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Lab Technician

Taste Modulation Technician – Niles, IL

Imbibe is a leading beverage product development & ingredient supply partner supporting customers that range from entrepreneurs to top CPG and foodservice brands.

Imbibe is seeking a lab Technician or Compounder to join the Taste Modulation team. If you enjoy being in the lab and have experience with supporting the R&D team in the development of new, innovative beverages – We want to talk to you!

This person will be involved in batching beverage products and flavor formulas, taking analytical data, and helping maintain inventory of raw materials.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist developers as needed.
  • Batch up and package multiple test variables of beverage products and/or flavors to aid the new product development process. Record formula, process and product data for pilot plant runs and customer samples.
  • Independently run processing machines and techniques from bench top to pilot plant scale such as: Hot Filling, Spray Drying, Homogenization, Forced Carbonation, High shear mixers, etc.
  • Follow batching instructions provided by developers to batch flavors or finished beverages.
  • Gather analytical information; including specific gravity and flashpoints of flavors, and confirm beverages meet quality requirements such as pH, TA, Brix, Water Activity, and particle size.
  • Manage shelf-life testing activities for assigned projects. Schedule evaluation, set-up product samples, record data, and summarize results/trends.
  • Support the bottling, labeling, and shipping efforts to ensure new product samples are successfully delivered to our customers.
  • Follow all Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines during the production of beverage products. This includes properly cleaning and organizing all work areas and wearing all proper food safety and personal protective equipment.


Qualification and Requirements:

  • High School Graduate or GED required
  • Experience in a Food manufacturing production facility or laboratory is strongly preferred
  • Team player willing to do what it takes to support the development and launch of new products on tight timelines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to adapt to the changing needs of the lab
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to lift to 30 lbs.
  • Strong math skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software products including Outlook, Excel and Word


Why Imbibe?

Imbibe is the leading innovator in the beverage industry – we set the standard! 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 www.imbibeinc.com.

Want to be a part of a growing team? Good idea. Here are some of the top reasons to work with Imbibe:

Full Time Healthcare 

You are eligible for healthcare packages after 30 days of employment. All healthcare plans are Affordable Care Act compliant, and we have several plans to meet a variety of needs!

Industry Expertise 

Simply put, we are beverage experts. Our industry focus gives us a greater degree of insight into the beverage and flavor world!


We have a 40,000 sq. ft. facility that houses state of the art equipment, labs and a pilot plant.

Friendly Culture 

At Imbibe, in addition to your job, you’ll have opportunities to step away and challenge a coworker to a game of ping pong or visit at the custom beverage bar. People should like where they work, and we strive to provide an environment that fosters creativity and friendship.

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