Application Scientist Global and EMEA

Do you want to help improve food and health around the world?

At Oterra, food and health are at the heart of everything we do and every day over 400 million people eat a product with our colors in it. We believe that nature got it right the first time and as a leading manufacturer of colors from natural sources, we are here to make a difference for healthy living and sustainable agriculture. We need the brightest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Until 1 April 2021, Oterra was part of Chr. Hansen A/S, a Danish listed company. On April 1, the company was sold to EQT, a leading Nordic private equity firm, and now operates as a stand-alone company.

Want to join us?


The team for you to join

You will be joining the Innovation & Application team with colleagues from different nationalities and working in multiple locations around the world.


Oterra develops natural colors and functional food ingredients based on concentrates of natural fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potato, grape skin, carrot and beet. The products are mainly used for applications related to the food and beverage industry such as dairy and fruit preparations, confectionery, ice cream, ready meals and beverages. At the cutting edge of technology, we integrate science and nature to design natural dyes and high-performance functional plant extracts.


We are highly skilled, passionate about our work, enjoy a good laugh and a collaborative work environment. We love to learn and genuinely find our purpose and passion in continuously improving our organization.


What would your role look like?

The application center in Prades-le-Lez in France is tasked to ensure that our current and future colors meet our customer’s technical needs. We work together with the global and regional marketing and sales teams to understand current customer needs and how to respond to them, and with R&D to ensure products in developments will meet future requirements as well.


As an application scientist, your main mission consists in managing and developing the technical expertise in a specific application domain, such as confectionary, dairy, ice cream or beverages. For this you will need to:

  • Prioritize, plan, carry out and report laboratory and pilot experiments linked to specialist application domain.
  • Manage all internal and customer technical requests in the specialist application area.
  • Provide technical support to sales and customers, in particular key accounts, in the specialist application area and occasionally other application domain. This will involve occasional travel to visit customers
  • Maintain and develop application expertise.
  • Be an integral part of innovation by ensuring application expertise and customer view is included in all developments.



Who are we looking for?


You have a university degree in a technical subject matter, with minimum 1 to 3 years of relevant experience in the food industry, giving you a good grasp of food science: ingredients, formulation, processes and finished products. You are fluent in English and have a good command of French (or are willing to learn). As an accomplished scientist, you like laboratory work and can apply critical thinking to the work and its reporting. You know how to work autonomously, how to prioritize and can adapt your reporting style to your audience, but can also thrive as part of a team.


But even more than your skills, it’s your energy and intellectual curiosity which set you apart, help challenge the way we work and find new ways to respond to market needs.


What we offer you?


You will become part of an international team set in a dynamic and inspiring work environment. We offer you a great place to work, with the opportunity to be part of a global organization committed to supporting the business and our customers.

We offer you an unlimited contract, 37hours/week with RTT. We will also offer you Titres restaurant, Health Care and Prévoyance, CET, PEE and PERCO, as Comité d’entreprise benefits.


If you need more information?

For further inquiries about this position, please feel free to contact Fabien Jousse, Head of Application EMEA at

We will be reviewing applications on ongoing basis and therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


About Oterra
Oterra, an EQT portfolio company, is the largest provider of naturally sourced colors worldwide. Since our first color launch in 1876, we’ve utilized the power of nature’s true colors and championed that natural is best.

We have an unrivalled expertise in colors for food, beverage, dietary supplements and pet food, and help manufacturers bring appealing products to consumers around the world. We empower our partners to meet the demand for safe, sustainable and natural food on our journey together towards natural. Every day over 400 million people eat or drink a product with our colors in it.

At Oterra we are on an exciting growth journey where no two days are alike. We are a dedicated team of professionals around the world united in our belief that nature got it right the first time and that no one knows natural colors like us.

Our headquarter is in Hoersholm, Denmark, and we have production sites in Europe, Latin America and the US and more than 600 team members in 30 countries worldwide, serving 120 markets globally.

Join us on our journey together towards natural.

Application Deadline: 
Job ID:  2099

Montpellier, FR, 34730

Job Posting Function:  Research & Development