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Beverage Scientist - CA - El Segundo





United States


CA - El Segundo



Full Time





Oct 10, 2014






Position Overview:

Company Overview

Located in El Segundo, CA, ZICO Beverages LLC is one of the fastest growing beverage companies on the planet and the pioneer of the explosive coconut water category. We are on a mission to help consumers switch from artificial, unhealthy beverages to the natural, healthy replenishment of ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water.  We believe in healthy, natural, balanced living; in having fun while working hard; in learning, growing and giving back. We are looking for an exceptional individual who shares our vision and is up to the challenge of playing a critical role in building a new category and the next great beverage brand with the potential for significant personal and professional development.


Position Overview

The position is located in El Segundo, CA and reports into ZICOís Director of R&D and Technical Services.  The Beverage Scientist is a key technical position in ZICO that will focus on driving and executing product development initiatives and is an exciting opportunity to add value to ZICOís domestic and international development. 


  • Develop new products, line extensions, and reformulations from concept development through to commercialization. 
  • Engage in sensory studies related to product optimizations and shelf life testing.
  • Partner with internal functions such as marketing, operations, regulatory, finance, and supply chain as well as with external partners including suppliers and co-packers in the development process to ensure commercialization success.
  • Develop timing in support of required launches.  Manage the product development process from start to finish to meet launch timing.
  • Utilize sound technical and scientific approach during the development of formulations and technical data collection and analysis.
  • Assure compliance of developed products to required labeling, both from a nutritional perspective and product labeling perspective (ingredient statements, claims, product statement of identity).
  • Identify and qualify ingredient suppliers and ingredients that meet product requirements.
  • Conduct hands-on benchwork, set-up plant trials, conduct plant trials, and analyze and report results.
  • Work with the manufacturing facilities to determine procedures that can efficiently and effectively produce the desired product.
  • Document plant trials, results, and final formulations and procedures for use as manufacturing instructions.
  • Analyze formulations to meet required cost targets.
  • Manage suppliers in support of project objectives and as an extension of resources.
  • Keep informed on current products and trends related to the beverage category particularly on an ingredient and product level. 
  • Will develop, interface, and coordinate with our international ZICO office as well as international beverage industry manufacturers. 
  • Travel both domestically and internationally in support of project work; extended travel internationally may be required at times. 
  • Display flexibility and ability to work in changing environments with changing demands.
  • Support new process and package development in support of new product development.
  • Contribute in other areas as assigned such as sourcing, quality, regulatory, and supply chain. 


Key Requirements

  • Minimum Bachelorís degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Biotechnology.    Masterís degree in those fields is a plus.
  • Minimum 7 years experience in all aspects of product development including concept development, benchwork and formulation, sensory testing and shelf life testing as part of the development process, ingredient sourcing, specification setting, plant trial execution, scaling and commercialization at the manufacturing facility, and ensuring adherence to specifications, regulatory requirements, and cost targets.    
  • Must have experience managing suppliers in support of project objectives.
  • Knowledge of ingredient technology and utilization in formulation and product design.
  • Must be hands-on, an independent thinker and worker, organized, flexible, analytical, thorough, detail-oriented, and self- motivated.     Must be able to think critically as well as creatively in benchwork formulation, use of ingredients, scale-up and trials to achieve best technical solutions. 
  • Must have experience in accurately and thoroughly documenting formulations and manufacturing procedures with ability to analyze data statistically, set specifications, and determine compliance to nutritional requirements and claims.
  • Must have a solid history of conducting plant trials in the product development process and commercializing new product formulations at manufacturing facilities.      Must be comfortable and knowledgeable in determining and understanding manufacturing process requirements as related to developing commercially-feasible formulations that can be scaled and consistently produced. 
  • Knowledge of fundamental US FDA regulatory requirements related to food and beverage labeling.
  • Knowledge of basic food safety and GMPís.
  • Must have strong communication skills, both written and oral, with all levels and functions.
  • Able to contribute individually as well as in a team environment.
  • Able to function well in a fast-paced, growing, and demanding business environment; must be flexible and be able to work, at times, without significant structure.
  • Proficient in Microsoft office, particularly Excel and Word.    
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple diverse projects and tasks
  • Strong relationship building, influencing skills and ability to collaborate effectively with business partners
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally;  extended travel internationally may be required at times in support of projects; travel will be approximately 30%. 
  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs, stand for extended periods, kneel, bend, and stoop as necessary to perform duties.

Highly desirable and preferred:

  • Juice product development experience
  • Nutritional product development experience
  • Fluency in Thai and/or Tagalog (written and spoken)
  • Familiarity with Food Administration laws and regulations in Thailand and/or the Philippines
  • Experience working with contract manufacturers
  • Low-Acid UHT product and process knowledge
  • Completion of Better Process Control School for LACF or Aseptic
  • Experience with Genesis

There is no single formula for passion; what defines the people at ZICO Beverages is the ability to convert their passion into action. It's how they push the world's greatest brands to new heights. What's your secret formula?

Relocation costs are not provided for this job. By applying for this job, candidates understand and acknowledge that the Company will not provide relocation assistance or support and that relocation will be entirely the responsibility of the candidate.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected

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