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Associate Food Scientist




United States


CA - Dinuba Main Facility - Odwalla




Full Time






Feb 17, 2014






Position Overview:

Primary Responsibilities:



  • Develop innovative beverages and bars through all stages of product introduction (concept, bench top, sensory testing, plant trial, commercialization, shelf life, nutritional verification) while staying within specified parameters (cost, label claims, targeted flavor and customer profiles) at all manufacturing sites (Dinuba and Co-packers).
  • Generate creative new concepts and innovative products and processes appropriate to the brand, business plan and strategies.
  • Represent R&D as a project leader in interacting with marketing, production, QA, purchasing, finance, logistics, and sales departments as well as with suppliers and customers.
  • Provide Technical Services and trouble shooting support to Operations and Quality Assurance in Dinuba and Co-packing facilities.
  • Conduct technical research projects through all stages of experimentation (test protocol development, inter-departmental coordination, execution, and data generation & interpretation).
  • Investigate, analyze, and execute new product/process improvement and cost savings opportunities.
  • Train and develop Lab Technician(s); may also supervise Lab Technicians.
  • Develop ingredient and nutritional statements and present to SRA for approval.
  • Develop and maintain Operating and Ingredient Specifications.
  • Develop and execute best lab procedures and practices.
  • Develop juice blend recipes for production.
  • Coordinate new ingredient, crop year, and supplier approvals.
  • Self-training to keep abreast of developing technologies and lifestyle and nutritional trends to maintain competitive edge.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Minimum Requirements:



  • Master degree in Food Science or related field with 2 years of product experience or Bachelor degree with 4 years of experience.
  • Good understanding of food chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and sensory evaluation principles and practices.
  • Experience in all phases of the product development process and in ingredient technology.
  • Self-manage multiple projects in a fast paced working environment.
  • Possess diverse food processing and ingredient science knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with many departments such as Marketing, Sales, Operations, Quality, Logistics, and Purchasing.
  • Proactive and able to identify problems and execute solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly learn new skills and assume new responsibilities.
  • Ability to travel required.
  • Creative culinary skills.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Fruit and/or nutritional experience a plus, but not necessary.


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.

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