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Scientist IV - Apopka, FL
The Coca-Cola Company





Location: APOPKA, FL All Job Types: Full time
City: Apopka
Country: United States of America
Specific Location: FL - Apopka

Job ID: R-05872

Position Overview:

The Product Development Scientist will work in the Apopka Global Juice Center and will manage Retail Juice product development projects for the Odwalla brand from their initiation to completion.

Function Specific Activities:

This will require ability to conduct concept development, product development, stability assessment, assist with launch preparation and supervision of commercial production for juices, fruit smoothies, juice drinks, protein and other beverage products to meet the business requirements internally and within project timeline.


Design, develop, conduct and/or review experiments in order to deliver new products: evaluate ingredients, product or packaging safety, efficacy or claims. This work will involve laboratory and pilot plant environments.


The associate will represent R&D on cross functional team interacting with Marketing, Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance, Regulatory, Program Management, Quality and Finance to deliver projects on time and within budget.

Self-manage multiple projects to successful outcome in a fast paced working environment.

Function Specific Activities:

  • Design and develop new products from bench top to commercialization while staying within specified parameters of cost and label claims; evaluate new ingredients, verify nutritional profiles, and conduct product or packaging stability assessments to deliver against design.
  • Act as scientific, regulatory, technical or quality expert and consultant by responding to targeted questions from the field or other departments/ business units. This includes acting as a resource for general information and acting as a consultant for other technical personnel in the Company & manufacturing facilities.
  • Develop new ingredient and product specifications and own formula entry into formula management system.
  • Manage documentation and records in order to ensure that they are complete, current, secure and easily retrievable. This may include designing, organizing or maintaining technical or regulatory records (e.g., paper formula files) and reports.
  • Identify, classify, maintain, and protect files, documentation and sensitive information consistent with record handling and retention requirements. Record data from analyses or experiments in a computer, log book or laboratory notebook.
  • Self-training to keep abreast of developing technologies, lifestyle & nutritional trends to maintain competitive edge within the Premium Natural Health Beverage category.

Must Haves & preferred experience/duties:

  • Proven experience in product development and scale up at plant
  • Technical fundamentals and problem solving ability
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills to translate technical information into easily-understood business language
  • Cross functional & project management skills
  • Experience in juice, dairy, protein product development and commercialization a plus
  • Experience in validation of Non-GMO Project a plus
  • Exposure to working in multicultural environments preferred
  • A good understanding of NHB customer base, nutritional needs & culinary trends.

Technical Skills:

  • Proprietary Composition Information: Ability to recognize and protect proprietary information as it relates to formulas and ingredients.
  • Basic Project Management: Knowledge of project management principles and the ability to apply the principles, tools and techniques to develop/plan, manage or execute projects or workplans to ensure successful completion (e.g. on time, within budget).
  • Building Technical Relationships: Proactively builds relationships and collaborates with cross functional partners to achieve goals.
  • Endurance & flexibility: Willingness and ability to occasionally function effectively over extended periods of time.

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Food Science or related field / Master's Degree preferred

Related Work Experience: At least 5 years of work experience required

Travel Requirements: Domestic travel up to 15%

Relocation Assistance: Yes

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience:

3-5 Years Experience

Leadership Behaviors:

  • DRIVE INNOVATION: Generate new or unique solutions and embrace new ideas that help sustain our business(encompassing everything from continuous improvement to new product and package innovation). 
  • COLLABORATE WITH SYSTEM, CUSTOMERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS: Develop and leverage relationships with stakeholders to approximately stretch and impact the System (Company and Bottler).
  • ACT LIKE AN OWNER: Deliver results, creating value for our Brands, our System, our customers, and key stakeholders. 
  • INSPIRE OTHERS: Inspire people to deliver our mission and 2020 Vision, demonstrate passion for the business and give people a reason to believe anything is possible. 
  • DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS: Develop self and support others' development to achieve full potential. 

Growth Behaviors:

  • GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
  • SMART RISK: Makes bold decisions/recommendations.
  • EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
  • PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards. Outperforms her/his peers.
  • FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Experiments and adapts. Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
  • EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


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