Treatt USA 4900 Lakeland Commerce Parkway, Lakeland, Florida, 33805

Full Time | Posted 16 weeks ago


Reporting to: Director of Innovation
Location: Lakeland, USA

The Opportunity (General Summary)

The Senior Coffee Innovation Manager will design, develop and commercialize a portfolio of coffee and novel coffee ingredients. Lead the coffee team and help build knowledge depth and skills to create an industry center of excellence for coffee. Creative and self-motivated, this candidate should have in-depth knowledge of the coffee supply chain and lead development of products that are commercially viable and market relevant.

What it’s like to work here

We’ve been making the world taste better since 1886 and sell over 3000 products in more than 90 countries, but we’re only just getting started. We’re on an exciting journey and have ambitious plans to become the indispensable partner of choice for the world’s leading flavour and fragrance houses, beverage and consumer brands.

On joining Treatt, you’ll become one of over 300 international experts, working together to collectively surprise and delight our customers. Nothing is more important to us than the happiness of our people as without them, we’d never succeed.

We think Treatt’s a great place to work, but don’t just take our word for it:
“Everyone wants your feedback and opinion; it feels like a place of study where nurturing and encouragement are the standard. It is very clear the hard work that goes into providing excellence for customers, but it is also very apparent that managers have the same goals for helping us all to progress.” – Anita, Innovation Scientist

“Joining my close and supportive team was the most enjoyable way to gain more skills and increase my knowledge” – Ashley, Distillation Control Team Leader
“Treatt creates an environment to help you be the best you can, with no two days the same and opportunities always available to help you learn and develop. The people and the culture create a fantastic company to be part of” – Rebecca, Commercial Coordinator

What you’ll be doing

• Research and develop creative and novel products - bringing them to commercial fruition.
• Utilize and ensure maintenance of a range of laboratory and pilot-plant equipment (introducing new innovations where necessary), during product development.
• Identify relevant raw materials for the development of products, partnering with the Procurement team to meet requirements.
• Work with the Coffee category team in the planning of innovation and customer priorities.
• Manage category demands, providing consistent communication of category innovation efforts and commercial implications of development work.
• Participate in planning, monitoring and documentation of plant trials leading to successful commercialization of new products.
• Support the Production Supervisor to determine, define and improve production efficiencies of new and existing products.
• Participate in sensory evaluation of coffee projects, new products, reformulations, ingredient substitutions, and competitive products.
• Maintain accurate records of lab work, and documentation of used ingredients, formulation modifications and provide statistical evaluations and reports.
• Write technical reports and ensure proper, streamlined documentation of all work generated.
• Develop product and raw material specifications suitable for QA and Regulatory team.
• Coordinate with Quality Assurance in scheduling the use of laboratory facilities and equipment to ensure the appropriate levels of QA testing are performed.
• Keep up to date with current worldwide coffee innovation efforts and transfer new knowledge to Treatt product lines.
• Continually explore and identify ways to tailor Treatt product lines to appeal to new markets.
• Cultivate sales opportunities with current customers and other industry contacts by building strong partnering relationships with key technical personnel in these organizations.
• Participate in product demonstrations as needed.
• Work with customers as needed on new product developments and reformulations.
• Present to customers, showcasing product expertise.
• Partner with sales team members to identify and analyze consumer market trends that might provide increased sales and product development opportunities.
• Act in the best interest of Treatt at all times.
• All other duties as customary or as delegated.

What we’re looking for

• A bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Food Science or a related subject plus a minimum of 5 years lab and product development experience in a closely affiliated field, specializing in Coffee.
• Sensory knowledge and training a plus.
• A proven independent worker with strong creativity and problem-solving skills.
• An in-depth understanding of fundamental chemical principles.
• Demonstrate knowledge of regulations, policies, procedures and processes in food science and product development.
• Influential in the category, with an ability to build relationships across the category and wider business.
• Superior ability to research and analyze information and data to arrive at valid conclusions and plans of actions.
• Effective communication skills at all levels - both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to use various spreadsheets, word-processing and database computer software.

What we’ll do for you

We offer an excellent package which includes a competitive salary; vacation time as well as the opportunity to purchase additional vacation, we also offer a discretionary annual bonus, medical (including family cover), dental and vision coverage, AFLAC, 401k employer matching up to 6%, company-paid short term and long term disability insurance, company-paid life insurance and stock purchase options.
With the encouragement and development you need, we help you to become your ultimate you. Beyond building a successful career, we also support the wishes and ambitions of our staff outside of the office in achieving a health work/life balance - the wellbeing of our staff is paramount to us, which we actively promote and support by regularly delivering a variety of wellbeing initiatives. There will also be opportunities to be actively involved in community and charity projects and to take part in numerous subsidised social events.

Polite Notice

We politely request that we are not contacted by any recruitment agencies. We have a preferred supplier list and high volumes of speculative calls from agencies negatively impact upon the efficiency of our business. Please help us to maintain the highest levels of customer service by respecting our wishes.