Sr. Beverage Scientist - Technical Lead in Chicago IL

CPS, Inc. (Food & Beverage Division)
Sr. Beverage Scientist - Technical Lead
Job ID: 
Chicago IL
140,000 - 150,000
Job Types:
Food Technol/Scientist
Employment Type:
Full Time

Sr. Beverage Scientist – Technical Lead

The Sr. Beverage Scientist – Technical Lead will provide technical support to new or existing customers to promote sales growth of company ingredients.  This position requires a technical professional with at least 5-10 years of experience in the food industry with knowledge of food systems and ingredient functionality.

Having a strong background / knowledge in areas such as dairy, sauces, dressings, yogurts, etc. will absolutely be considered as well.  The candidate must have strong communication and interpersonal skills and be comfortable working in a fast-paced, customer-centric environment.  Contribution is measured through quality growth in the technical project pipeline and conversion of technical opportunities to sales.  Responsible for travel to customer locations for presentations, consultations, pilot trials, and ongoing project support.


  • Penetrate and build relationship with key technical decision makers leading to new opportunities and projects.  Present new product ideas and technologies to existing and potential customers
  • Use ingredient knowledge within categories or applications to support customer projects.  Perform hands-on lab work to diagnose and solve customer issues as well as develop new prototypes and applications that highlight or elucidate ingredient performance
  • Lead customer technical projects and provide / resource technical expertise to address customers’ technical issues.  Develop technical account plans with Sales to pursue and close these opportunities
  • Develop and foster relationships with contacts in industry to build recognition for company ingredients / technologies
  • Work cross functionally within company (e.g., Research, Applications, Analytical, Product Management, etc.) to ensure customer performance goals are met
  • Work collaboratively with Sales Account Managers to bring internal campaigns and product launches for customer relevant opportunities that deliver annual operating plans aligned with company SFI NOAM
  • Contribute market intelligence / trends within category or application
  • Ability to travel – 20-35% (combination road and air)

Technical Qualifications:

  • BS degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred but bachelor’s degree with the extensive beverage experience will be considered.  Science majors considered include Food Science (preferred), Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with food emphasis may be applicable
  • 5-10 years of experience in the food industry.  Food formulation experience and ingredient functionality required with specific experience in beverage applications is a plus but not required; liquid / emulsion / dairy / experience is helpful, however, if not beverage
  • Ability to navigate a matrixed environment and build strong relationships with internal peers, sales and marketing and customers
  • Good problem-solving skills and quick decision-making capability
  • Interest in developing market knowledge by category or application to communicate customer needs to internal departments
  • Outstanding communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • An exhibited dedication to safety and commitment to making safety a number one priority

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

JO:  570.22KO

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