Scientist, Flavor and Analytics

Decatur, GA

Posted: 09/11/2018 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 402.18MR Pay Rate: 67,000 - 96,900

Scientist, Flavor and Analytics

This is a unique, high profile position with a great deal of collaboration with company’s Certified Flavorists and research and development.  The incumbent must possess natural curiosity and ability to troubleshoot. 

This position resides in the Incident Management Team and key responsibilities of this role will be to perform complex physical and/or chemical analysis of raw materials, in process products and finished goods; prepares detailed reports with recommendations and performs routine maintenance and safety checks on laboratory equipment.  The candidate will be:

  • Proficient in applying established standards
  • Train and instruct analysts/scientists
  • A Subject Matter Expert with knowledge base acquired in any of the following areas of expertise: flavor chemistry, microbiology, beverages technology or advanced analytical techniques
  • Works independently; may be required to coach other professionals
  • Knowledge and understanding of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Quality Management Systems (QMS)
  • Lead research projects and develop or validate laboratory test methods or equipment to ensure reliability and accuracy of analytical results
  • Organize workflow and task schedules to maximize laboratory efficiency

Key responsibilities to include:

  • Perform basic and complex testing of materials at a high level of throughput using the required chemical, analytical and/or sensorial methodology according to quality guidelines
  • Interpret data from routine and non-routine analyses in order to validate that ingredients / materials meet specifications. Record results & write technical reports
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and instrumentation (e.g., troubleshooting, conducting preventative maintenance, calibrating and repairing)
  • Organize workflow and task schedules to maximize laboratory efficiency (e.g., prioritize sample analysis, assign tasks, preventative maintenance)
  • Train and instruct Laboratory analysts / scientists
  • Work to and ensure self and team compliance to quality management system requirements through training, documentations, quality records and audits
  • Perform data audit in order to ensure accuracy of data and analytical processes. This may include database queries, statistical process control or correlation study
  • Lead research projects and develop or validate laboratory test methods or equipment (sampling, monitoring, analytical procedures) in order to ensure reliability and accuracy of analytical results. This may include performing capability studies

Communication Complexities:

  • Engage in daily contact with key laboratory personnel e.g. Lab manager, other team members, understand lab workload, priorities and other pertinent information
  • Communicate with relevant other stakeholders such as R&D, BU, and other Technical Functions, and suppliers, providing information on testing, results, other facts. Gather information from R&D, BU, others to help understand needs from lab operation.  Clarify questions regarding testing, rejections, and unusual results, referencing analytical methodologies, Co. policy and local regulatory requirements.  Provide training to internal (e.g. BU, bottlers) and external (e.g. suppliers) stakeholders
  • Provide technical support in IMCR investigations
  • Support Legal with matters that require technical input in area of expertise
  • Ability to communicate technical information both verbally and in written reports that is understandable by technical and non-technical audiences; to produce report of results and recommendations that is clear and concise. Build technical relationships
  • Ability to read, write and speak the English language is required


Once the successful candidate has received the appropriate training, they will be expected to perform at a high level and will:

  • Be an expert with required testing within their dedicated area
  • Evaluate information to determine compliance with specifications or standards
  • Interpret results
  • Work with Laboratory Manager to ensure proper use of resources
  • Interpret of databases for specifications, methods, standards & advanced analytics
  • Writes summaries and reports


  • Recommends new methods or instrumentation to address current and future needs of the laboratory
  • Applies Operational Excellence principles and processes to optimize lab operations

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

JO:  402.18MR



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science preferably Analytical Chemistry, Physical Organic Chemistry, Flavor Chemistry, Food Science or Food Technology, Advanced degree preferred but not necessary
  • 3+ years relevant experience in a Laboratory in the food, pharmaceutical or chemical industry
  • Experience in Beverage technology and flavor chemistry is desirable
  • Experience in troubleshooting is desirable
  • 10% regional and global travel
  • Deep mass spec understanding – ‘hands-on’ with a variety of instruments – especially GC-MS experience
  • Mass spectral data interpretation and unknown compound identification from mass spectral data
  • Flavor compound knowledge/flavor chemistry
  • Fascination to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ of troubleshooting beverage samples that might have an off-flavor, functional issue such as emulsion breakdown
  • Solid Phase Micro Extraction (SPME)
  • Strong understanding of sensory techniques

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

JO:  402.18MR

Mary Rigas
Section Manager/ Sr. Technical Recruiter

I specialize in connecting talent within the Food and Beverage Industry and proud to be part of CPS, Inc., which is on Forbes Top 20 Recruiting Firms list for 2017.

Being a manager and senior recruiter in the Food & Beverage group, our specialties include product development, quality, nutrition, regulatory, sensory, flavor development and application from entry level to executive.

I am part of a team of seven which provides more positions for candidates to consider and more candidates for client companies to consider.  We pride ourselves in building long lasting relationships and assisting both candidates and client companies in achieving their goals.

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