Research & Development Scientist



Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024
ABOUT POPPI: Soda's back. Like, actually back. The twist? It's better for you this time (and no lie, it tastes better, too)! Join the team that's reclaiming soda one mouthwatering drop at a time. Refreshing and juicy without unnecessary sugar, it's time to love soda again!


  • We keep it real: We keep our egos in check and our feedback honest so we can always stay real. You know, like our ingredients.
  • We are creators: We're disruptors who see and do things differently, which is why we changed the soda game forever.
  • We do it better, together: We're better when we do together. We have one shot to become the #1 soda, so we need to make it count (while taking care of each other along the way).


The Research & Development Scientist is responsible for supporting poppi's strategic operational initiatives including continuous improvements in sensory, scalability, cost, technical advancements and functional efficacy. This role will focus on new product ideation/concepts and troubleshoot technical product issues. The ideal candidate must provide the necessary skill set, urgency, and cross functional collaboration to ensure the project or task at hand can effectively move forward towards the end goal.


  • Assist in the development of new products and the redesign of existing products
  • Effectively follow established Research & Development procedures for product development and/or ingredient experimentation, providing feedback to help streamline processes for optimal performance
  • Evaluate alternative ingredients for supplier risk mitigation and analyze existing/new formulations for potential areas of optimization
  • Meet with ingredient and product suppliers for innovation sessions and prototype trials
  • Partner with cross functional internal teams (Operations, Marketing, Quality, Finance and Sales) on various initiatives, including but not limited to cost optimization and supplying protype samples
  • Work in collaboration with a network of 3rd party flavor house research and development teams on flavor technology, application research, and market insights
  • Collaborate with the QA department to ensure commercial ready formulas are consistent from a sensory and food safety perspective
  • Travel required, with the ability to accommodate a flexible schedule, occasionally working evenings and weekends as needed for special assignments


  • Fundamental understanding of the science of beverage manufacturing with the ability to quickly learn new practices and technologies
  • Experience leveraging data to develop best in class products
  • Knowledge of new ingredient technologies, functional ingredients and their interaction with the beverage system
  • Proactive, self-starter and highly resourceful, capable of figuring it out
  • Team player and collaborator with the ability to work independently
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and establish credibility with internal stakeholders and externals partners across various levels and disciplines
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills with an ability to adapt to the fast-paced, daily needs of the Operations team
  • Strategic, organizational and results driven mindset with the ability to interpret complex data and develop value-add solutions


  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Biology, or related field preferred; or equivalent practical experience
  • 3+ years of professional experience in a technical role in the beverage industry; carbonated beverage experience is required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, G Suite, and Zoom; experience with Esha Genesis is a plus


  • Travel for business on an as needed basis.
  • Some lifting and the movement of moderate loads require 50-pound lifting requirement.
  • Willingness to work outside of standard business hours, including evenings and weekends, based on business demands.

The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of the job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some incumbents assigned to the job to perform a different combination of duties.

COMPENSATION: Our comprehensive compensation package plays a big part in how we recognize you for the impact you have on our path to achieving our mission. For this role, the estimated base salary range is between $70,000 - $85,000. The actual base salary will vary based on various factors, including market and individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process. The listed range above is a guideline, and the base salary range for this role may be modified.

BENEFITS: poppi offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees, including, but not limited to:

  • Bonus
  • Paid Time Off (3 weeks)
  • 10 Paid Company Holidays
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits
  • Flexible Spending Account Plan
  • 401(k) Program
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Life Insurance
  • Technology Allowance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Quarterly poppi Product Benefit

At poppi, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive company. We seek to create a culture where everyone can belong. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives.

poppi is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law.

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