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Senior Flavor Chemist

Valhalla, New York
Research and Development

United States - English

Job Description

Auto req ID: 161413BR

Job Description

In this role, the Senior Flavor Chemist designs and conducts high level analytical testing for product/packaging development and various problem-solving requests with a focus on Pepsi beverage portfolio. The position also offers opportunities of interacting with PepsiCo Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

Primary job duties include performing GCMS volatile and flavor analytical testing. The position interfaces with product, process and packaging development, quality and food safety teams, delivering input for robust experimental design and ensuring timely results and insights. The Senior Flavor Chemist helps maintain instrumentation and develop methodology to achieve business priorities and helps identify new volatile measurement capability.

Responsibilities include:

  • Performing GCMS volatile chemical and flavor analysis that supports product and process development and troubleshooting
  • Chromatographic data interpretation and correlation back to process, materials or contamination issues
  • Collaborate as a member of the Analytical Sciences team to support product, process & package development and quality initiatives
  • Develop, validate and document methods for volatile chemical and flavor analysis
  • Integrate functional expertise with business objectives to identify critical testing needs
  • Generate reports, insights and presentations that clearly and concisely communicate conclusions and recommendations
  • Keep current on leading edge technologies and bring new capabilities to PepsiCo laboratories

Critical competencies:

  • Demonstrate expertise and knowledge of flavor, analytical and food chemistry
  • Expertise in techniques for isolation of volatile compounds from food, beverage and packaging
  • Expertise or knowledge in GCMS instrumentation and relative software such as MassHunter and ChomaTOF
  • Ability to troubleshoot, identify root cause and implement corrective action
  • Communicate information in a clear, proactive and timely matter


  • Ph.D in Flavor, Analytical or Food Chemistry - recent Ph.D grads are encouraged to apply or up 2 years of experience or Master's Degree in Flavor, Analytical or Food Chemistry with 3+ years experience in GC and GCMS headspace analysis of foods, beverage and/or flavor components
  • Expertise in isolation of volatile compounds from food and/or beverage, knowledge/experience in GC and GCMS
  • Outstanding teamwork and communication skills (oral and written)

Relocation Eligible: Eligible for Limited Relocation
Job Type: Regular

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