and training, competitive compensation and benefits, and a tradition of promoting from within for a broad range of career opportunities. And we foster a supportive, people-first work environment.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Wilbur-Ellis Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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