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Principal Scientist, Yogurt


Date: Jul 10, 2019

Location: Louisville, CO, US

Company: DANONE

Dannon in WBS R&I is looking for Principal Scientist, Yogurt in Louisville, Colorado.


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We make delicious & responsibly-produced foods & beverages that nourish people’s lives.  We formed in April 2017, when Danone acquired WhiteWave Foods and united two companies in North America with a shared commitment to purpose, growth, and good food.  We are committed to redefining success in business as the largest Certified B Corp & public benefit corporation in the world.  We are passionate change-agents united and motivated by making a positive impact every day.  Our products are everywhere & include everyone.  Some of our loved & trusted brands include: Dannon, Activia, Horizon Organic, Happy Family, International Delight, Silk, Vega, Oikos, Light & Fit, So Delicious Dairy Free, Stok, Two Good, Wallaby Organic, Left Field Farms, Good Plants Diary Free, Yo Crunch, Evian & Nutricia.  People join & stay at Danone North America because they can find both professional & personal fulfillment in their daily experience.  And our benefits aren’t too shabby either -- think flexible (unlimited) time off & up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave to name a couple!    

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About the Job:


We have an amazing opportunity on our Research & Innovation team, for a Principal Scientist, Yogurt, based in Louisville, CoThis is a technical expert position within the Research & Innovation (R&I) organization. You will be responsible for leading R&I innovation and commercialization with an emphasis on dairy yogurt and other cultured products (may include non-dairy yogurt alternatives).


  • Leverage deep scientific expertise to support and build on the technical development and excellence of the Yogurt BU. 
  • Provide technical product and process leadership, coaching and expertise to other members of R&I as well as cross-functional team members including but not limited to Marketing, Operations, Engineering, Packaging and Quality Assurance.
  • Facilitate and foster the ideation of new product possibilities as well as line extensions and/or product reformulations with an emphasis on establishing points of difference versus competitors, from a nutrition, quality and creativity standpoint.
  • Plan, execute, and manage the development of prototypes in the lab, pilot plant and at production facilities.  Maintain technical and experiment documentation.
  • Provide oral and written progress updates to stakeholders and business leaders. Must be able to clearly articulate technical product information in a format that is understandable to non-technical audiences.
  • Share and teach technical know-how on dairy/yogurt processing, nutrients (incorporation, handling...) and key ingredients such as dairy ingredients, hydrocolloids, fruit preps, etc.
  • Develop and manage collaborations with suppliers to leverage the potential of bringing in and integrating outside ideas and technical solutions.
  • Network with global R&I community to share and bring in best practices from other parts of the world.



About You:


  • You will possess one of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree in food science, nutrition, or closely related field with at least 20 years of relevant progressive experience
    • Master’s degree in food science, nutrition, or closely related field with at least 15 years of relevant progressive experience
    • PhD degree in in food science, nutrition, or closely related field with at least 10 years of relevant progressive experience
  • Your prior experience must include significant product development and/or research experience supporting dairy yogurt and/or cultured dairy products.
  • You will have a demonstrated track record of successful commercialization of dairy yogurt and/or cultured dairy products that establish points of difference from existing products with consumers.
  • You must demonstrate strong leadership/mentorship skills; experience in people development and team management is a plus.
  • You will have exemplary technical skills focused on product formulation, ingredients, industrial processes and manufacturing practices
  • You will have demonstrated product development capabilities with successful in-market products that deliver against increasing consumer expectations on clean, pure, and simple ingredients.
  • You will be articulate in sensory, consumer testing and ability to create great tasting products
  • You will have a strong understanding of consumer trends in ingredients and nutrition
  • You will have experience with food safety, HACCP, and quality regulations and programs required; working knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations
  • You will be passionate about creating, rapid prototyping, development and commercialization of ideas
  • You will have the ability to work autonomously to drive technical programs forward



Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. For more information, please visit 

Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.



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