Innovation Scientist

R.C. Treatt & Co. Ltd Northern Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 6NL

Temporary | Posted 4 weeks ago


Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Hours: 40 hours per week


The Opportunity

As an Innovation Scientist, your role within the organisation is to provide our customers with solutions which offer a direct benefit, gain new business and financial reward as a result. By collaborating with commercial and category management, you will gain an understanding of customer and market needs and be able to direct research to provide solutions which meet these requirements. You will be someone who keeps up to date with the latest technologies and research and is always willing to share your knowledge and experience with colleagues. You will be a self-starter with a strong initiative and possess good organisation skills to manage a busy workload.

What it’s like to work here

We’ve been making the world taste better since 1886 and sell over 3000 products in more than 90 countries, but we’re only just getting started. We’re on an exciting journey and have ambitious plans to become the indispensable partner of choice for the world’s leading flavour and fragrance houses, beverage and consumer brands.
On joining Treatt, you’ll become one of over 300 international experts, working together to collectively surprise and delight our customers. Nothing is more important to us than the happiness of our people as without them, we’d never succeed.

We think Treatt’s a great place to work, but don’t just take our word for it:

“Everyone wants your feedback and opinion; it feels like a place of study where nurturing and encouragement are the standard. It is very clear the hard work that goes into providing excellence for customers, but it is also very apparent that managers have the same goals for helping us all to progress.” – Anita Cooper, Quality Analyst

“Treatt offers the opportunity to work with a team of fantastic people on a range of interesting and innovative products” – Magdalena Baczewska, Applications Technologist

“Joining my close and supportive team was the most enjoyable way to gain more skills and increase my knowledge” – Ashley Dennis, Manufacturing Support Analyst

What you’ll be doing

The duties and tasks of an Innovation Scientist include:
• Submitting new product development ideas which have the potential to become commercial items.
• Designing, scoping and managing projects within innovation providing regular documented updates to key stakeholders.
• Overseeing and facilitating scale-up of newly developed ingredients, products, or processes to ensure a seamless handover to manufacturing and quality functions.
• Collaborating with Category management to understand the financial impact of your project.
• Investigating alternative processing techniques and technologies which have the potential to create products with a unique value proposition or competitive advantage.
• Having a limited understanding of Treatt ingredients and product portfolios
• Using analytical methods including GC, GCMS/MSMS, HPLC, Chiral analysis
• Carrying out basic wet chemistry
• Sampling a range of ingredients from stock following health & safety procedures to ensure personal and environment health & safety is not compromised.
• Ensuring that the working area in the laboratory is maintained in a clean and orderly condition and that any hazard or potential hazard is reported.
• Contributing to continuous improvement initiatives (e.g. suggestions on improvements in efficiency, cost cutting, improvements in effectiveness of operations).
• Carrying out daily checks on a rotational basis to ensure the working area is maintained to a high level.
• Writing and reviewing COSHH assessments.
• Have a basic understanding of IT systems used within the department to fulfil the role. These include JDE, STARS, SDS viewer, MADs, WERCs, Cascade, TIPPs and SharePoint.
• Writing and reviewing Standard Operating Procedures and Risk Assessment.
• Following change control procedures for setting up new items, amending BOMs and specifications and issuing Fast Feasibility documents and subsequent scale up processes.

The ideal candidate will have a degree within a scientific field, preferably chemistry, with two years experience in a similar role.

Previous experience of working in a Research role with an understanding of good laboratory practice, proven experience of handling a range of chemicals used within the F&F industry would also be advantageous. Basic computer are essential.

It is also desirable to have experience of conducting COSHH assessments and Risk Assessments and experience of Analytical and Wet chemistry using a range of testing techniques.

What we’ll do for you

We offer an excellent package which includes a competitive salary; a generous holiday entitlement with the opportunity to purchase additional holiday.
With the encouragement and development you need, we help you to become your ultimate you. Beyond building a successful career, we also support the wishes and ambitions of our staff outside of the office in achieving a health work/life balance - the wellbeing of our staff is paramount to us, which we actively promote and support by regularly delivering a variety of wellbeing initiatives and offering responsibility based flexibility. There will also be opportunities to be actively involved in community and charity projects and to take part in numerous subsidised social events.

Polite Notice

We politely request that we are not contacted by any recruitment agencies. We have a preferred supplier list and high volumes of speculative calls from agencies negatively impact upon the efficiency of our business. Please help us to maintain the highest levels of customer service by respecting our wishes.

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