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Application Scientist-Prepared Food and Pet Food

Date: Sep 16, 2022

Location: West Allis (Color), WI, US, 53214

Company: Oterra

Join us as we relocate the North American Headquarters to Mount Pleasant in 2023!


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. Want to join us? 


The team for you to join 

You will be joining the Application team with colleagues from different nationalities and working in multiple different locations across the world.. We all chip in when and where it is needed, have a flat structure but high standards, enjoy a good laugh and a pragmatic and operational approach to supporting our growth agenda. We love to learn and genuinely find our purpose and passion for natural colors. 


This position is a supporting scientist role for the Global Expertise Centers (GEC) for Prepared
Foods and Pet Food. The GECs are responsible for deep understanding of both application categories
globally, development of suitable base formulations for local markets, training regional applications
labs and executing customer-specific projects. This is an entry level position and works under
general supervision. This position is primarily responsible for the development, understanding
and application of natural colors into Prepared Foods including ready meals, snacks, baked goods
and plant based meats and Pet Foods applications such as kibble, wet food and baked treats.
Travel is estimated at 10%.


• Handles simple applications projects in a timely manner. Interacts with scientists internally
and other departments as needed in defining specific parameters for projects.
• Uses processing equipment under general supervision.
• Maintains safe working environment by practicing and coaching in established safety procedures.
• Conducts routine testing such as colorimetry and stability on finished food systems.
• Photograph food for presentations and reports.
• Works in the sample department as needed in filling sample requests and shipping
• Develops and maintains all relevant information databases.
• Follows SOP’s for procedures and equipment
• Keeps accurate research notes and document in an electronic notebook.
• Write interim and final project reports for internal and customer use.


• BS or MS in Food Science or related field.
• Ability to distinguish colors in a wide variety of applications and media. Must have excellent
color vision. (Color Vision Testing Required.)
• Ability to conduct technical presentations internally, explaining the use of Oterra in Prepared
Foods applications.
• Can effectively cope with change and shift gears comfortably.
• Ability to read, collect data, analyze, and interpret technical information.

Ability to write and present reports and technical papers.
• Ability to apply principles of logical/scientific thinking to a wide range of problems.
• Ability to operate a variety of standard laboratory equipment and instrumentation (such
as food production equipment, pH meters, spectrophotometers, etc.).
Working environment is generally favorable. Lighting, temperature and noise levels are adequate
with occasional exposure to cold temperatures. Personal Protective Equipment is required when
working in the laboratory. This includes a lab coat, and if necessary, safety glasses, dust mask or
gloves. When working in the applications pilot plant, a hair/beard net, safety glasses and safety
shoes are required and GLP guidelines must be followed.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, talk
and hear. The employee is regularly required to lift and/or move materials or equipment up to 25
lbs. and occasionally required to lift up to 50 lbs. Use of hands to handle or touch objects, tools or
controls is frequently required. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision, color vision,
depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Employee is occasionally exposed to moving
mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.

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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.  

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee