A career where you can enhance lives every day

At Kensing, we work together to improve the quality of life of our clients, their customers, and each other. It shows in our dedication to collaboration, in our commitment to teamwork, and in the culture of pride and respect each of us strives to exhibit day after day.

We combine the deep heritage of our Kankakee plant with a commitment to leading the world in safety and purity, along with an eagerness for expansion. If you are passionate about innovation, about improving products and lives, we want to hear from you. At Kensing, we have a bright future ahead. You can be a part of it.

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JOB TITLE: Technical Services Specialist – SNVE
DEPARTMENT: Commercial
LOCATION: REMOTE
SUPERVISOR: Global Director of Technical Marketing and Regulations

JOB SUMMARY

The Technical Services Specialist is an invaluable member of the Technical/Regulatory Team. Your responsibilities will be to provide innovative solutions to support Kensing’s customers globally and to help build the SNVE (sterols & natural vitamin E) business. The role will address customer requests, questionnaires, and product concerns, and offer creative and technically oriented solutions that will help the SNVE business succeed. This role is part of the Commercial Team and will report to the Global Director of Technical Marketing & Regulatory Affairs.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Guide sales/customers/distributors on use of Kensing ingredients – technical product specifications, applications, and regulatory documentation.
  • Support customer questionnaires and customer qualification of Kensing products (customer specification alignment/approval, allergen forms, risk assessment, Tracegain forms/login).
  • Management of Kensing’s RDM (regulatory document management database) – all customer facing product documentation (specification, TDS, allergen sheet, nutrition sheet, contaminant statements, etc.).
  • Support sales in customer meetings to explain technical aspects of the product line.
  • Support technical training for sales team and distributors.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key technical customer contacts.
  • Engage team whenever necessary with technical requests and sample requests.
  • Ensure product labelling and nutrition statements meet FDA and global standards.
  • Become a resource both internally and externally for technical aspects of the product line – product specification, product application, SNVE general production, release testing, quality, etc.
  • Provide technical support to sales/customers, working with QA/QC and other groups on OOS product and non-conformances.
  • All other duties as assigned.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS

 EDUCATION

Required: BS degree in biology, chemistry, nutrition science and/or other applied science with 5+ year experience; or MS degree with 2+ years of experience.

EXPERIENCE:  

  • Food Science experience (CFS) and/or Application science experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of FDA and/or USP Vitamins and FDA food regulations (including FSMA) and FDA labeling regulations (nutrition facts panel), preferably Vitamin E and phytosterols experience.

 KNOWLEDGE/SPECIALIZED SKILLS

  • Additional knowledge of other US and Global regulations preferred (FDA cosmetics, EPA pesticides, USDA, EU/EFSA, Health Canada, FSANZ, China NMPA, USP-NF monographs, JECFA monographs, Eur. Pharm. monographs, etc.).
  • Knowledge of Food certifications preferred (GFSI, HACCP, kosher/halal, IP/GMO, US National Bioengineered foods, etc.).
  • Familiarity with lab and/or production GMP environments.
  • Experience with SAP preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (this role will be customer facing).
  • Ability to work at a rapid cadence – manage multiple priorities and manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Process and continuous improvement oriented.
  • Proactive, self-directed, and organized with a strong work ethic.
  • Willingness to take on project ownership and accountability.

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • This role will be a remote, computer-based role, so being a proactive and engaged team member is extremely important.
  • Up to 10% travel may be required (accessibility for travel to Kankakee IL plant, other SNVE plants, trade shows, and customer meetings).

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JOB TITLE: Bulk Material Handler
DEPARTMENT: Production
LOCATION: Hopewell, Virginia
SUPERVISOR: Head of Production

JOB SUMMARY

This position performs loading, unloading, and storage activities for truckload quantities of raw materials and finished products for the North PlantThese activities include packaging powder and liquid finished products from the manufacturing process into the finished product warehouse and scanning/entering product into the SAP inventory management system. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Unload incoming raw material deliveries.  
  • Loading finished product into truck trailer.  
  • Assure that proper documentation has been received before initiating the unloading/loading process. 
  • Obtain sample for Quality Control testing and release.  
  • Complete SAP work to account for payment of invoices. 
  • Unload daily hazardous raw material that arrives to the site.  
  • Conduct physical inventories and cycle counts of raw materials and packaging materials as directed by Supervisor/Manager to assure accuracy of SAP inventory. 
  • Package flaked products into 25 kg bags, stacking and palletizing bags. 
  • Package flaked products into 500 kg super sacks. 
  • Package liquid products into 55-gallon drums and 1000 kg totes. 
  • Complete daily flaking production log, inventory removals and inventory introductions. 
  • Daily housekeeping of responsible areas.
  • Assist operations and warehouse personnel as required. 
  • Accurately scan/enter finished product into SAP. 
  • All other duties as assigned. 
KEY QUALIFICATIONS
 
EDUCATION
  • High-school education or equivalent; vocational training or job-related course work preferred. 
  • Must be capable of passing forklift certification. 

