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Senior Industrial Applications Specialist

Senior Industrial Applications Specialist

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US-IL-Bedford Park
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Innovation (IN)

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Job Title: Senior Industrial Applications Specialist

Position Location: Bedford Park, IL or Bridgewater, NJ

Reports To: Sr. Manager, Customer Solutions and Product Innovation


Ingredion is hiring a Senior Industrial Applications Specialist who will be responsible for providing formulation expertise to external and internal customers for a broad range of Industrial applications. They will work with both product prototypes and the existing portfolio to find solutions that will work in our customer’s applications and make adjustments to formulations and/or products as necessary.  The Senior Industrial Applications Specialist will also provide advanced technical support to our customers and be responsible for publishing both product technical and marketing materials to meet business needs.


As a Senior Industrial Applications Specialist your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing new formulations and proving out product portfolio’s functionality in customer applications and targeted markets and making adjustments/recommendations as necessary.
  • Proactively proposing and researching new product ideas, reviewing prior art, and identifying solutions to achieve performance. Evaluating current product offerings compared to required functionality in targeted markets and making recommendations for either new product development or complete existing product modification.
  • Gaining customer insights from the Sales and Technical Services teams on new technologies of interest and working closely with the New Product Development and go-to-market teams on commercializing those products. Supporting research and new product development activities.
  • Creating product line extensions through modifications (chemical, physical) to our existing portfolio.
  • Performing assignments involving complex laboratory procedures with minimal supervision. Independently carrying out assignments, constantly reviewing data for accuracy and interpreting and communicating results effectively to project teams.
  • Planning and carrying out laboratory experiments and organizing appropriate data and maintaining findings in electronic lab notebooks.
  • Developing and maintaining a strong working knowledge of Ingredion’s products and customers. Collaborating closely with our Sales, Product Development, and Technical Services teams to deliver new business.
  • Creating new product technical documentation in support of commercialization.
  • Providing technical expertise and support to customers and our internal go-to-market teams on a broad range of product technologies and applications.
  • Collaborating with peers and managers well; both within and external to the Industrial team; understanding how and with who to collaborate with. Builds strong relationship with our Global Innovation Group. Building sustainable external relationships that deliver value for the business. 

The Senior Industrial Applications Specialist position is well suited for you if you:

  • Have an enthusiasm for laboratory works and method development and a deep curiosity to diagnose problems and find solutions.
  • Are self-motivated and results driven with a strong focus on detail and quality of deliverables
  • Prefer to work in collaborative teams
  • Anticipate customer needs and proactively create new solutions
  • Embrace change, are open to new ideas and approaches and incorporate them into your own work 

Qualified candidates will have:

  • BS degree in technical discipline with 5 to 10 + years’ experience in Paper and/or Corrugating field in a Product Development, Technical Service, Sales, and/or Manufacturing role required.  MBA preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience of creative, hands-on concept development formulation using laboratory and/or pilot plant equipment.
  • Keen understanding of Paper and/or Corrugating manufacturing and associated unit operations and how they run.
  • Strong project management skills and experience to execute work and deliver projects on time. Understands how project plans and priorities are set and resourced.
  • Strong collaboration skills, ability to leverage networks both internally and externally.
  • Familiarity with experimental design, statistical data analysis and results interpretation.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, collaboration, and technical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to analyze results and prepare findings in technical summary reports. Construct moderately complex data tables and graphs.
  • Ability to travel approximately 25% of time.

Relocation Available?           Yes

Job Grade:                 G


Despite its global scope and the advancement opportunities that come with it, Ingredion has the intimacy of a mid-size company, one where different perspectives are sought and where relationships matter.


A career at Ingredion combines the benefits and professional opportunities afforded a $7 billion leader in our industry with the dynamic environment and team-driven culture you’d expect in a much smaller company. 

We believe in the power of our people to work together to seize opportunities, overcome obstacles and exceed expectations. Each day, individuals make a meaningful difference in the quality of our products and the success of our technology and operations and, in turn, the quality of life for consumers.