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Principal Performance Engineer

Chicago, Illinois Job ID 98662 Job Category Engineering/Technology Job Level Manager Position Type Full-Time

Currently, we are seeking qualified candidates for a Principal Performance Engineer position to join our Hot Beverage Appliance team at Chicago Office.

Reporting to the Subsystems director, the lead engineer will be responsible for performance attribute delivery for coffee brewing, designing cycles and hydraulic systems including pumps, valves and hoses for brewers. They will work closely with consumer scientists, controls engineers, and hydraulics engineers to deliver performance requirements. The successful candidate will be joining a talented team of individuals developing Keurig next generation platforms.

What you will do:

  • Research, design and development of brewing technologies that create a compelling value proposition for our customers and our business.
  • Setup and conduct data acquisition, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Actively participate in technical project reviews
  • Develop learning plans and communicate results to leadership
  • Request and coordinate lab and model shop requests
  • Conduct detailed design reviews of your designs
  • Leverage a broad technical expertise across electrical, mechanical, software, and connected systems. 
  • Identify knowledge gaps and develop learning plans to address them.
  • Conduct design of experiments and apply statistics to assess system robustness.
  • Create sub-system and component FMEAs, create and analyze fault-trees and work on plans to mitigate technical risks.
  • Follow all Keurig Dr Pepper policies and procedures. 

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, Microbiology, or a related field (advanced degree preferred). 
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in food safety, quality assurance, or related roles. 
  • A deep understanding of World Class Quality organizations and standards. 
  • Strong working knowledge of FDA, USDA, Codex, WHO, EFSA, Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and other relevant regulations. 
  • Experience in managing food safety programs across multiple sites. 
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills. 
  • Proven track record of exceptional results in team development and continuous improvement. 
  • Ability to regularly travel for business; work a flexible schedule as needed; and travel for other business needs. 

Company Overview

Keurig Dr Pepper (NASDAQ: KDP) is a modern beverage company with a bold vision built to deliver growth and opportunity.  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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