Senior Beverage Scientist

Title: Senior Beverage Scientist
Location: Niles, IL
Reports to: Director of R&D

The Company:

Imbibe is a leading innovator in the beverage industry. Our clients benefit from our holistic approach to product development where we engineer every beverage from the bottom up. We design custom components, such as ingredient blends, flavors and finished beverages for every project. Imbibe combines a powerful synergy of innovation, technical expertise and dedication to ensure our clients never settle for anything but the best. To learn more about us, check out our website at

The Position:

Imbibe is seeking an experienced Senior Beverage Scientist to join our Product Development Team.  The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in the industry developing and launching beverage products and be able to serve as a strong technical mentor to our talented team of R&D professionals.  We are looking for a new teammate with an in-depth knowledge of the industry and a demonstrated track record of seeking out and leveraging new ingredients, technologies and creative product development solutions and applying them to successfully commercialized products.  We are looking for a true technical leader with a passion for working on the bench and a keen interest in staying abreast of the latest technologies and trends in the industry.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work together with R&D teammates to design best in class product formulations that exceed the expectations of our customers
  • Design formulations and manufacturing instructions resulting in products that meet the specific organoleptic, stability, nutritional and regulatory demands of our customers
  • Leverage experience and knowledge of manufacturing processes and scale-up theory to lead scale-up and commercialization efforts on new beverage product launches
  • Serve as a technical mentor to our talented team of product developers
  • Conduct new ingredient & technology scouting to ensure the R&D team is on the cutting edge in the industry
  • Design & execute proactive research projects to develop unique technical solutions for the company

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Food or Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Food or Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Minimum of 10 years of food and/or beverage industry experience
  • Substantial experience in the development and launch of beverage products beyond simple prototype development. Must understand the impact of plant processing on beverages and be able to design formulations accordingly
  • A strong teammate willing to work together on the bench with our Flavor Chemists to design optimal beverage & flavor formulations
  • Self-motivated with the ability to lead project teams and programs with minimal guidance from leadership
  • Ability to adapt to the changing needs of the lab
  • Deep knowledge of ingredients and potential uses
  • Strong communication skills. Must have the ability to confidently communicate complex technical information to customers as well as colleagues
  • Ability to successfully handle high project load in a fast paced environment with quickly changing priorities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the alcohol industry a plus
  • Desire to stay on the technical path and serve as an individual contributor, mentor and internal technical expert strongly preferred

Hours and Compensation:

8:00 – 5:00 at Imbibe’s Headquarters
Compensation will vary based on experience & skill level

How to apply:

Please send e-mail titled “Senior Beverage Scientist” with cover letter and resume to

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