Principal Material Scientist, Packaging Innovation in Plano, TX at Keurig Dr Pepper

Date Posted: 7/29/2020

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Job Description

This Senior Technical Leadership role within Research and Development enables Keurig Dr Pepper to delight consumers with Packaging for Innovation and Sustainability across core brands, existing pipelines, and new platforms.  You will be a natural collaborator, with experience in emerging packaging technologies, material research and development, and commercialization to inspire teams and management on the framing and execution of future technologies. This role positions Keurig Dr Pepper to develop and commercialize new packaging technologies in collaboration with internal and external partners to delight our consumers and customers.

This important and impactful role within Packaging Innovation enables Keurig Dr. Pepper to deliver the most Innovative and Sustainable Packaging to partners, customers, and consumers. The Principal Material Scientist will:

  1. Through scientific method and technical excellence, develop new Packaging Material technologies across Bottle, Can, Pouch, and Flexible pack formats to meet Consumer, Quality, and Cost metrics
  2. Scout and Develop Packaging material technologies, in close collaboration with Procurement, Supply Chain, R&D, and Marketing
  3. Advance our business priorities through technical excellence and leadership, fueling our Innovation agenda and meeting or exceeding our Sustainability commitments

The Principal Material Scientist is responsible and accountable for Packaging Material Technology development related to the Beverage Pack portfolio. The position will focus on material scouting, technology mapping, and translating new-age materials to the KDP Packaging portfolio across Bottle, Paperboard, Flexible Film, and other various material structures. There will be strong emphasis on cross-functional collaboration to develop the Material Technology and Business Case for commercialization and launch.


  • Develop Packaging technology solutions across Polymers, Biopolymers, Compostable, Post Consumer Recyclable (PCR) and execute across Bottle, Can, Pouch, Flexible, and Paper/Fiber packaging formats
  • Execute proof-of-concept experiments by conducting product-package interaction studies, and sample characterization. Conduct benchmark studies of material candidates, compositions, material structures, and concepts. Scale-up feasible concepts for production testing and commercialization.
  • Lead co-development of new Packaging materials with Suppliers, Start-ups, and Universities, based on business needs, challenges, consumer insights and brand vision
  • Partner with internal stakeholders to develop holistic business case proposals for new Packaging material technologies through Desirability, Viability, and Feasibility lens
  • Understand consumers, customers, and competitors & translate needs to key technical deliverables on Sustainability and Innovation projects
  • Create and manage timelines, actions plans, reports, and presentations for key stakeholder and business updates
  • Effectively educate, coach, and mentor internal stakeholders and peers on packaging material technologies
  • Map and monitor industry research developments and trends, scientific literature and IP especially in Bio-polymers, Flexibles, and Post Consumer Recyclable (PCR) to identify opportunities for partnerships and lead KDPs material technology development
  • Develop Intellectual Property to protect material science developments and competitive advantage for KDP
  • Positively influence and engage in a creative, performance driven culture





  • Bachelors and Masters in Material Science, Polymer Chemistry/Science, Plastics Engineering, or Chemical Engineering. PhD is plus.
  • 5+ years in the field focusing on material development with concentration in polymers, biopolymers, and new innovative packaging materials
  • Experience with chemical development, processing, and thermoplastics application
  • Experience with thermoset, injection, & stretch blow molding applications.
  • Experience working with Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG) and food/beverage a plus
  • Additional experience with hot fill, cold fill, retort and aseptic packaging a plus.
  • Strong track record of championing innovation and sustainable packaging within organizations
  • Successfully executed programs from idea, concept development, testing, validation to market commercialization
  • Strong business acumen, technical development skills, and understanding of industry
  • Ability to travel is required




  • Ability to manage ambiguity and complex problems. Create solution paths reflecting a range of sustainable, functional, and technically feasible options.
  • Able to connect and integrate packaging objectives with other functional priorities such as Supply Chain, Engineering, and Marketing
  • Self-motivated, takes initiative; positively influence others
  • Highly collaborative with strong problem solving skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Change readiness, resiliency and flexibility to thrive in a constantly-changing and fast moving organization


Company Overview & EEO Statement

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.

Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Candidates must be able to pass a background check and drug test, as applicable for the role