Principal Scientist - Beverage Ingredient Discovery

Pepsico, Inc.
Oct 16, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Principal Scientist Beverage Ingredient Discovery/Taste Discovery

Establish a compelling vision for the creation of a natural reaction flavor program to support our sugar-reduction discovery efforts. Set up lab and projects. Build relationship with Regulatory Affairs. Build a network of manufacturers for upscale and production of pilot-scale samples. Candidate will work with internal resources, global functions and business partners to deliver significant business impact.

The candidate responsibilities include:

Building a Natural Reaction Flavor Program:

Assess existing strategies, improve and implement

Set up lab, purchase equipment

Work with Regulatory Affairs to set up appropriate taste evaluation protocols.

Execute Research Program:

Identifies target opportunities for sugar reduction

Design experiments in collaboration with statisticians

Collaborate to execute benchtop tasting and screening

Self-directed scientist. Able to determine next steps of research with minimal supervision

Identifies outlier results and brings them to the attention of supervisors

Creative thinking beyond Maillard reaction.

Prioritize work with other team members

Helps other team members be successful

Collaborate with others (Regulatory, Sensory, Lead Screening, external partners) to bring projects to commercialization.

Key Challenges:

Ability to establish a reaction flavor program that will open new opportunities for natural sugar reduction.

Ability to work on multiple project concurrently

Ability to translate research into practical solutions to improve taste

Ability to communicate challenges and opportunities effectively

Ability to manage, balance, and prioritize with other team members

Ability to change priorities and to help where help is needed.

Ability to work quickly, accurately and safely.


PhD./Masters in Chemistry, Food Science or a related field (preferred) with 5-year experience in flavor chemistry and reaction flavors.

Knowledge of sensory and analytical chemistry is a plus. Must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills demonstrated by the ability to positively influence others. Demonstrated ability to manage priorities and multi-task.

Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

Excellent technical writing skills

Excellent data management, lab notebook maintenance and organizational skills

Technical background in flavor chemistry, soft chemistry, reaction flavors.

Working knowledge of flavor regulation and natural labeling.

Effective team player

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,

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Job Ref: 96456BR