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RD&A Scientist - Functional Beverage

Requisition ID 48186
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Research and Development 
Posting Type DNI

Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.

What will you do?

Kerry is seeking a Research, Development and Application Scientist for a key role supporting the growth of the Functional Beverage market for North America. Reporting to the RD&A Director, this position is responsible for executing on the business strategy by creating market relevant and differentiated products that meet the requirements of customers and consumers, utilizing Kerry’s broad and industry leading portfolio of technologies.

This role is part of a team of RD&A Scientists and Technicians that are responsible for the development of powder and liquid beverage concepts.

Strong communication and leadership skills are critical as the day-to-day activities involve significant cross-functional collaboration with Flavorists, Nutrition Scientists, Regulatory, Marketing, Sales, and Finance.

  • Lead formulation and concept development from end-to-end on internal and customer projects within North America for the Functional Beverage market.
  • Use sound commercial and technical awareness of ingredients, processes, end use market and customer requirements to deliver on project objectives, across powder beverages and liquid beverage product formats.
  • Develop innovative solutions to help grow customer and Kerry’s market share within cost parameters and manufacturing capabilities while ensuring all new products are legal within country of use.
  • Manage Pilot Plant validation work and facilitate first production trials of new products internally and with third part manufacturers.
  • Build strong relationships with customer contacts via clear communication, on-site and virtual visits, presentations and supporting trials when required.
  • Support sales and business representatives during customer calls through technical presentations and product demonstrations.
  • Work within cross-functional teams to optimize the strengths of Kerry and deliver the best Taste and Nutrition experience for our customers.
  • Study methods to improve quality of products such as flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, as well as physical, chemical, and microbiological composition.

What will you need to be successful?

  • BSc/MSc/PhD in Food Science, Food Engineering, or related field.
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience in product development, preferably beverages products.
  • Experience working with 'functional ingredients' is a plus - probiotics, adaptogens, botanical extracts, etc.
  • Working knowledge of the beverage market in North America.
  • Proven success in product development resulting in successful market launch.
  • Curiosity and a willingness to push creative boundaries.
  • Strong team-player, with excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication and project management skills.
  • Knowledgeable about food chemistry, sensory, microbiology, food packaging systems and food engineering.

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .                                       

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