Principal Scientist - Ready to Drink

Appleton, WI

Posted: 04/18/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 174.19KO Pay Rate: 100,000 - 130,000

Principal Scientist – Ready to Drink

The Principal Product Development Scientist will join the company R&D team to provide technical expertise and leadership to ensure successful implementation of new product development and manufacturing process excellence.  The R&D leadership team is focused on delivering company Food & Nutrition targets in quality, profit and growth with attention to customer expectations; as well as following food industry trends in ingredients, products, and processes.  Key responsibilities include:

  • Generates and translates product concepts to technically feasible products using information from all phases of product development
  • Demonstrated application of food science, technology, and ingredient functionality in the launch of new products. Experience in the product commercialization process
  • Demonstrated use of various unit operations for a successful manufacturing scale-up of products
  • Applies structured analysis, design, and contingency planning to resolve complex product development problems
  • Develops deep expertise in one or more key technical areas relevant to the business and serves as technology leader and cross-functional consultant
  • Applies pertinent regulatory, quality, and nutrition guidelines during product design to ensure legal compliance and product safety
  • Generates, identifies and captures intellectual property on innovative technology to create a competitive advantage
  • Ability to effectively serve as R&D lead for a business or technology platform
  • Manage people, time and financial resources to meet project / department objectives
  • Strong knowledge of Quality standards, GMP and employee safety in the workplace including compliance with company guidelines
  • Partners cross-functionally to understand customer and business requirements for the successful translation of product ideas into feasible consumer-relevant proof-of-concept products. Experience engaging in private label product manufacturing is a plus
  • Partners cross-functionally for the development of those proof-of-concept products into technically feasible innovative products
  • Develops and utilizes networking relationships with external partners, such as suppliers and research centers, to acquire and enhance technical knowledge and expertise
  • Capable of identifying and developing new technologies with external partners and aligning work-stream with internal shareholders
  • Effectively leads change to continuously adapt to a dynamic business environment. Demonstrate sound leadership and team behaviors.  Serves as an example to other R&D team members

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  174.19KO




  • BS/MS/PhD Food Science or Food Chemistry (Advanced degree highly preferred, however will consider undergrad degrees with the right experience)
  • 3+ years of product development RTD beverage experience

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  174.19KO



Kristine O'Sullivan
Sr. Partner

The Food and Beverage Division specializes in the placement of technical professionals in the food and beverage industry from entry level to executive level candidates. I have a talented group of recruiters who specifically source Technical Sales Professionals, Scientists, Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Executive Technical professionals, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Technical Service, Nutrition, Analytical and Corporate Chefs. We work on both a contingent basis for professional level searches and retained search for executive level searches. CPS, Inc. has been in the talent recruitment business for 40+ years and we recruit nationwide.

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