Sr Scientist

  • Job Reference: 425085632-2
  • Date Posted: 17 November 2021
  • Recruiter: Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Location: Plano, Texas
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Job Overview The Hot Product Innovation Senior Scientist is responsible for leading all aspects of new product development, to include processing development, processing equipment selection, and authoring specifications for both product and processing systems. As part of the KDP Hot Innovation team, the Sr Scientists provide high level strategic direction for the company's beverage growth while also leading improvements in manufacturing, quality, cost, and safety. This position partners closely with internal cross functional teams such as project management, quality, marketing, safety, environmental and operations resources, and external partners. The Sr Scientist in this position will be expected to provide leadership and guidance to fellow scientists, to co-manufacturing research teams, and to in-house operational team members. This position requires strong skills in critical thinking, collaboration, consumer insights, and the ability to positively influence project direction. This includes product formulation and scale up, specifically of powders & granulation unit operations, managing shelf life studies, test methods development, communication with key suppliers, partners, and consultants, new ingredients research, and specifications development. Intimate knowledge and demonstrated application of particle engineering, formation, solids handling, processing and powder reconstitution will be imperative to be successful in this role. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Defining powder product and processing specifications Strategic planning for powder product development and processing Vendor evaluation, selection and management Research in knowledge-base and expertise in the science of particle engineering and processing Development of commercial scale experimental designs and qualifications for granulation processes Improvements to existing processes, specifically granulation processing equipment Generation of process flow diagrams Creation of business proposals to demonstrate and evaluate various project options Provide technical support for commissioning, qualification and verification (CQV) processes Utilize statistical data analysis for data driven decision making Mentor other product development scientists OTHER NECESSARY FUNCTIONS: Follow all policies, procedures, ergonomic standards and safety requirements directed by GMCR and the department Performs other duties as requested by management Requirements M.S. in an engineering discipline with 7+ years of experience, Ph.D. strongly preferred with 0-3 years of experience. Knowledge and experience in powder processing with specific experience in the food industry (especially in powdered beverages) preferred Knowledge and experience with food processes such as blending, spray drying, drying, compaction, high shear agglomeration, fluid bed agglomeration, and extrusion. Knowledge and experience with bulk solids and material handling, including pneumatic conveying and dust collection is a plus Knowledge of powder reconstitution phenomena and rate kinetics Knowledge of design requirements related to food safety, including SQF, FDA, GMP Knowledge and experience in preparation of PFD's, P&ID's Knowledge and experience in modeling unit operation processes, including parameter estimation, population balance modeling, and reconstitution kinetics modeling. Hands-on experience with process development, startup and commissioning Excellent communication skills Must be very organized and able to manage multiple project activities/priorities Ability to travel as required Ability to work a flexible schedule Ability to work in a team environment Ability to be punctual Positive attitude with ability to work a fast-paced, high-growth environment Excellent MS Office skills #IND1 Company Overview Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott's® and The Original Donut Shop®. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America. Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/DisabledM.S. in an engineering discipline with 7+ years of experience, Ph.D. strongly preferred with 0-3 years of experience. Knowledge and experience in powder processing with specific experience in the food industry (especially in powdered beverages) preferred Knowledge and experience with food processes such as blending, spray drying, drying, compaction, high shear agglomeration, fluid bed agglomeration, and extrusion. Knowledge and experience with bulk solids and material handling, including pneumatic conveying and dust collection is a plus Knowledge of powder reconstitution phenomena and rate kinetics Knowledge of design requirements related to food safety, including SQF, FDA, GMP Knowledge and experience in preparation of PFD's, P&ID's Knowledge and experience in modeling unit operation processes, including parameter estimation, population balance modeling, and reconstitution kinetics modeling. Hands-on experience with process development, startup and commissioning Excellent communication skills Must be very organized and able to manage multiple project activities/priorities Ability to travel as required Ability to work a flexible schedule Ability to work in a team environment Ability to be punctual Positive attitude with ability to work a fast-paced, high-growth environment Excellent MS Office skills #IND1