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Specialist, Product Development

Constellation Brands

Acampo, CA

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Company Summary

If you have taken a moment to unwind with a bottle of beer, toast with glass of wine, or celebrate with a cocktail, chances are that you have shared that moment with Constellation Brands. We are passionate producers of iconic beer, wine and spirits brands that consumers love. From Corona Extra and Modelo all the way to Robert Mondavi Wines and High West Whiskey, produce over 100 premium brands with sales in nearly 100 countries, making us the number one multi-category beverage alcohol company in the U.S.

Job Description

Constellation Brands is a bold and consumer-obsessed organization that is constantly searching for what's next and has built an innovation organization that has a mandate to creatively challenge the status quo with breakthrough premium products and experiences that impact consumer behavior in surprising and delightful ways while having a meaningful contribution on the growth trajectory.

With this in mind, the scientist, new product development will play a critical role driving the development of new beverage platforms for wine, spirits, beer and emerging beverage categories. Reporting to the Director, Head of US New product development, the NPD scientist will play a critical role in supporting Constellation's innovation agenda by creating & managing all technical aspects of new product development projects from concept to launch including prototype development, direct formulation trials, supplier relationship management, stability testing, regulatory reviews, and partnership with cross functional teams through the scale up process. This role is part of our broader innovation organization which is made up of innovation focused teams of marketers, developers, insights experts, and project managers. With this in mind, we are looking for someone who is passionate about beverage science and excited about the process of contributing to Constellation's future business by creating products that consumers will love.

Ideal Profile: Hands-on scientist with a background is Wine & Spirits or any kind of beverage is highly preferable.

Job description:

Core Product Development Activities
* Lead the formulation, prototype development, shelf-life testing, and transition for scale up of new products in the area of, but not limited to, flavored wines + spirits, beer, hard seltzers, RTD cocktails, and other emerging beverage alcohol categories
* Build & maintain an ingredient (spirits/juices) & flavor library working with vendors to aid rapid prototyping; Build a portfolio of vendors in each category above
* Interact with Winemaking, Distillers, Innovation and Emerging Categories to determine the appropriate base material(s) to use for prototype products based on project specifications, availability and tax savings opportunities (spirits)
* Collaborate with sensory studies to develop shelf-life protocols, plan & establish shelf life
* Coordinate pkg corrosion testing, and nutritional's to prepare finished product specs
* Actively participate in consumer research plans for products; Working knowledge of sensory methodologies and interpretation of results desired
* Collaborate with Marketing and innovation teams to refine product brief
* Establish & verify new product design and specifications for new products upon execution in respective manufacturing plant(s)
* Work in close collaboration with other R&D sites to learn & share knowledge/best practices
* Network with internal/external stakeholders for enhanced ingredients, technologies & training
* Troubleshoot product/process problems as required in the laboratory during product development process and winery scale-up
* Support NPD R&D laboratory upkeep and maintenance
* Serve as product development lead in cross functional project team meetings.

Regulatory Activities
* Strong knowledge of natural, organic and certifications desired
* Support laboratory compliance with respect to beer, wine and spirits licensing besides accurate maintenance of spirits/wine/beer use records for tax filings
* Lab bench work and pilot plant work as needed
* Maintain accurate, up to date records, hardwired or digital lab notebooks
* Working knowledge of alcohol regulations for new innovation initiatives
* Collaborate upfront with regulatory/legal departments to ensure compliance and vet product development timeline and testing/sourcing options
* Support product formula filings with TTB and develop accurate FDA labels as applicable
* Track budget on own projects & company issued P-card tracking and reporting for lab spend

* M.S degree in Food Science desired (or Bachelors w/significant experience)
* 3+ years in product development for the consumer product or flavor industry
* Curious & passionate about the world of food and beverage product development
* Stay solution focused while maintaining an innovators mindset asking 'why not' and 'what would it take'?. while driving technical rigor within teams
* Strong word processing, spreadsheet, database management abilities
* Self-starter, multitasker and a learning mindset
* Good communication skills, both verbal and written to non-technical audience
* Goal oriented individual with track record of executional excellence
* Motivated & collaborative problem solver with a record of delivering results in a matrix org
* Previous appreciated experience: Beverage, flavors or related products

Physical requirements
* Ability to sit for long periods of time when performing administrative duties
* Ability to stand for long periods of time when performing product development duties
* Ability to lift 50 pounds
* Corporate travel up to 25% of the time

Acampo, California

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Job Type
Full time

Job Area
Operations and Production

The salary range for this role is:
$76,800.00 - $115,100.00

This is the lowest to highest salary we in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the

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Job Posted:
Sunday, September 17th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Job Level:
$76,8OO.OO ‍−‌ $115,1OO.OO
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