Research & Innovation Principal Scientist, Beverages
Louisville, CO 
Posted 21 days ago
Job Description

Everyone on our Research & Innovation team shares a passion for innovation, new process, new formulations, new packaging and new ways of thinking. By joining this team, you will use your scientific and technologic expertise to bring health through food, meet the needs of consumers and nurture growth in the business. We are currently looking to hire a Principal Scientist based in Louisville, CO.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the coffee creamer, RTD coffee and waters businesses as a technical lead of Danone's Research & Innovation team through technical leadership, product and process design support, and ingredient functionality mastery.
  • Deliver nutritional breakthroughs, protectable technologies and great tasting, superior category innovations through expanded technical expertise in emulsion sciences, extraction technologies, and functional ingredient interactions.
  • Work closely with procurement, engineering, and our supplier base to identify potential innovation, renovation, and productivity opportunities
  • Scoping and developing new partnerships (universities, start-ups, new suppliers) to unlock technology solutions for productivity, product improvements, or new products while ensuring process capability
  • Identifying opportunities for novel, strategic research initiatives to develop the next generation of products in new and adjacent categories
  • Develop product formulas, processing procedures, product, and raw material specifications to deliver consistent, high-quality, superior products that support business objectives
  • Independently plan and execute bench, pilot, and plant trials for new and improved products, analyze test results and effectively translate these into effective next steps that lead to project successes

The base compensation range for this position is $110,000-165,000 (commensurate with experience). Danone North America additionally offers a performance-based bonus and has a strong benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription Drug Coverage, 401k Plan, Wellness Program, Life Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Time Off, and Paid Parental Bonding Leave, among other benefit plan options.

  • Master's Degree in Food Science, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or closely related field preferred (PhD preferred) with 10+ years of experience in product development in the food industry.
  • Strong technical skills on product formulation, industrial processes, ingredient functionality, and product-process interactions; preferred in-depth knowledge on dairy and non-dairy protein and functional ingredient technologies or coffee processing.
  • Knowledgeable in ingredient selection, formulation, processing equipment, and operating conditions for liquid-based oil-in-water emulsions.
  • Extensive technical and theoretical knowledge of emulsion science and manufacturing processes
  • Strong project management/organization and the ability to advocate and align key stakeholders (including non-technical leadership) on new technology or strategic research initiatives.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) and the ability to interact with all company functions including R&D, Marketing, Purchasing and Operations.
  • Comfortable operating in the fuzzy front-end area of innovation and passionate about creating, rapid prototyping, development, and commercialization of ideas under tight timelines.
  • Knowledge, Understanding, and interpretation of the patent landscape

At Danone North America, you'll work with some of the best-known food and beverage brands in the world like Activia, Silk, Two Good, Oikos, evian, and Happy Family. You'll be part of one of the largest Certified B Corps in the world, working together to make sure our brands create real benefits for people, communities, and the planet. We have 6,000+ employees across the U.S. and Canada. Come join our movement for a healthier world: One Planet. One Health BY YOU.

Danone North America doesn't just welcome what makes you unique, we value it. We're proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We recruit, employ, train and promote regardless of race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other protected status. Faithful to our values of openness and humanism, all of our employees share in the commitment to engage one another with dignity and respect.


Dannon is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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