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Senior Scientist - Plant Protein

Date: 03-Apr-2021

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3194

Company: Simplot

Simplot Australia Pty Limited (Simplot Australia) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the J.R. Simplot Company, a family-owned, multi-national food and agriculture business. Simplot Australia is trusted as one of the leading providers of quality, sustainable food for the ever-changing needs of consumers and customers in Australia, New Zealand and select Asia Pacific markets. We have built long term partnerships with Australian farmers and our unique and diverse product portfolio includes vegetable, meals and seafood manufacturing operations that supply chilled, frozen and shelf stable products to Australia's major supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and quick service restaurant customers. Our portfolio includes some of Australias most trusted and well-known brands including Birds Eye, Edgell, Leggos, John West, Chiko, I&J, Chicken Tonight, Five Brothers and Five Tastes.

The Role


  • Identify, manage and implement innovative science and technology solutions
  • Dynamic and engaging team environment
  • Working in our Innovation and Growth team


Due to continual growth and expansion we are currently looking for a Senior Food Scientist to join our dynamic Innovation and Growth team focusing on Plant / Protein products. This is an exciting newly created position that has been developed to support our market growth.

You will build leading edge scientific capability, support decision making on the right strategic plays and lead key projects to support the delivery of Simplot’s plant based protein growth platform.

The Opportunity


  • Develop the Science and Technology Strategy for Plant based protein to optimise our position and improve the quality and costs of our plant-based products
  • Create a roadmap to deliver the strategy and the key Science & Technology 
  • Project work with the relevant teams and external partners
  • Identify, build and manage robust external collaborative partnerships along the value chain to help deliver the Science & Technology strategy for plant based protein
  • Build internal expertise in plant protein, being on the forefront of plant based science, keeping abreast with the very latest scientific and technological advancements
  • Build and promote a professional profile in the external markets
  • Proactively transfer knowledge on relevant Plant protein Science & technology insights to key business stakeholders


As our Senior Food Scientist you will analyse the technical landscape for plant-based protein including crop breeding, protein functionality, extrusion, blending and processing. You will articulate the challenges, and identify opportunities for Simplot.

What will you bring


  • Exceptional ability to develop and grow external collaborative partnerships to enable knowledge sharing and fast track innovation
  • Relevant associated bachelor’s degree
  • Exceptional writing skills for technical and general audiences and ability to influence with commercial awareness
  • A proven track record of analysing scientific literature and publishing literature reviews
  • Experience translating scientific information into formats for non-scientific professionals
  • A functional understanding of the principles, methods, equipment, and techniques used in plant-based meat research and manufacturing, with a preferred focus on plant-based ingredients and raw material processing and functionality highly regarded
  • Strategic mind and future focused: you will be responsible for developing the Plant based protein Science strategy for Simplot 
  • You will be action orientated with Innovation management experience
  • Demonstrated Growth Mindset 
  • Strong project management skills


To be successful in this role, you will have a strong understanding for developing Plant based protein Science strategies, combined with a thorough knowledge of food science within proteins.


With strong analytical, problem solving, organisational and communication skills, you also have the ability to work well autonomously as well as within a team environment.



  • Income protection insurance
  • Option to purchase additional Annual Leave
  • Parental Leave policy for Primary Carers
  • Variety of Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Awards recognising long serving and high achieving employees 
  • Short Term Incentive Benefits for Employees 
  • Offerings including Financial, Novated Leasing and Discounted Products and Services.


This is an outstanding opportunity to build your professional experience as a Senior Scientist and gain exposure to Simplot's end to end development approach. 


If this sounds like you, please Apply online today. 



Job Requisition ID: 3982 

Travel Required: None 

Location(s): Chifley Business Park Office - Melbourne 

Country: Australia 


Simplot Australia is trusted as one of the leading providers of quality, sustainable food for the ever-changing needs of consumers and customers in Australia, New Zealand and chosen Asia Pacific markets. Simplot Australia is family owned by the J.R. Simplot Company, a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution. Simplot Australia is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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