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Associate Scientist

Frisco, Texas Job ID 97813 Job Category Research & Development Job Level Individual Contributor Position Type Full-Time

Job Overview

The Associate Sensory Scientist will use his/her knowledge of sensory science to deliver research for innovation and renovation initiatives, as well as participate in the development of sensory and consumer capabilities. The individual will interact extensively with Product Development, Marketing, Sales, Quality, Regulatory, Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, and External Customers to deliver business objectives.

The Associate Sensory Scientist will be responsible for leading an internal descriptive panel and independently analyzing the data and presenting findings to various audiences The Associate Sensory Scientist will support to design the research plan, determine appropriate sensory and consumer research methodologies, coordinate tests, analyze and interpret experimental data and provide technical recommendations, reporting results orally and in written documentation in a timely manner. He/she will ensure products are well optimized and deliver on the targeted key parameters.

Position Accountabilities

  • Lead an internal Descriptive Analysis panel - This includes all aspects of panel management including but not limited to descriptive language development, training, calibrating panel members, providing instructive feedback to the panel in general and to individuals, analyzing data, and presenting results to cross functional team
  • With support from team, delivers sensory research within R&D, meeting business objectives, driving standards, consistency and ensuring excellence in research.
  • Provides feedback to appropriate cross functional team members and customers; reports findings and communicates next steps to team members with manager supervision. Actively participates in project team meetings as required and ensures delivery of commitments and project milestones.
  • Independently deliver sensory experiments/tasks.
  • Creates research plans to fit overall business priorities and objectives, applies design of experiments to sensory tests, and interprets statistical analysis of the results of sensory test with manager or mentor’s guidance.
  • Generates high quality, robust, compliant data, and reports. Supports improvement of standardized sensory practices, protocols, and processes across various functions of the organization. Performs comprehensive, sophisticated, and critical evaluation of own data and data from other scientists.
  • Works closely with other Sensory Scientists and works effectively with various functions of R&D (Ingredients, Nutrition, Regulatory, Flavor Technology, Chemistry, Process Engineering, and Technical Services)
  • Manages projects within a cross-functional team consisting of members across various departments of KDP (R&D, Marketing, Supply Chain, Sales)
  • Communicates clearly and concisely to audiences with a wide range of understanding of Sensory Science.
  • Be able to effectively prioritize work and manage through complexity and ambiguity
  • Demonstrate flexibility and resilience in adapting to changing business needs and priorities
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion
  • A successful candidate will exhibit a passion for innovation

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


  • BS degree from an accredited university (e.g. Food Science, Sensory Science, etc.) AND/OR MS degree from an accredited university (e.g. Food Science, etc.) a Plus
  • 1-2 years of Sensory field experience in a related function within food/beverage (R&D, Quality), CPG internship / co-op, or commensurate advanced education
  • 1-2 years of experience utilizing sensory research software (i.e. Compusense, FIZZ, JMP) preferred
  • Expert practitioner in Sensory Science with proven scientific expertise including knowledge of
  • Beverage industry experience (especially in coffee) preferred
  • Willingness to travel up to 20%



  • Fluent in discrimination, descriptive and consumer test methods and experience in applying experimental design and statistics to sensory research
  • Highly collaborative, self-motivated, takes initiative; positively influence others
  • Strong technical and executional skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Change readiness, resiliency, and flexibility to thrive in a constantly changing and fast-moving organization

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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