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Keurig Dr Pepper Senior Research Engineer in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Overview

Senior Research Engineer – Hot Product Innovation

Position can be based in any of the 3 locations listed below:

Burlington, MA

Frisco, TX

Chicago, IL

Summary: The Hot Product Innovation Senior Engineer is responsible for leading all aspects of new product development, to include processing development, processing equipment selection, and authoring specifications for both product and processing systems. As part of the KDP Hot Innovation team, the Senior Engineers provide high level strategic direction for the company’s beverage growth while also leading improvements in manufacturing, quality, cost, and safety. This position partners closely with internal cross functional teams such as project management, quality, marketing, safety, environmental and operations resources, and external partners. This position requires strong skills in critical thinking, collaboration, consumer insights, and the ability to positively influence project direction. This includes product formulation and scale up, specifically of powders, coffee & coffee processing unit operations, managing shelf life studies, test methods development, communication with key suppliers, partners, and consultants, new ingredients research, and specification development.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Essential Duties:

  • Defining product and processing specifications

  • Strategic planning for product development and processing

  • Vendor evaluation, selection and management

  • Development of benchtop, pilot and commercial scale experimental designs and qualifications

  • Improvements to existing processes, specifically processing equipment

  • Generation of process flow diagrams

  • Creation of business proposals to demonstrate and evaluate various project options

  • Provide technical support for commissioning, qualification and verification (CQV) processes

  • Utilize statistical data analysis for data driven decision making



  • M.S. in an engineering discipline with 7+ years of experience, or Ph.D. with 2-4 years of experience.

  • Knowledge and experience in coffee processing with specific experience in the food industry (especially in coffee beverages) required

  • Knowledge and experience with food processes such as blending, spray drying, drying, compaction, high shear agglomeration, fluid bed agglomeration, and extrusion.

  • Knowledge and experience with bulk solids and material handling, including pneumatic conveying and dust collection is preferred

  • Knowledge of coffee extraction phenomena and rate kinetics

  • Knowledge of design requirements related to food safety, including SQF, FDA, GMP

  • Knowledge and experience in preparation of PFD’s, P&ID’s

  • Knowledge and experience in modeling unit operation processes, including parameter estimation, population balance modeling, and material modeling.

  • Hands-on experience with process development, startup and commissioning

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Must be very organized and able to manage multiple project activities/priorities

  • Ability to travel as required

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Ability to be punctual

  • Positive attitude with ability to work a fast-paced, high-growth environment

  • Excellent MS Office skills

    Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

    ·Moderate travel required (0-50%)

Company Overview

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.

Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.