Careers

Kalsec® is the leading global producer of natural spice and herb flavor extracts, hop extracts, natural colors and antioxidants that help food and beverage companies make their products look better, taste better and last longer…naturally™. We add value to our customers’ brands by providing innovative solutions while respecting the people and planet in which we interact.

For example, how does a salsa company create a consistent salsa with the hot and spicy flavor its customers love? Often, it uses our capsicum extracts to maintain a consistent level of heat, which keeps the mild salsa mild, and Uncle Harry’s favorite spicy salsa always hot.

We help provide natural ingredient solutions to thousands of food and beverage companies. Our ingredients improve the look and taste of products on nearly every shelf at your local grocer.

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Why Kalsec®?

We offer outstanding career opportunities for those striving to develop their talents in a family-owned, globally focused company. We nurture a culture driven by creativity, research and innovation, while respecting everyone’s desire for stability and a strong work/life balance. We focus on hiring individuals that can thrive in our environment.

In fact, half of our employees have worked for Kalsec® 10 or more years. As a privately held company, we have more than 50 years of experience focusing on the quality of our ingredients from field to fork. We know that our dedication to relationships, processes and the relentless pursuit of innovation will keep Kalsec® around for the next 100 years.

Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1958, Kalsec® has deep roots in the local community and we maintain high standards of corporate and environmental stewardship. Our headquarters encompasses more than 100 beautiful acres of the forested family farm originally owned by the company’s founder. Steady global expansion of our business has resulted in worldwide coverage, including offices listed at the locations below.

Kalsec® has facilities in the below locations and representative coverage worldwide

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Denver City, Texas
Mildenhall, United Kingdom
Raffles Place, Singapore
Shanghai, China
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
San Pedro Garza García, México

Testimonials

Poulson Joseph

Principal Scientist & Team Leader, Meat & Poultry Team

Sally Stephenson

Senior Manager of Quality Assurance & Quality Control

Aaron Mills

Maintenance Mechanic

Sarah Davis

Environmental Sustainability Specialist

Carter Cole

Process Engineer

Poulson Joseph

Principal Scientist & Team Leader, Meat & Poultry Team

“After joining Kalsec’s highly talented and reputed R&D team, I was pleased to learn that, in addition to solving customer technical problems, we are able to continue basic research through collaborations – which is unique. While there is a strong emphasis on research and development for us, it blends nicely with our marketing/sales approach globally, which is essential to be the leader in the natural ingredient industry.

On a personal level, I was surprised and moved by the call from George Todd, our CEO, to meet new hires within a few days of joining Kalsec. Truly, this is a positive sign as a warm welcome to join the broader Kalsec family.”

Sally Stephenson

Senior Manager of Quality Assurance & Quality Control

“One benefit of working for Kalsec is the ability to grow professionally and personally. I have had exceptional mentoring in my role by my managers and coworkers. Opportunities and support for my professional success at Kalsec have gone beyond any prior companies I have worked for. As a Kalsec employee, you need to be prepared to work hard, be very proud of where you work, and be amazed at successes that lie ahead. You will never find a better group of people to work with than those at Kalsec. This is a company like no other!”

Aaron Mills

Maintenance Mechanic

“What stands out the most is how well everyone gets along with each other.  To me, working with positive people is a huge benefit.  When I first joined Kalsec, I was impressed with people going out of their way to meet me and help me as I learned how the flow of operations worked.  At Kalsec, you’re not just a ‘number’.”

Sarah Davis

Environmental Sustainability Specialist

“My friends hear me talking positively about Kalsec all the time!  One benefit of working at Kalsec is the work/life flexibility.  Kalsec is owned and operated by family-oriented people and that family feeling extends to all employees.  Everyone understands that, while we are Kalsec employees, we are also people who have lives outside of work.  The flexibility seems to be unmatched.”

Carter Cole

Process Engineer

“Kalsec is a great place to work with lots of unique opportunities, including opportunities for advancement.  They reimbursed me for half of my Master’s degree and when I finished my degree, I was able to fill a higher-level position within the company.”

Employment FAQs

  • What types of positions does Kalsec® employ?

    We look to capture the best nature has to offer by enhancing our teams with qualified, creative, forward-thinking employees. On the technical side, we hire chemists, biologists and food scientists holding degrees ranging from associate to doctorate. In addition, several other roles support the organization in areas such as manufacturing, information technology, sales, and procurement.

  • What types of employees does Kalsec® employ?

    We look for employees who embrace our core values: honesty, integrity, fairness, innovation, creativity, diversity and independence. The Kalsec® community is built on these shared values, which provide the foundation for something special and enduring.

  • If I apply for a job, should I expect to hear back from someone, and if so, when?

    If you are one of the most qualified candidates for the job, you will be contacted for next steps. Usually qualified candidates are contacted in one to two weeks after the position is posted. Due to the volume of applications received, we cannot always respond to every candidate.

  • What if I can’t get to the application?

    If you are having trouble getting to the application or finishing it, you may need to turn off your firewall as sometimes your computer may view the site as a threat.

    If that doesn’t work, you may need to call the tech support department of the company that made your computer or your antivirus software; you may also need to contact your internet service provider for advice.

  • Where can I go to apply online if I don’t have a computer or I am unable to access the application portal with my personal computer?

    If you are unable to apply online you can go to the public library closest to you and use one of their computers. You could also ask a friend or family member if you could use theirs. At this time Kalsec® does not have a computer for general public access.

    Our jobs are posted at this link:
    https://kalsecinc.hua.profilestms.com/hrsmart/ats/JobSearch/viewAll

  • How long are positions posted?

    The standard job posting is up for 14 days, but it may stay posted longer in order to find the best candidate.

  • What is the interview process and how long does it take?

    The interview process consists of several steps, including but not limited to phone screening, assessments, on-site interviews and functional area tours if time allows.

  • Does Kalsec® offer relocation?

    Relocation benefits are available depending on the position and providing the distance between the Kalsec® place of work and the employee’s former residence is more than 100 miles.

  • Does Kalsec® offer tuition reimbursement?

    Yes, we have an Educational Assistance program that covers up to 100 percent reimbursement of eligible expenses.

  • What benefits and retirement plans does Kalsec® offer?

    We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:

    • Medical Plan
    • Prescription Drug Plan
    • Dental Plan
    • Vision Plan
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • 401(k) Plan
    • Life Insurance
    • Disability Insurance
    • Business Travel Insurance
    • Employee Assistance Program, including free counseling sessions
    • Educational Assistance
    • Performance Related Bonuses
    • Paid Time Off