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Principal Scientist - Plant Based Food & Beverage

  • Posted: 15 Sep 2021
  • Research & Innovation
  • Broomfield
  • United States

About the job

About the Job: Everyone on our Research & Innovation team shares a passion for innovation, new process, new formulations, new packaging and new ways of thinking. By joining this team, you will use your scientific and technologic expertise to bring health through food, meet the needs of consumers and nurture growth in the business.

We are currently looking to hire a Principal Scientist based in Louisville, Colorado


In this role, you will be responsible for:

  •  Supporting the global expansion of Danone’s Plant Based Food & Beverage business through technical leadership, product and process design support, and ingredient functionality mastery.
  • Work closely with procurement, engineering, and our supplier base to identify potential innovation, renovation, and productivity opportunities
  • Work closely with ingredient and equipment vendors to generate new ideas for productivity, product improvements, and new products while ensuring process capability
  • Deliver nutritional breakthroughs, protectable technologies and great tasting, superior category innovations through expanded technical expertise in plant protein chemistry, protein extraction, and emulsion sciences
  • Discover trends and technologies to develop the next generation of products in new and adjacent plant-based food categories
  • Develop product formulas, processing procedures, product, and raw material specifications to develop superior products that support business objectives
  • Independently plan and execute bench, pilot, and plant trials for new and improved products, analyze test results and effectively translate these into effective next steps that lead to project successes

The base compensation range for this position is $98,000-146,000 (commensurate with experience). Danone North America additionally offers a performance-based bonus and has a strong benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription Drug Coverage, 401k Plan, Wellness Program, Life Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Time Off, and Paid Parental Bonding Leave, among other benefit plan options.

About you


About You:

  • Master’s Degree in Food Science, Plant Protein Chemistry, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or closely related field preferred (PhD preferred) with 10+ years of experience in product development in the food industry.
  • Strong technical skills on product formulation, industrial processes, ingredient functionality, and product-process interactions; preferred in-depth knowledge on dairy and non-dairy protein and functional ingredient technologies.
  • Knowledgeable in natural and clean label ingredient selection, formulation, processing equipment, and operating conditions
  • Extensive technical and theoretical knowledge of plant protein science and manufacturing processes
  • Strong project management/organization and leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) and the ability to interact with all company functions including R&D, Marketing, Purchasing and Operations
  • Comfortable and passionate about creating, rapid prototyping, development, and commercialization of ideas under tight timelines.

About us

About Us:

At Danone North America, you’ll work with some of the best-known food and beverage brands in the world like Activia, Silk, Horizon Organic, Two Good, Oikos, evian, and Happy Family. You’ll be part of one of the largest Certified B Corps™ in the world, working together to make sure our brands create real benefits for people, communities, and the planet. We have 6,000+ employees across the U.S. and Canada. Come join our movement for a healthier world: One Planet. One Health BY YOU.


Danone North America doesn’t just welcome what makes you unique, we value it. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We recruit, employ, train and promote regardless of race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other protected status. Faithful to our values of openness and humanism, all of our employees share in the commitment to engage one another with dignity and respect. http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf