Product Development Scientist in Plano, TX at Keurig Dr Pepper

Date Posted: 1/13/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Come join a creative team of scientists and engineers on the forefront of beverage development, innovation, and value creation! This team is dedicated to delivering beverages that win with consumers, and beat the completion every time. 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 and impactful role within Beverage R&D enables Keurig Dr. Pepper to deliver the best possible beverage to partners, customers, and consumers at the right value. The Product development scientist II will:

  1. Through sound scientific method and technical excellence, formulate and design coffee and hot beverages for quality, cost, and performance
  2. Generate ideas for beverage innovation, in close collaboration with consumer insights, marketing, and procurement
  3. Advance the business through technical excellence ensuring all aspects meet or exceed the quality and product performance requirements within a managed timeline and cost objective.


This role is multifaceted, and will balance hands on beverage formulation, project management, participation/support in consumer science analysis and interpretation, experimental test method development, data analysis, and intense collaboration with cross-functional teams, specifically brand marketing and coffee sourcing and trading


  • Support a wide range of development activities from concept development and prototype generation to pilot plant and plant scale up for coffee and hot beverages
  • Develop experimental plans to test consumer perception and product stability of formulations
  • Source and develop new ingredients and beverage processing solutions for innovation and/or cost savings
  • Commercialize and scale beverage product from pilot to full scale manufacturing
  • Create and drive timelines, actions plans, reports, and presentations to communicate progress and manage risk
  • Manage and lead complex projects and play a leading role in team meetings, project updates, and brainstorm sessions with project teams
  • Represent beverage technical considerations including quality, sensory characteristics, stability, food safety, manufacturability, and appliance functionality
  • Partner with cross functional business teams to deliver strategy; provide technical subject matter expertise and foundational product knowledge
  • Positively influence and engage in a creative, performance driven culture



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, or Engineering discipline. Beverage concentration experience, coffee and/or dairy beverage formulation experience highly desired/preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in product development in the innovation space; CPG, foods and beverages, experience preferred
  • Ability to understand and interpret consumer sensory data, and provide recommendations
  • Understand Good Lab and Manufacturing Practices, and Food Safety Regulatory Standards
  • Adequate business orientation; ability to ask relevant questions, understand business case and consumer proposition
  • Independent and collaborative, able to drive R&D initiatives across many diverse teams
  • Strong team player; experience in bringing teams/individuals together to deliver projects; strong thought and executional leadership


  • Ability to manage diverse projects at a time
  • Self-motivated, takes initiative; positively influence others
  • Highly collaborative
  • 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.