Food Scientist - Chicago, IL

Tampico Beverages

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3106 N Campbell Ave
Chicago, IL 60618 (map it!Map it! )

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Consumer Products

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4 Year Degree


At least 10 year(s)

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Food Scientist


Tampico Beverages, a growing multi-national company with corporate offices in Chicago, has an immediate opportunity for a Food Scientist



Besides being one of the top selling brands of Refrigerated Juice Drinks available in groceries across America and around the world, we are a team of dedicated people focused on bringing our consumers the best tasting, highest quality products at the best value. Please visit our website at for more information.


Our employees are some of the best and brightest individuals in the food industry and enjoy the following benefits: vacation, health, dental, vision, life insurance, short & long term disability, employee assistance program, tuition reimbursement and ESOP



This position reports directly to the VP of Quality, Innovation, Research and Development under minimal supervision, and will be responsible for portions of Tampico’s R&D / Innovation agenda as authorized by the VP of Quality, Innovation, Research and Develpment .  The food scientist will develop flavors and beverage formulations, manufacturing procedures, and specifications for new products, product enhancement, quality improvement and cost reduction projects.  Candidate must be capable of handling multiple projects in a limited time frame while remaining detail-oriented, reliable, and organized.  The candidate must also reflect excellent interpersonal and written/oral communication skills while demonstrating initiative and responsiveness in the daily work environment.  A solid understanding of project management is required and the ability to deliver on the technical aspects of projects including the functions of flavor and beverage formulation, sensory science, microbiology, nutrition, analytical chemistry, ingredient evaluation and regulatory.  The food scientist will not only develop and manage part of the Innovation agenda; he/she will also be performing the bench work, experiments, test and study related to assigned projects.  


This is a hands-on job that also includes the complete management of the assigned project.  Finally, the candidate will also provide technical support to Marketing, Sales, Operations, Quality, and external customers.



·         Independently conducts research (gathers data, designs, plans and conducts experiments) on current and new products / raw materials, exploring methods to improve cost, quality, flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, convenience and/or physical, chemical, and microbiological composition of products.

·         Designs and performs all technical aspects of projects to ensure that all projects proceed according to plan. Selects appropriate methods, tests and procedures for testing.

·         Effectively documents details of experiments: objectives, formulas, methodology, required equipment, equipment setup, prepares and presents written reports and proposes / implements next steps.

·         Organizes and leads projects and results presentations.

·         Maintains awareness of current technical trends and identifies, develops and implements experiments to exploit emerging technologies and ingredients that can be applied to increase profitability and quality.

·         Develops products and flavors including plant scale-ups and establishes manufacturing processes and procedures.

·         Creates new products containing flavors in a wide variety of food and beverage systems.

·         Leads organoleptic evaluation for all assigned projects.

·         Develops and writes experimental formulas, manufacturing procedures, and specifications for raw ingredients, and finished products, nutritional sheets, allergen information and sources ingredients.

·         Interacts with purchasing for costing, new, alternatives and/or replacement ingredients, resolves issues with ingredient specifications and addresses ingredient functionality problems

·         Collaborates with Manufacturing and Quality to provide technical expertise and support to address quality and production issues and improve product performance.

·         Leverages supplier resources.  Collaborates with supplier on assigned projects as needed. 

·         Creates prototypes and experimental methods to approve potential ingredients and suppliers. Identifies, approves and writes specifications for new ingredients.

·         Provides judgment and experience to assure that an appropriate level of technical common sense and discipline are being employed and utilized in business decisions.

·         Manages multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring timely completion of project objectives in a fast-paced, priority shifting environment.

·         Maintains all developmental records in an orderly, comprehensive manner.

·         Ensures products meet regulatory requirement and are safe, through proper formulation, shelf life testing and collaboration with the Regulatory Department.


·         Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Micro Biology, Food Science or other related discipline Required. 

·         Masters Degree in Food Science preferred

·         10+ experience in a R&D / Innovation role with a flavor / beverage company, along with strong technical expertise in flavor chemistry, composition and functionality, coupled with knowledge of beverage manufacturing is required

·         Leadership skills and proactive attitudes in approaching technical solutions

·         Ability to communicate well and to effectively influence and interact with others to accomplish research goals.

·         Ability to interact with customers and manage relationship.

·         Ability to independently develop products from idea to commercialization

·         Significant experience with coordination of new product development and launch

·         Able to work on several large projects, multi-tasking and managing priorities.

·         High personal standards of ownership, accountability and initiative

·         Belief in continuous improvement

·         Inquisitive and open minded

·         Driven with a sense of urgency

·         Positive and dynamic attitude to get things done

·         Self-motivated and results driven

·         Articulate and thoughts are well-organized

·         Ability to take complex concepts and translate them into practical, meaningful applications

·         Strong Mathematics and statistical skills

·         Strong background in shelf life trials and organoleptic validation

·         Good sensory abilities and experience with a wide range of flavors and tastes

·         Bilingual (SP/EN) preferred.

·         Strong managerial and interpersonal skills.

·         The ability to coach, influence and develop others.

·         Proficient on MS Office Suite.


Note:  Relocation assistance will be considered.  No phone inquiries please.

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