Sr. Flavor Research Chemist at Coca-Cola

Location(s): United States of America
City/Cities: Atlanta
Travel Required: 00% - 25%
Relocation Provided: Yes
Job Posting End Date: Not Available


Job Description Summary:
This role is for a scientist with extensive knowledge in flavor research and the experience to translate that knowledge into product improvements. In-depth experience in organic chemistry, natural product chemistry, and analytical chemistry is preferred. Previous experience as a Flavor Chemist would be helpful. The individual will have experience in extraction and separation of flavor compounds for use in the flavor industry, knowledge in the latest techniques for analyzing complex flavor materials such as citrus components and working with colleagues to provide correlation between flavor compounds and sensory perception/consumer understanding. Experience in flavor ingredients such as citrus and other essential oils is helpful. Leveraging Flavor Chemistry knowledge to drive product improvements and provide new insights into important flavor compounds in raw materials and stability of these compounds in Food & Beverage applications. The ability to link flavor compounds to sensory and consumer perception is a key experience for the individual in this role.
Function Related Activities/Key Responsibilities:
  • The individual will serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Flavor Chemistry in the Beverage Category: Ability to correlate flavor compounds with sensory and consumer data, understanding of flavor compound stability, essential oil chemistry (citrus), extraction and separation techniques for natural product chemistry, and an in-depth knowledge of organic chemistry.
  • Initiate and design research programs for future areas to help shape the company’s growth agenda to create value and competitive edge.
  • Lead initiatives of flavor research to deliver new insights into flavor creation approaches for our internal Flavorists.
  • Initiate and manage collaborations with external partners to build knowledge and grow flavor platform.
  • Support the development of new and novel flavor creations for the beverage category by leveraging Science, and Data Analytics/Artificial Intelligence.
  • Develop a vision or technology platform and present to senior executives within the company.
  • Lead cross-functional teams within the organization to accomplish business-critical initiatives.
  • Exemplify The Company's growth behaviors, being inclusive, iterative, curious, and empowered.

Qualification & Requirements:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Natural Product Chemistry, or related field is required.
  • 10 plus years’ industrial experience in flavor research and/or analysis
  • Experience in compound isolation and identification, GC-MS, GC-FID, and GC-O; and various extraction techniques such as SPME, liquid-liquid extractions, and headspace trapping preferred
  • Advanced level knowledge of flavor stability in beverages and able to lead the develop of kinetics models for predicting shelf-life
  • Effectively communicating at all levels of an organization
  • Ability to lead and influence large, multi-functional teams in an agile and networked environment
  • Advanced Flavor Chemistry: Advanced knowledge in the organic chemistry of essential oils and Maillard reaction flavor generation.
  • Flavor Industry Knowledge: Knowledge of flavoring materials, the flavor industry and the trade organizations that represent them.
  • Building Technical Relationships: Ability to apply technical knowledge and establish credibility with highly technical audiences throughout the organization.


  • Experience in the chemistry of essential oils, citrus, vanilla, and coffee.
  • Experience in Drivers of Liking Analysis: connecting sensory and descriptive analysis with analytical
  • Previous experience in a Flavor House Company
  • Experience in flavor research: separation technologies such distillation, column chromatography, and various flavor extraction technologies in the industry.

What We Can Do for You:

  • Purpose Driven: Purpose driven approach that empowers our people to protect the environment and communities we serve while delivering safe & quality products.
  • Global Connections: Allows you to develop, enhance and maintain global connections that allow us to move faster and learn from others.
  • Community of Belonging: We’re an organization that believes in our ability to continually grow and build the right atmosphere where people feel safe and empowered, letting you bring your best self to work.

Skills: Chemistry, Communication, Continuous Improvement (CI), Data Collections, Environmental Science, Food Safety and Sanitation, Food Sciences, Food Technology, Green Solutions, Laboratory Testing, Microbiology Testing, Product Development, Project Management, Quality Control (QC), Research and Development (R&D), Sensory Testing

Our Purpose and Growth Culture:

We are taking deliberate action to nurture an inclusive culture that is grounded in our company purpose, to refresh the world and make a difference. We act with a growth mindset, take an expansive approach to what’s possible and believe in continuous learning to improve our business and ourselves. We focus on four key behaviors – curious, empowered, inclusive and agile – and value how we work as much as what we achieve. We believe that our culture is one of the reasons our company continues to thrive after 130+ years. Visit to learn more about these behaviors and how you can bring them to life in your next role at Coca-Cola. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. When we collect your personal information as part of a job application or offer of employment, we do so in accordance with industry standards and best practices and in compliance with applicable privacy laws.

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