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Ingredient Scientist - Sweeteners-1502287 - Plano, TX



Ingredient Scientist - Sweeteners

This position will help determine and influence the sweetener platform strategy and lead key projects within the strategy.  They will be responsible for maintaining and building relationships with sweetener suppliers.  They will collaborate predominately with product development, sensory, flavor, and regulatory groups as well as procurement, and ingredient suppliers.


Join the team at Dr Pepper Snapple Group and make a difference by pursuing everything that you do with the determination that sets us apart from our competitors. Driving for results leads to recognition and personal growth within the company, helping us to achieve our goal to “Be the Best Beverage Business in the Americas”. The success that comes from within each of us is recognized, and creates opportunities for your growth in the organization.



·         Develop and execute work plans for key projects which may include bench-top formulation, sensory evaluation, consumer testing, pilot plant production, and product testing

·         Proactively surface ideas and projects based on sweetener expertise

·         Develop new ingredient specifications and lead the internal review process for new ingredients or changes to current ingredients

·         Use and be able to teach others how to use laboratory equipment to measure ingredient and finished product specifications

·         Independently lead informal taste evaluations, summarize comments and conclusions and facilitate next steps will little direction from manager

·         Proactively send out ingredients and finished product for testing and maintain database of results

·         Organize and facilitate supplier presentations to learn about potential new sweeteners and ingredients and application in beverage systems

·         Proactively search for potential new sweetener technologies with new suppliers

·         Maintain an electronic notebook of all formulas, evaluations, and results

·         With little direction from manager, evaluate new ingredients and alternate suppliers to identify potential cost savings opportunities

·         Develop and execute shelf life testing protocols for new ingredients

·         Work with product development teams to transfer learning and knowledge of new sweetener technology to new product development projects

·         Troubleshoot sweetener quality issues based on experience

·         Use experience and judgment to prioritize multi-task workloads and assignments

·         Work with suppliers to identify and evaluate sweetener modifiers

·         Bench-top development work may account for 50 to 75% of this position

·         May travel up to 10% of time



·         Strong leadership skills as demonstrated through experience

·         Advanced written and verbal communication skills with technical and non-technical audiences

·         Advanced experience formulating carbonated and non-carbonated beverages and thorough understanding of ingredient functionality

·         Experience with sweetener modifiers in beverage applications

·         Experience with calculating calories and cost per case of finished beverage formulas

·         Has sensory acuity and appreciation to distinguish between sweeteners and changes in beverage formulation

·         Extensive experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

·         Attention to detail

·         Ability to use a design of experiments approach to evaluations

·         Development work with sweeteners including artificial and natural high intensity sweeteners and nutritive sweeteners

·         Ability to maintain a lab area with 5S requirements


Total Rewards

We take great pride in offering our people benefits that are competitive. We appreciate hard work, innovative ideas and unending passion, which is why we provide a comprehensive set of benefits and options designed to fit the unique lifestyles of our employees from day one based on eligibility requirements. 



·         Bachelor’s degree in food science, chemistry or biology required

·         3 years of experience relevant to position

·         Able to lift, push, and pull up to 35 pounds

·         Valid Driver’s License

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is the leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 11 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes Sunkist soda, 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Crush, Mott's, Squirt, Hawaiian Punch, Peñafiel, Clamato, Schweppes, Rose's and Mr & Mrs T mixers.


Dr Pepper Snapple Group is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Dr Pepper Snapple Group recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE. Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled


: Research and Development

Primary Location

: United States-Texas-Plano

Other Locations

: United States-Texas-Dallas, United States-Texas-North Dallas


: Research & Development


: Full-time

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