Scientist - CA - El Segundo
CA - El
JOB POSTING END DATE
Oct 10, 2014
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Ability to travel both
domestically and internationally; extended travel internationally
may be required at times in support of projects; travel will be
- Ability to lift up to 25lbs,
stand for extended periods, kneel, bend, and stoop as necessary to
Highly desirable and preferred:
- Juice product development
- Nutritional product development
- 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
- Low-Acid UHT product and
- 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