EXPERIENCE:  

  • Preferred: 1+ years of relevant work experience in a chemical plant or related industry. 
  • Preferred: Experience with DCS (Distributed Control System)   
  • Preferred: Experience in SAP  
 KNOWLEDGE/SPECIALIZED SKILLS
  • Ability to understand and operate a distributed process control system, personal computer and associated software systems. 
  • Ability to understand and use SAP.  
  • Ability to demonstrate basic math skills.
  • Ability to manage time and determine priorities to meet daily plant requirements. 
  • Ability to understand and carry out routine verbal and written instructions. 
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees. 
  • Must be available to work rotating shifts (for example, twelve-hour shifts) and weekends as scheduled. 
  • Must be able to operate forklift truck and be capable of passing certification testing. 
 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Physical mobility and agility required. 
  • Must be able to perform all job duties in all weather conditions/seasons while wearing appropriate PPE. 
  • Must be able to operate forklift truck. 
  • Must be comfortable working around chemicals in manufacturing plant environment.  
  • Requires working in a rotating shift environment including weekends and holidays. 
  • Requires adequate physical strength to perform the essential job tasks (for example, ability to lift 50 lbs. without mechanical assistance). 
  • Exposure to prolonged physical activity (for example, twelve-hour shifts). 
  • Sensory faculties are needed to safely perform the job duties that allow a person to react to potential or immediate hazardous conditions and to take appropriate action. 
  • Ability to wear required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as respiratory protection, safety harness, and full protection suit as well as common protective or safety equipment including, but not limited to, safety shoes, eye protection, hand protection, hearing protection, hard hats, etc. 

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JOB TITLE: Account Manager

DEPARTMENT: Commercial

LOCATION: Europe 

SUPERVISOR: Global Sales Director

                                                                                                                                                        

JOB SUMMARY

Kensing, LLC delivers high-quality and natural anionic surfactants, esters, sterols, and vitamin E, used in the Personal Care, HI&I and Nutrition markets.  Set to achieve nearly $400MM in 2023, Kensing is poised for significant innovation and growth with our customer base of global blue-chip consumer product companies.  We are seeking high performing Key Account Managers with a strong track record of building strategic customer relationships and driving opportunities to closure.  Leading and owning total customer experience while exceeding growth initiatives.  Ability to thrive in a fast-paced enterprise with team-focus and a high level of communication across a matrix environment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Strategic Account Management – Build and maintain high-value, strong working relationships with current and new accounts in NA identifying customer needs and providing appropriate sales support to maintain and grow both existing and new business.
  • Sales Planning – With a strong track record of sales growth in previous roles, meet or exceed annual sales goals and growth budget setting both strategy and targets for customer growth in the assigned territory.
  • Customer Engagement – Frequently conduct customer in-person and virtual visits. As the Kensing primary point of contact in all commercial matters, build strong relationships with customer stakeholders at multiple levels within their organization.
  • Develop a robust understanding of customers key needs and requirements while enhancing trust to resolve any potential problems or complaints.
  • Maintain and communicate customer forecasting and ordering needs aligning with Kensing Supply Chain, Demand Planning, and Plant Operations to ensure propre inventory planning and production schedules.
  • Maintain customer pricing file and communication on contract and market adjustments +/-.
  • Manage spot business/rush offers as needed.
  • Market Intelligence and Industry Trends – Monitor, analyze and report on potential new product opportunities capturing competitive activities while engaging customer’s interest and needs.
  • Sales Reporting (Salesforce CRM) – Maintain timely and accurate customer records including call reports, a robust opportunity pipeline that drives long-term sustainable growth for both Kensing and the customer, strategic account plans, market/competitive intelligence, and lead documentation.
  • Internal Collaboration/Kensing Team – Continual engagement and communication with internal stakeholders including Supply Chain, Technical and Regulatory, Legal and Finance, and Business Units to create a timely ‘best’ solution for the customer extracting maximum value.
  • Continuous engagement of Customer Care, Shipping and Operational Logistics to ensure Kensing is meeting customer needs and requirements.
  • Keep up to date with changes and updates in the product portfolio and in the market.
  • Keep up to date on feedstock and upstream developments that impact product price movements.
  • All other duties as assigned.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION:

  • Required Education: bachelor’s degree (chemistry, chemical engineering, or business administration, marketing).
  • Preferred Education: master’s degree (chemistry, chemical engineering, or business administration, marketing

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of 5-8 years’ experience in sales with proven success building and maintaining long-term commercial relationships. Experience selling ingredients and other related chemistry in Food, Pharma, PC & HI&I preferred.

