The Product Development Scientist will work in the Apopka Global Juice R&D Innovation Center or Atlanta Innovation Center having product development responsibilities mostly for Minute Maid and Simply brands from initiation to completion. Responsibilities include supporting North America Operating Unit and Global projects as assigned.
Basic Expectations: Responsible for the design and implementation of new products and/or technologies or the improvement of existing products and/or technologies; prepares and coordinates projects according to established schedules and costs; ensures that the company standards of quality are met.
The Product Development Scientist will provide strong technical support for commercialization, apply expertise to grow the business and has a proven track record of strong contributions to the business. The associate influences the business by bringing solutions that have business impact. Effectively uses technical and business expertise to explain difficult concepts to technical and non-technical audiences, tailoring communications to meet diverse needs.
Location: Apopka, FL or Atlanta, GA
What You’ll Do for Us
Function Specific Responsibilities:
Design and develop new products from bench top to commercialization while staying within specified parameters of cost and label claims; evaluate new ingredients, verify nutritional profiles, and conduct product or packaging stability assessments to deliver against design.
Act as scientific, regulatory, technical or quality expert and consultant by responding to targeted questions from the field or other departments/ operating units. This includes acting as a resource for general information and acting as a consultant for other technical personnel in the Company & manufacturing facilities.
Develop new ingredient and product specifications and own formula entry into formula management system.
Conduct technical research projects through all stages of experimentation (test protocol development, inter-departmental coordination, execution, and data generation & interpretation).
Investigate, analyze, and execute new product/process improvement and cost savings opportunities.
Access and utilize internal/external relationships to deliver science, technology and product innovation, and to support ingredient supply. Provide food science and beverage technology support and consultancy to other departments within the organization.
Manage documentation and records in order to ensure that they are complete, current, secure and easily retrievable. This may include designing, organizing or maintaining technical or regulatory records and reports.
Identify, classify, maintain, and protect files, documentation and sensitive information consistent with record handling and retention requirements. Record data from analyses or experiments in a computer, log book or laboratory notebook.
Self-training to keep abreast of developing technologies, lifestyle & nutritional trends to maintain a competitive edge.
Proactively share knowledge of risks and opportunities to build competitive advantage and improve efficiency and effectiveness of pipeline.
Strategic interface with NAOU Brand Teams and Global Juice Category Teams for the purpose of building Juice pipeline. This involves partnering with Brand teams and other key stakeholders to define opportunities and identify and prioritize projects based on allocated resources. Communicate decisions, priorities and relevant project information to appropriate levels of staff regarding business unit requests, projects and initiatives .
Qualifications & Requirements
6-10 years of previous experience in Product Development
3-5 years of experience in Juice Product Development preferred
Proven technical competency and credibility
Strong business acumen
Lateral thinking and problem solving skills
Proven end-to-end implementation capabilities
Proprietary Composition Information: Ability to recognize and protect proprietary information as it relates to formulas and ingredients.
Intellectual Property: Knowledge of securing intellectual property rights through patents, negotiations with technology owners, securing competitive agreements and maintaining confidentiality.
Project Management: Knowledge of project management principles and the ability to apply the principles, tools and techniques to develop/plan, manage or execute projects or workplans to ensure successful completion (e.g. on time, within budget).
Building Technical Relationships: Proactively builds relationships and collaborates with cross functional partners to achieve goals. Ability to apply technical knowledge and establish credibility with highly technical audiences in order to build technical relationships that will benefit the Company.
Endurance & flexibility: Willingness and ability to occasionally function effectively over extended periods of time.
About The Coca-Cola Company
Why Join Coca-Cola North America?
It’s an exciting time to work in The Coca-Cola Company’s flagship market. We’re accelerating our momentum as the fastest-growing large consumer goods company in North America by putting people at the heart of our business and everything we do – whether we’re innovating to give consumers the drinks and packaging sizes they want, or building our eCommerce capabilities. People are our focus when we’re collaborating with our diverse network of locally-connected bottling partners, and when we’re returning every drop of water we use to communities and nature. And people – with the different backgrounds, skills and perspectives they bring to our workplace – are helping transform our business, one big idea at a time. We empower our employees to challenge the status quo, make bold recommendations, experiment and adapt, so we can grow together and make a great business even better.
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