Senior Scientist, Product Development and Applications-Beverage - Culver City, CA

The Senior Scientist, Product Development and Applications-Beverage will be hands-on and be directly responsible to ideate, develop and commercialize new state of the art science based beverage formulations for retail stores, collaborate with cross functional teams to rapidly develop and sensory test novel consumer relevant products that will mainstream marijuana usage, ensure formulations are robust for internal and/or external manufacturing, provide recommendations for bench top pilot plant equipment for a variety of beverage applications and processes (e.g. hot fill and hold, aseptic, carbonated, cold fill, shelf stable, powdered, RDT, RTM, etc), identify external suppliers and partners for a variety of beverage forms, formats and packaging options
Essential Functions 

  • Ideate and rapidly develop protocepts and prototypes that align with MedMen’s strategy and pipeline plan.

  • Create robust formulations to deliver new and novel beverage products which exceed consumer expectations and provide a consistent user experience.

  • Participate in stage gate process, e.g. Product Development Briefs, used to align on product deliverables.

  • Provide recommendations for processes and equipment to develop and verify formulations within R&D lab.

  • Effectively utilize PLM system to develop and archive in house formulations.

  • Proactively create and present new protocept forms and formats that align with MedMen’s strategy.

  • Provide governance and technical support to satellite R&D locations at manufacturing facilities.

  • Effectively collaborate with external partners and suppliers to develop new and novel beverage delivery systems.

  • Proactively identify contract manufacturers and suppliers that can rapidly prototype and commercialize new beverage products.

  • Create and file IP for new and novel formulas and/or processes.

Proven track record for developing and commercialization robust liquid and powder beverage formulas for new and novel products
Strong technical acumen in the area of beverage development
Strong communication skills
Strong executional skills
Highly collaborative within R&D and with XF teams.
Strong bias for action
High level of autonomy
Flexible, adaptive to change
Hands on experience with PLM systems/software
Supervisory Responsibility 
None.  But responsible for providing clear concise instructions to R&D technicians and pilot plant personal

Work environment 
R&D Lab, Pilot Plant, Manufacturing 

Physical Demands
Ability to perform light physical duties required to complete goals normally associated with a pilot plant environment
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

Full time


20-30% travel
Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Pharmacology, Chemistry or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
7+ years experience in Food/Beverage/Pharmaceutical/Cannabis sector
Additional Eligibility Qualifications (certifications, etc.)
Strong knowledge of cGMP’s and GLP’s
Food safety and labeling requirements
Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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