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Research and Development Scientist - Emeryville, CA


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Emeryville, CA


Home Office


Research and Development

Employment Duration:

Full time

The Company

For almost 50 years, our goal has been to offer the best coffees & teas in the world, without compromise. Since 1966, we’ve journeyed in the pursuit of better – a better blend, a better cup of coffee, a better experience for our customers.  Every day, our teams strive to deliver on our company’s purpose better than they did the day before.  Our values – Mastery, Responsibility, Curiosity and Prosperity – guide us on this journey.  Join us!

We've learned that the secret to great coffee is the people who make it, and we apply the same care in selecting and preparing our teams as we do when crafting the perfect cup. Collectively, we foster a culture based on authenticity that inspires people to unleash their unique, personal passions and expertise toward achieving our vision and mission.  It takes talent and dedication from hundreds of Peetniks to make a single cup of Peet's coffee.

If you're ready to give your career a distinctive new flavor, come talk with us about career opportunities at Peet's.


Reporting to the director of R&D and QA, the R&D Scientist will work in the areas of product/ingredient formulations and scale up, new product/ingredients research, test methods development, development and execution of shelf life studies for freshness/food safety and specifications development. The R&D Scientist will collaborate with cross-functional teams, key suppliers and consultants and will be the subject matter expert in the development and reformulation of products and ingredients. This is a full time, salaried position.



  • Lead formulation of products and ingredients from concept to production.
  • Communicate with internal and external customers.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to design operationally simple and effective products/ingredients for all business channels.
  • Manage product development work with suppliers and/or external resources.
  • Lead manufacturing trials and scale ups at pilot plants or production facilities.
  • Work with cross functional teams to provide technical R&D expertise and leadership in development/reformulations of products and ingredients.
  • Establish key technical performance measures to ensure progress against agreed deliverables and timelines.
  • Research, identify and share knowledge of emerging technologies, products and ingredients as needed.
  • Anticipate product development challenges and propose alternative solutions to ensure best possible outcome.
  • Design, organize, and conduct sensory evaluations of existing and new products/ingredients.
  • Evaluate products and ingredients from a functional and sensory perspective to assess suitability and quality for Peet’s.
  • Explore and design research methodologies and/or tests for specific products to test viability and performance for Peet’s operations.
  • Conduct testing in house or with suppliers/consultants to drive the product development process.
  • Organize and manage external testing programs.
  • Report on test results and communicate recommendations to cross-functional teams.
  • Supervise employees as assigned.


  • A science degree in microbiology, food sciences, food engineering or related fields.
  • Product development experience in food or beverage company.
  • Trained in sensory evaluation of food and beverages.
  • Test development and execution for food or beverage company.
  • Knowledge of food technology, food microbiology, and food manufacturing.
  • Experience in product safety risk assessment and HACCP.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality as needed.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and able to handle multiple projects at the same time.
  • Computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office and able to master other software.


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