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Formulation Scientist

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. The products are mainly used for applications related to the food and beverage industry 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?

Within the Innovation department of Oterra, located in France at Prades le lez, you will join the "New Products Montpellier" team as a Formulation Scientist. Your main responsibilities will be to:


  • Ensure state of the art knowledge within the field of formulation technologies for colouring purposes,  and related food ingredients, and possess fully operational level of skills in natural colors
  • Lead and actively contribute to the planning, coordination and execution of New Products development projects using appropriate methodology, equipment and analytics.
  • Set up robust protocols to validate stability and industrial feasibility of all developed colors including associated analytical tools
  • Ensure successful implementation of new recipes & processes from lab to upper scale
  • Seek for opportunities and be driving force of new developments and breakthrough innovations


Who are we looking for?

You are a Food Scientist and have a university degree in Chemical engineering or similar, having preferably a Ph.D. degree and 5-8 years of applied work experience.


Further you will bring in the following skills and experience: 


  • Skilled at food ingredients, practical experience with Natural Colors is an advantage
  • Strong chemical background
  • Skilled within formulation technologies
  • Good English, both spoken and written
  • Dynamic & proactive, rigorous, curious and critical thinking
  • You can adjust your communication style according to the audience and can relate well to stakeholders from other functions and cultures


What we offer you?

France is home to Oterra’s Innovation division.

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 Carine Mané, Senior R&D Manager at

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

Several interviews are to be planned, Teams and on site.


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:  1355

Montpellier, FR

Job Posting Function:  Research & Development