Principal Beverage Scientist

Salt Lake City, UT

Posted: 04/01/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 92.24KO Pay Rate: 98,000 - 120,000 Remote Friendly: Experience:

Job Description

Principal Beverage Scientist

The Principal Low Acid is responsible for providing technical support to customers and internal teams for formulation solutions and application directions.  The Principal Low Acid Scientist will be recognized internally as a subject matter expert (SME) in commercialization of all RTD beverage products (low acid) and will yield expertise in other areas as needed.  Principal Low Acid Scientist will work onsite at the facility in Salt Lake City, UT.

Main Job Functions:

  • Develop, make, and evaluate finished product applications to support new product development efforts, including base development and stabilization
  • Coordinate and execute new product scale-ups for manufacturing
  • Hands-on work ethic in solving technical issues, bench work required
  • Work closely with Sales/Marketing and cross-functional teams on commercializing innovations in formulations and ingredients and effectively communicating about customer projects
  • Will lead the commercialization of pilot plant and safely operate lab and pilot plant equipment related to UHT processing, spray drying, dry blending, and other areas as assigned
  • Develop and lead creative initiatives, successfully manage projects, and be recognized as a SME/technical liaison between internal and external stakeholders
  • Identifies potential problems early in the development process and addresses them with appropriate solutions
  • Will oversee the set-up, design, and implementation of best lab practices
  • Actively train direct reports and other team members in all aspects of low acid beverage development and commercialization
  • Assist in hiring and building out low acid beverage innovation team
  • Works with Supply Chain to source raw materials needed for the success of product development
  • May work with customers and co-packers to conduct pilot batches and scaled up product runs

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  92.24KO

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:


  • MS in Food Science or related field


  • Minimum of 7+ years commercial experience in variety of low acid beverage categories. Required experience in emerging categories such as coffees, teas, plant protein drinks, functional beverages, dairy based drinks, etc.
  • Experience in flavor technology preferred
  • Experience in setting up a pilot plant preferred

Required Competencies:

  • Product Development
  • Scale-Up
  • Quality and Regulatory
  • Flavor Technology
  • Demonstrates attention to detail
  • Prioritizes and uses time effectively
  • Operating machinery: Benchtop sample preparation equipment, pilot equipment
  • Able to communicate with multiple internal and external groups effectively
  • Able to do preventative maintenance or repair equipment
  • Must work well in group problem-solving situations and exhibit sound judgment
  • Ability to prioritize and use time effectively while managing competing demands
  • Contribute to building a positive team spirit and display a high amount of professionalism
  • Good communication skills. Ability to read and interpret documents.  Ability to write routine correspondence, instructions, and procedures.  Basic mathematical skills.  Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions.  Able to compute ratios and percentages.  Demonstrates ability to self-manage.  Consistently at work and on time.  Takes responsibility for own actions, takes initiatives, meets productivity standards, and generates suggestions for improving work

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  92.24KO

Meet Your Recruiter

Kristine O'Sullivan
Sr. Partner

The Food and Beverage Division specializes in the placement of technical professionals in the food and beverage industry from entry level to executive level candidates. I have a talented group of recruiters who specifically source Technical Sales Professionals, Scientists, Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Executive Technical professionals, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Technical Service, Nutrition, Analytical and Corporate Chefs. We work on both a contingent basis for professional level searches and retained search for executive level searches. CPS, Inc. has been in the talent recruitment business for 40+ years and we recruit nationwide.

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