- Norcross, GA
Support product development personnel on sparkling beverage projects. Assist in accurate production of beverages from lab bench scale to pilot lab to pilot plant productions. Day to day activities include preparation, testing, and evaluation of flavor mixtures, syrups and beverages, conducting beverage analysis, submitting samples for analysis, acquiring paperwork for new ingredients, organizing expert taste tests, restocking ingredients and clean up. Must have very high attention to detail, good communication skills, pro-active disposition and be a team player.
Prepare beverages and conduct analytical tests and taste or odor tests according to guidelines.
Conduct experiments (e.g., laboratory or process experiments) in order to deliver new products, evaluate ingredient, product or packaging safety, efficacy or claims; or evaluate new ingredients, materials, products or processes.
Manage work requests from 9 scientists and schedule for maximal efficiency and priority. Communicate openly with scientists regarding timing and progress of requested work.
Maintain laboratory equipment and instrumentation (e.g., troubleshooting, conducting preventative maintenance, calibrating and repairing).
Record data from analyses or experiments in a computer, log book or laboratory notebook.
Purchase laboratory supplies to maintain proper level of inventory. This includes discussing needs with Scientists, screening vendors, placing orders, etc,
Create written materials (e.g., memos, reports/updates) to provide information on activities, progress of implementation projects, issues, concerns or project summaries.
Core Competencies: The following is a list of top Core Competencies needed for the job.
Drives Innovative Business Improvements: Develops new insights into solutions that result in organizational improvements; promotes a work environment that fosters creative thinking, innovation and rational risk taking.
Balances Immediate and Long-Term Priorities: Seeks to meet critical objectives while considering the impact of those decisions and activities on the ability to achieve long-term goals.
Delivers Results: Focuses on the critical few objectives that add the most value and channels own and others’ energy to consistently deliver results that meet or exceed expectations.
Imports and Exports Good Ideas: Relentlessly seeks, shares and adopts ideas and best practices in and outside the Company and embraces change introduced by others.
Develops and Inspires Others: Builds and maintains relationships that motivate, guide, and/or reinforce the performance of others toward goal accomplishments. Develops self and others to improve performance in current role and to prepare for future roles; seeks and provides feedback and coaching to enhance performance.
Technical Skills: The following is a list of the top Technical Skills needed for the job.
Basic Product Development: Knowledge of food science and the product development process. Beverage a plus.
Beverage Manufacturing: Knowledge of and ability to apply carbonated and non-carbonated beverage processing techniques (e,g. proportioning, carbonating, syrup manufacturing, filling) is a plus.
Building Technical Relationships: Ability to apply technical knowledge and establish credibility with highly technical audiences in order to build technical relationships that will benefit customers or the Company,
Calibration: Ability to measure instrument variations and apply corrections for ensuring the accuracy and precision of an instrument or measurement tool.
Ingredients: Knowledge of key ingredients used in production of beverages (e,g. caramel, citric acid, benzoate, juice, phosphoric acid, maltodextrin, flavor)
Internet: Knowledge of Internet search techniques used to find required information (e,g. technical facts) and monitor sites of interest to the department.
Laboratory Practices: Knowledge and application of Good Laboratory Practices (e,g. handling of chemicals and glassware, preparation of standards and reagents, proper measuring techniques, data management, housekeeping)
Proprietary Composition Information: Ability to recognize and protect proprietary information as it relates to formulas and ingredients
Preference for Food Science background. Minimum requirement is a science degree (e.g. chemical engineering, chemistry, analytical chemistry, biology)