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Scientist V - R&D




United States


NY - New York




Full Time






Jan 3, 2017



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Position Overview:

The Global Enhanced Hydration R&D group is searching for an experienced, creative, and highly-organized Sr. Scientist to serve as an R&D Innovation Lead. The incumbent will have two key responsibilities:

  1. Serve as Technical Program Lead (Product Development, Packaging, Regulatory and Food Service Equipment) with objective of managing all global innovation projects in partnership with Global marketing
  2. Serve as a key R&D contact responsible for planning and executing all product development activities

This role will provide technical leadership and expertise in TCCC’s technical community, and will be responsible for substantial contact and involvement with internal business partners in addition to external customers. The individual will build and deliver Global Innovation projects which drive innovation that are scalable to multiple geographies, taking consumer needs and insights, Business Unit (BU) specific needs, local competition and other global/local relevant aspects into consideration to optimize innovation expansion. He/she will lead the development and implementation of a strategic plan that sets a strong R&D direction. The incumbent must have strong ability to recommend and influence executive-level decisions.

The Technical R&D Lead role is new and the accountable leader will need to establish the Global innovation priority including: strategic link, technology pipeline, ways to operate within R&D, and needed connections with Marketing/BU’s. The incumbent must secure prioritization and allocation of resources needed to execute the initiatives supporting Global Innovation Priority, across Technical, Marketing, and BU Commercialization.

This position will be located in New York City (NY). Travel will fluctuate and is projected at maximum of 30% of time. Overnight and extended travel is required to cover global responsibility.


  • Drive a Sustainable 1-5 year Global Innovation Pipeline: accountable for understanding consumers’ expectations for today and the future and applying to build an robust innovation pipeline that is focused on Business needs.  
  • Provide technical input to Marketing team to help shape project requirements and prepare project plans for approval, prioritization and allocation of technical resources. Identifies key technical hurdles and deliverables.
  • Provide Technical Leadership coordinating work across Product, Package, Regulatory and Food Service Equipment to deliver projects on time, at target cost and with the right quality. This includes planning, organizing and executing technical activities to support business growth and continuity.
  • Foster R&D Integration across geographies: simultaneously integrate the development of R&D innovation platform for Top Global Innovation priorities across all regional R&D Centers (New York city, Mexico city, Shanghai/Tokyo, and Brussels).
  • Independently create fully developed technical plans, including resource requirements and risk assessments.
  • Responsible for conducting, planning, organizing and executing new product development activities to support business growth and continuity. Designs, tests and execute activities/processes to ensure that all cycles of product development process are executed successfully and on time.
  • Identifies, evaluates and selects new ingredients, developments, trends & technologies in food and beverage industry to guide product development initiatives. Partners with internal and external parties to stay abreast of our consumer’s needs and identifies actions plans to address those needs. Drives and leverages internal and external suppliers to deliver ingredient and product innovation.
  • Excellent communications skills- concise & precise in thought, verbal, and written skills. Ability to clearly communicate and influence cross-functional teams and Sr. management. Must excel at building and maintaining relationships that motivate others and builds teams.
  • Deep ability to exercise Critical Thinking and Problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent time and project management skills with proven ability to manage and prioritize multiple, concurrent projects.

Job Requirements: 

    • An advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in chemical engineering, food engineering, food science, or a related field is preferred.  Additional Business expertise (MBA) a plus.
    • Minimum ten years’ experience developing and launching products (global beverage or food company experience preferred). Other rich, relevant R&D experience will also be considered.
    • Demonstrated leadership and team building competencies; strong project management and complex problem solving abilities; excellent communication, human relations, and people management skills; and the ability to be self-directed, forward thinking, and make complex decisions that drive business innovation and performance.
    • Extensive knowledge of flavors, food ingredients, processing, packaging, nutrition, stability testing amongst other skills are important to the success of this role.

Leadership Behaviors:

  • DRIVE INNOVATION:  Generate new or unique solutions and embrace new ideas that help sustain our business
  • COLLABORATE WITH SYSTEM, CUSTOMERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS:  Develop and leverage relationships with stakeholders to appropriately 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

Honesty and integrity have always been cornerstone values of The Coca-Cola Company. Our passion for people of integrity mirrors our spirited drive for total quality in our brands. These and other elements allow the company to sustain strategic practices and drive business performance. The Personnel Integrity Assurance Program is another step toward making The Coca-Cola Company the premier workplace. This process includes a pre-employment background investigation that applies to all applicants employees and contractors of the company. The scope of this inquiry may cover such elements as education employment history a criminal history check reference checks and a pre-employment drug screen. Designated countries or sensitive positions within the company may have more stringent standards. 

At The Coca-Cola Company you can cultivate your career in a challenging and dynamic environment. We are the largest manufacturer and distributor of nonalcoholic drinks in the world-selling more than 1 billion drinks a day. Unlock your full potential with a future-focused company that is known and respected throughout the world. 

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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