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Senior Principal Scientist

Frisco, Texas Job ID 88085 Job Category Research & Development Job Level Sr Manager Position Type Full-Time

The Senior Principal Toxicologist is a Frisco, TX based role that leads and manages day-to-day activities in toxicology at Keurig Dr Pepper, to enable KDP to innovate and commercialize safe food and beverages for every need. This role works side-by-side with Quality, Nutrition, Chemistry, Regulatory, Packaging Innovation, and Legal. The Senior Principal Toxicologist plays a key role in the product and packaging development process of all our food and beverage categories through application of toxicology science, consumption data and risk assessment. We are looking for a team member who is collaborative, high-performance team-oriented, and able to apply technical and academic excellence across our food and beverage portfolio.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Establish and effectively execute department strategies to support world class competency in toxicology.
  • Lead risk assessment for finished product, ingredients, and packaging and contribute to thought leadership on the application of established toxicology methods.
  • Help assure business success through the appropriate application of toxicological assessment to innovation, product application, food safety and productivity initiatives.
  • Go-to expert for internal and external legal counsel with science-based risk assessment of ingredients and food contact materials.
  • Ensure the highest standards in quality and regulatory compliance.
  • Drive the GRAS safety determination process for expanded use of ingredients and food contact materials.
  • Understand the industry’s toxicology current and future concerns by staying abreast of external regulatory changes.
  • Excellent ability in using statistical analysis and data science tools in decision making.
  • Understand the business and product categories and seamlessly work cross-functionally.
  • Consistently use independent judgement to make decisions and risk assessment.
  • Confidently serve as the scientific expert representing KDP working with outside organizations, committees, and other assignments. Review and comment on toxicology studies, design studies, and submit proposals.
  • Develop and monitor budget.


  • Minimum: PhD in toxicology, must be Board Certified (DABT).
  • 10+ years of relevant industry experience, food or beverage background preferred.
  • Experience in Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART) preferred.
  • Recognized authority within the field.
  • Exceptional willingness and propensity for collaboration, relationship & team building.
  • Independently define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and confidently support them when challenged.
  • Exceptional communication, influence, and external presence skills
  • Willingness to travel up to 15 %

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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