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Senior Application Scientist - Brewing

Food and FMCG

Kent £40k – £45k + Bonus
permanent Job Ref: 6844


 A growing beverage manufacturer has an exciting opportunity for Senior Application Scientist to join its team. Your focus will be on the field of hops/brewing science & technology. You will drive technical projects and be involved from project design, recipe formulation to up-scale trials, through to NPI commercialization/roll-out. To be considered, you will have significant experience as a beverage application scientist in the flavour or beverage industry. Any experience in the brewing industry will be an advantage.

The Role:

The Senior Hop Application Technologist is a key role within the Technical team to provide direct support to the R&D, Applications and Education pillars, under the supervision of the Technical Manager/Director. This role will drive technical projects and be involved from project design, recipe formulation to up-scale trials, and NPI commercialization/roll-out; act proactively as team player within cross-functional teams; be adaptable to customer requirements and develop cost effective solutions. As expert in hop/brewing science, you will generate patented IP, participate in annual industry/science and other events promotional campaigns. 


  • Be an effective team player in support of all technical activities within the R&D, Applications & Education Programs as per business goals and Key Quality Attributes established
  • Be a Technical Project Lead and carry-out process development & beverage applications using techniques such as distillation, CO2 fractionation, molecular distillation, enzyme reactions and classical extract/beverage chemistry to deliver results in accordance with agreed project objectives and timelines
  • Technical key contact to dedicated key regional and global accounts / customers
  • Close collaboration with the Regulatory, Finance, Operations and Commercial Teams as part of the commercialisation process of product development and project stage-gates
  • Compounding hop formulas, and creating complex applications across multiple beer styles, e.g. lager, IPA NAB/LAB.
  • Prepare and deliver technical presentations and publications from research topics of interest / new findings
  • Assist with scale up production through laboratory experimentation, pilot scale-up, and commercial trials, to deliver successful cost effective NPIs
  • Contribute to develop the innovation pipeline in support for new business opportunities in the field of hop extracts
  • Application Portfolio Management - Evaluation of hop flavour building blocks; identify gaps, carrying out analytical and sensory assessment of prototype samples; develop suitable final applications with specific CIU targets
  • Operate laboratory equipment/facilities ensuring compliance with the company's Health & Safety policy, Good Manufacturing Practices, and other external regulations
  • Provide Technical Customer Support cross-departmental and as per customer requests and NPI calendar
  • Maintain records and report progress as per established Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
  • Conduct in-house sensory trials, product evaluations, and develop upgrading solutions as part of ongoing NPI / PIPs projects
  • Cultivating sales opportunities with current customers and other industry contacts by building strong partnering networks with key technical personnel to translate in future growth opportunities

Experience & Skills

  • Science degree in Food Technology, Food Chemistry or equivalent science discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years working experience in R&D/Technical roles as beverage application scientist / technologist / flavourist in the flavour or beverage industry
  • Complementary technical hops / brewing education/professional courses e.g. IBD, EBC, ASBC is an asset
  • Comprehensive understanding of beverage applications overall and expertise’s in brewing science/applications
  • Experience in project management; innovation stage-gates, risk management and organising cross-functional project teams
  • Knowledge of Excellence in international beverage & brewing market and new beverage mega trends
  • Experience in formulation design, stability protocols and wide-ranging beverage analytical and organoleptic testing
  • Solid knowledge from hops and brewing manufacturing processes, its functionality, and commercially available products/flavours/extracts
  • Demonstrate a commercial mind-set and results oriented with respect to new formulation creation, costings, and cost in use targets to enable effective industrial scalable solutions
  • Knowledge of beverage laboratory practices and continuous improvement programs
  • Thorough knowledge of Technical, Quality and Regulatory standard documentation and SOPs, QA, NPI expectations within a food production and commercialization procedures/requisites
  • Mastery in MS-Office programs and other data/product/sales management systems, such as Salesforce, CRM, Sage.
  • High level of communicative competence and good presentation and rapport skills
  • Creative, proactive and team-player spirit,
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and other languages as plus
  • Be an active contributor to the Continuous Improvement Team (CIT) Program working to maximise potential revenue and technical performance

Salary £40k - £45k

Job Ref: 6844