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At Premier Nutrition, we’re a team cheering on our customers every step of the way. Maybe it’s in the PowerBar right before a marathon. Or in a post-workout bottle of Joint Juice. So many athletes count on us for healthy and transparent energy products, and that’s why we need a team that’s dedicated to building the future of nutrition. So come take the first step toward a career built on winning.

Sr. Scientist, R&D

Research & Development


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Here’s what all the hype is about…

Premier Nutrition Company (PNC) distributes great-tasting food products to health-conscious consumers under the brand names Premier Protein, PowerBar, Supreme Protein, and Joint Juice and part of publicly traded BellRing Brands (NYSE:BRBR). With its people-first culture, PNC empowers its people to create the best work of their lives alongside some truly amazing colleagues. We strive to make a workplace where you can feel like you and avoid many of the outdated prcesses and structure of convential workplaces. We don’t have performance reviews—we have conversations. We don’t have command and control management—we have inspiring leaders to coach you. We don’t have a casual dress code—we simply don’t have a dress code; wear what you like. And we have a lot of fun.

Bringing dogs to work, company-wide volunteer days, philanthropy and sustainability programs, in-office massages, walking meetings, and free daily excercises class on-site and at the adjacent gym are just a few ways we make work feel less like work. And the results of our great culture speaks for itself: we were certified as a Great Place to Work™ for the third year running in 2019 and ranked #7 on Fortune Magazine’s 2019 Best Small & Medium Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production.

So, what’s it like to work here? You’ll walk into our Emeryville office each Monday morning and find 100 of your colleagues sitting on sofas, beanbag chairs, or the floor excitedly talking through the week ahead and watching one of their colleagues tell their personal life and career journey. Picture the scrappy culture of a start-up, the innovative mindset of a tech company, and the stability of a brand that sold over $800 million last year, and you’ll find us in the sweet spot where world-class culture meets robust business results. PNC seeks individuals who will thrive in this collaborative and casual work environment and will help us build our culture and this high-growth company for the next phase in our amazing journey. Does this sound like you? Then read on…

The Role…

The Sr. Scientist is part of the R&D team and is responsible for leading technical activities for our core portfolio (Ready to Drink Shakes, powders) and/or supporting development of innovation or renovation projects. The Sr. Scientist is expected to apply scientific methodology and thinking to design experiments, use a disciplined approach to formulate products, prepare lab/pilot plant products, and support manufacturing. They will translate data and knowledge to drive commercialization process to create business results. They must have an ability to apply principles of food science to solve industry relevant issues and then explain data and scientific principles to general audience.

You’re excited about this opportunity because your time will be filled with…

New Product Development: 40% of Time

  • Launch new products from concept to commercialization
  • Provide and exercise technical expertise through the development of solutions for new and novel ingredients, product formulations, and undertaking technical and manufacturing challenges
  • Lead and provide technical updates on a variety of R&D projects, ensuring alignment throughout the course of project lifecycles
  • Provides insight and expertise on future product development opportunities for new ingredients, products and processes
  • Responsible for successful scale-up to commercial production through collaboration with operations, QA, marketing and external co-mans by aligning on process capabilities and finished product specifications
  • Core Activities: 40% of Time

  • Support for current product line- optimize supply chain for ingredients and manufacturing, provide solutions for cost control and reduction
  • Provide continuous improvement insights and bring the best ideas into fruition
  • Develop and maintain relevant specifications and improve commercialization processes
  • Think outside of the box and be curious to find unique ways to create more robust formulations that bring improved product quality and stability
  • Use collaborative and problem-solving skills to find technical solutions that are sustainable and win-win to all groups
  • R&D Team Support: 10% of Time

  • Mentor junior scientists and lab personnel as needed
  • Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction when needed
  • Job requires analyzing information and using analytical and sensorial data and logic to address work-related issues and problems
  • The daily routine that everyone does but few quantify: 10% of Time

  • Attending meetings, product cuttings and presentations
  • Participating in company-wide activities and events galore
  • Impromptu conversations with colleagues
  • Administrivia like email, calendaring, expense reports, and other non-value-added wor
  • What are we looking for?


  • BS Food Science/Nutrition/Engineering or related field required; Innovation/Process technology/Sensory/Culinary Training/Product Development Experience preferred
  • Experience:

  • 10+ years’ experience in product development, innovation and/or technology development with RTD beverages required
  • Experience with aseptic processing is a plus
  • Passion for food science, food microbiology, curious about nutritional aspects of food and possess an uncanny ability to combine unique technologies and ingredients to create differentiated products is preferred
  • Skills:

  • Being a confident and independent worker with great communication skills
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work well in teams
  • Possess curiosity, creativity and alternative thinking to develop new innovative solutions
  • Position requires critical thinking ability to explain complex technical subject matters to non-technical personnel
  • Strong technical knowledge to solving complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement suitable solutions
  • Meticulous attention to detail, particularly about health, safety and hygiene
  • Five capabilities that differentiate this role and are key to candidate success:

    1. Learning & growth mindset
    2. Drive and own results
    3. Be all-in
    4. Empathy and understanding of others and the big picture
    5. We are better together

    You will thrive here and may just do the best work of your life if…

  • If you are a dynamic, creative person and is data driven to accomplish technical and business goals
  • You want to be part of our journey towards a being a high performing R&D team
  • You have a strong work ethic and can balance strong scientific approach with an ability to pivot as needed
  • You enjoy all aspects of food product development – deep dive into understanding functionality of ingredients, formulating and tasting various prototypes, creating bench top/pilot line samples and then seeing them scale up in industrial process.
  • You like trying out novel minimum viable product people-related ideas
  • You can be flexible in your approach to solving technical challenges and focus on best practices that would lead to desirable outcomes
  • You are comfortable being natural, casual, open, and even a bit playful at work; even supportive of the “work hard and play hard” philosophy
  • You can do periods of focused, deep work on projects that move the needle
  • This may not be your ideal next career move if…

  • You would like to be part of a well-established R&D team with lots of structure and guidance daily
  • You rather work as an individual instead of a team-based, collaborative setting
  • You like extreme order, hierarchy, command and control management
  • You want to build lots of processes, systems, governance, or policies
  • Dealing with ambiguity or experimentation are not your jam
  • You like managing from behind your computer and demonstrating excellence through email
  • You tend to chase whatever shiny object presents itself during the day even if non-strategic
  • If we haven’t convinced you to apply already, here are some of our favorite perks and benefits:

  • Summer hours (and of course a hefty PTO package plus 11 holidays)
  • 401K match. Literally free money.
  • Free food. Plus kombucha, cold brew coffee, sparkling water…all on tap.
  • All people and roles are bonus-eligible
  • Quarterly team building events/happy hours (city-wide scavenger hunt, bowling, ropes course, putt-putt)
  • Bring your dog to work (3 days/week)
  • Premier Nutrition provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws.


    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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