KNOWLEDGE/SPECIALIZED SKILLS:

  • Consummate professional with a strong commercial understanding acting with integrity and confidentiality.
  • Kensing- and Customer-first mindset.
  • Superior communication and presentation skills, both written and oral.
  • Keen on relationship-selling, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Driven, agile, organized, and entrepreneurial self-starter.
  • Strategic thinker (business development, opportunities).
  • Exceptional multi-tasker – able to prioritize and manage time efficiently to meet critical deadlines.
  • Approachable, team-player mentality.
  • Deep understanding of order to cash process preferred.
  • Sound computer skills in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SAP, and CRM (Salesforce).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Frequent travel required as per business needs (some international)
  • Percentage of Travel: >50% (To customers, trade show/conferences and sales meetings required as per business needs)
  • Valid Passport
  • Ability to work remotely.
  • Work primarily performed in indoor office setting with extended periods at computer or phone.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish

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JOB TITLE:            Manager SNVE-Innovation & R/D     

DEPARTMENT:    Research & Development 

LOCATION:            Talavera, Spain

SUPERVISOR:       Sr. VP of Innovation & Technology                                                                                                                                      

JOB SUMMARY

The role will be a valuable part of Kensing’s Technology and Innovation team and will play a key part in driving Kensing innovation and new business strategy and increasing Kensing’s overall market valuation. This position is a significant contributor to the future success and growth of Kensing and reports to the Senior VP of Innovation and Technology.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for managing major projects in the human nutrition vertical
  • Responsible for establishing a network of key internal and external capabilities, with the objective of placing Kensing in a world leading position in its markets.
  • Responsible for new product development
  • Responsible for process development to support global manufacturing efforts.
  • Provide manufacturing support for the sterols and natural vitamin E vertical globally.
  • Responsible for technical support for the existing product line in the sterols and natural vitamin E business and their key customers in both Human Health and Nutrition and Pharmaceutical/ Nutraceutical applications
  • Contribute directly to both customer satisfaction and sales growth by leading and providing technical expertise to customers, salespeople, and marketing.
  • Build world class capabilities in Sterols and Natural Vitamin E and applications in particularly Human Health and Nutrition and Pharmaceutical/ Nutraceuticals.
  • Drive major transformative innovation projects by identification and development of complementary technologies in the Sterols and Natural Vitamin E space.
  • Participate/lead the acquisition and commercialization of these technologies globally, including M&A, in-licensing, global partnerships.
  • Support One Rock Capital Partners and the Executive team in scouting and diligence on potential Mergers and Acquisition targets
  • Drive development of the new product pipeline, including customer-specific solutions, from ideation to commercial launch.
  • Work with business and marketing to create unique value propositions for our products.
  • Understand regulations and compliances for Sterol / Natural Vitamin E product lines and support regulatory communications.
  • Supports major investment projects in the Sterol / Natural Vitamin E space.
  • Build a team to deliver against product development goals to enable growth of Sterol / Natural Vitamin E business.
  • Ensure effective project execution and high success rate to meet timelines.
  • Support innovation and formulation development as the lead subject matter expert
  • Support/accompany the leadership team and salespeople with technical calls with key customers.
  • All other duties as assigned.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION:

  • Preferred: PHD in chemistry or food Science preferred.
  • Required: master’s degree in chemistry or food Science preferred.

EXPERIENCE:

  • 10 years of experience in managing innovation in a large multinational chemical or biochemical industry.
  • 5 years of experience in managing innovation in Sterol/Natural Vitamin E.

KNOWLEDGE/SPECIALIZED SKILLS:

  • Strong business acumen and proven ability to run and drive new business development with large multinational companies.
  • Proven ability to build and lead ad-hoc world-class SWAT teams to tackle significant technology and business challenges in a fast-paced environment.
  • In principle, adhesion, and passion for our company’s values
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Leadership, Mentorship, Collaboration, Approachable
  • Entrepreneurship (ability to be self-driven)
  • Confidentiality
  • Excellent planning and organizing
  • Strong Microsoft Office Skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams) & CRM
  • Ability to work remotely and travel.
  • Ability to build relationships.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • The position collaborates with team members globally.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English required.
  • Work/Reside in Spain
  • The position environment has high demand for chemical, technical, analytical, regulatory orientation.
  • Work performed is primarily an indoor office setting with extended periods at a computer as well as quality labs.

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Kensing is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, military status, or disability status.