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Beverage Formulations Manager - Remote Opportunity

Company: BevSource
Location: Austin
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Position Overview: As a Formulation Manager, you bring our client beverage ideas to life by being the consultant who manages the product development of their beverage formula. You are the Voice of the Client with our flavor house and ingredient partners; the Formulation Manager explores innovative functional ingredients, flavors, and current beverage trends to provide expert insights and advice to BevSource clients.

**Position is a remote opportunity within the United States.**

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions) :
Develop, maintain, and utilize beverage industry knowledge - be the expert!
Manage formulation of beverages based on SOW requirements
Develop targeted project brief and review scale-up and commercialization requirements, clearly clarifying and documenting restrictions and managing client's expectations
Manage relationships with flavor and ingredient houses
Identify flavor and ingredient partners for each project, share project brief, and establish time-lines to coordinate samples and prototypes
Develop and procure premixes, colors, and other raw materials from ingredient company partners for beverage projects according to specified requirements (i.e. claims, nutritionals, regulatory, marketing, organoleptic profile, etc.)
Ensure all deadlines are met for the successful completion of projects
Serve as a technical, scientific, and basic-regulatory advisor to clients
Communicate opportunities to improve product quality, shelf-life, or cost of goods based on knowledge of ingredient alternatives and trade-off decisions in the market
Travel to flavor and ingredient companies to facilitate on-site prototyping sessions to finalize formulations as needed
Support Project Managers, Client Success Managers, and Supply Chain Managers with commercialization processes for production set-up of new and existing formulas
Recommend commercial batching procedures, and analyze process authority letters to establish specification targets
Travel to copackers to provide production support
Utilize MRP/ERP/PM software and systems effectively
Organize and maintain client files, specifications, regulatory documents, and other records
Support a culture of continuous improvement
Participate in the BevSource EOS Vision / Traction focus, discipline, and accountability process
Other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Skills:
Bachelor's degree in Food Science or related scientific field
5+ years minimum experience in beverage R&D, or applications, technical-service / technical-sales of beverage flavors, colors, functional ingredients, etc.
Expert in RTD beverage formulation development, ingredient functionality, ingredient/chemistry interactions, sensory evaluation, stability testing, microbiology, and processing as it relates to product commercialization
Product development knowledge of most beverage types: juice, tea, functional beverages, CSDs, beer, spirits, cider, malt-based beverages, hard seltzers, other fermented beverages, dairy, non-dairy alternatives, dry-mix beverages, etc. preferred.
Proven track record of successful product launches
Experience in working with a team in a client services, consulting environment preferred
Strong experimental excellence and well-developed communication and collaboration skills
Strong understanding of beverage industry standards of quality, food safety and compliance regulations including: FDA, USDA, TTB, Organic, Kosher, Gluten Free, etc.
Ability to discuss challenging product development options, formulation trade-offs in regards to: processing, scale-up, commercial feasibility, claims, and compliance, etc.
Strategic thinker with ability to build effective plans to support innovative initiatives
The ability to plan, design prototypes, problem solve, and set priorities
Ability to learn new products and processes quickly
Enthusiasm for research and formulating/improving beverages
Detail-oriented, with a strong ability to review documentation for accuracy, completeness, and compliance
Ability to work with a sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment
Self-directed and hard-working
Energetic and Enthusiastic with a willingness to learn and grow within the company
Willingness and flexibility to travel up to 15% of the time (international travel may be required) and ability to work nights and weekends when traveling

Keywords: BevSource, Austin , Beverage Formulations Manager - Remote Opportunity, Hospitality & Tourism , Austin, Texas

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