Senior Flavor Chemist

Title: Senior Flavor Chemist
Location: Niles, IL
Reports to: Director of Flavor Team

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 we work on, Imbibe combines a powerful synergy of innovation, technical expertise and dedication to ensure our clients never settle for anything but the best.

The Position:

Imbibe is seeking an experienced Senior Flavor Chemist to join our Flavor Innovation team. The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in the flavor & beverage industries and be able to serve as a strong technical mentor to our talented team of Flavorists-in-training and other R&D professionals. We are looking for a teammate with a true passion for the industry and a demonstrated track record of seeking out new ingredients, technologies and other creative solutions and applying them to new flavor development. The ideal candidate will help take our flavor team to the next level in terms of technical understanding and creative flavor development capabilities.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work together with Product Development teammates to design best in class beverage and flavor formulations that exceed the expectations of our customers
  • Develop custom flavor formulations for specific beverage projects
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on raw materials, regulations, spray drying and beverage flavor emulsions
  • Integrate a thorough technical understanding of flavor raw materials into the design, quality and stability of flavor systems
  • Develop brand new flavor formulations to enable continued expansion of Imbibe’s flavor library
  • Identify flavor trends in the market place and deliver corresponding great tasting flavors
  • Ensure Imbibe’s Flavor Innovation team is on the cutting edge of ingredients & technologies in the flavor industry by leading a new technology scouting effort
  • Anticipate, trouble shoot and resolve problems with raw materials and flavor systems
  • Work with cross functional teams including sales, purchasing and production to transition flavors from R&D to production
  • Serve as a mentor and trainer for 5 Flavorists-in-training at varying experience levels

Qualification and Requirements:

  • Certified Senior Flavor Chemist
  • Minimum of 10 years of industry experience
  • Involvement in the development and launch of beverage products beyond simple prototype development. Must understand the impact of plant processing on flavors and beverages and be able to design formulations accordingly
  • A strong teammate, willing to work together on the bench with our Beverage Scientists 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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing flavors for the alcohol industry a plus
  • Desire to remain on the technical path, serving as an in-house technical expert, mentor and coach rather than a people manager is 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 “Imbibe Senior Flavor Chemist” with resume to jobs@imbibeinc.com.