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Associate Scientist

Burlington, Massachusetts Job ID 99333 Job Category Research & Development Job Level Individual Contributor Position Type Full-Time

Come join a creative team of scientists on the forefront of beverage and appliance innovation! This team is dedicated to growing the category by pushing the boundaries of system development to deliver and satisfy every consumer need. Over 10 years ago, the coffee industry was revolutionized with the launch of the Keurig brewing system, allowing consumers to brew one cup of coffee on demand. Now with the power of Keurig Dr Pepper, join a new challenger in the beverage industry and let’s discover the possibilities!

This important role within Beverage R&D enables Keurig Dr Pepper to maximize the impact of the Keurig system synergy (beverage, pod, and appliance) to partners, customers, and consumers. The Associate Scientist will:

  1. Lead Breakthrough Beverage Development driving new technologies as part of the innovation funnel
  2. Generate ideas for beverage and system innovation working with consumer insights, marketing, and appliance teams
  3. Act as a key Beverage R&D representative assuring beverage requirements and quality considerations are included in Appliance and Beverage Innovation
  4. Advances the business by strengthening collaboration between R&D and Innovation teams, while driving consumer led innovation with sound scientific method and technical excellence


This role is multifaceted, and will balance hands on formulation, product and process research on related enabling technologies, project management, participation/support in consumer science analysis and interpretation, experimental test method development, data analysis, and intense collaboration with cross-functional teams, specifically marketing, processing, and packaging teams.

Responsibilities include:

  • Drive development for new beverages and systems against the innovation pipeline
  • Effectively collaborate with external partners to drive technical research
  • Rapid prototype generation and testing (physical, analytical, sensorial attributes); data recording and analysis; create and maintain specifications; maintain lab equipment
  • Development of experimental plans with appliance, packaging and manufacturing teams to test new technologies, assess feasibility and consumer test new ideas
  • Create and drive timelines, actions plans, reports, and presentations to manage and communicate progress on a given initiative
  • Educate cross functional partners on technical and scientific principles as necessary
  • Represent beverage technical considerations including quality, sensory characteristics, stability, food safety, manufacturability, and functionality in appliance, package and manufacturing initiatives- prepare and deliver effective recommendations
  • Active participant in innovation brainstorm sessions as well as funnel current and developing trends to project teams
  • Positively influence and engage in a creative, performance driven culture

Ensure high performance results of your team by:

  • Fostering a culture of trust and wellbeing that prioritizes the team and values employee contributions.
  • Driving a shared vision with clear goals and accountability, supported by regular conversations to maximize talent.
  • Embracing diverse perspectives to foster innovation, learning from both successes and failures.
  • Establishing a safe environment where team members are motivated, heard, and aligned with clear expectations.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science or engineering discipline; Beverage experience, coffee and/or powder experience a bonus
  • 2+ years of professional experience; Consumer Packaged Goods experience preferred
  • Proficiency in understanding sensory and consumer sciences, consumer insights, as well as Good Lab and Manufacturing Practices, and Food Safety Regulatory Standards
  • Adequate business orientation; ability to ask relevant questions, understand business case and consumer proposition
  • Strong team player; experience in bringing teams/individuals together to deliver projects; strong thought and executional leadership



  • Ability to balance a few diverse projects and responsibilities at a time
  • Self-motivated, takes initiative, influencing skills
  • Highly collaborative communication and strong presentation skills
  • Ability to rapidly learn new skills with minimal direction
  • Ability to synthesize a vision/mission into tangible ideas that win with consumers
  • Change readiness, resiliency and flexibility to thrive in a constantly-changing and fast moving organization



  • On-site Gym, Cafeteria and Specialty Coffee Bar
  • Employee discount on coffee and appliances

Company Overview

Keurig Dr Pepper (NASDAQ: KDP) is a leading beverage company in North America, with a portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partners brands and powerful distribution capabilities to provide a beverage for every need, anytime, anywhere. We operate with a differentiated business model and world-class brand portfolio, powered by a talented and engaged team that is anchored in our values. We work with big, exciting beverage brands and the #1 single-serve coffee brewing system in North America at KDP, and we have fun doing it! 
Together, we have built a leading beverage company in North America offering hot and cold beverages together at scale. Whatever your area of expertise, at KDP you can be a part of a team that’s proud of its brands, partnerships, innovation, and growth. Will you join us? 
We strive to be an employer of choice, providing a culture and opportunities that empower our team of ~28,000 employees to grow and develop.  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 is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability or association with a person with a disability, medical condition, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


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