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Lead Scientist - Chemistry ASL EMEA

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Ballina, Ireland - IRL
  • Post Date: 7/1/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
  • Post End Date: Not Available
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Job ID: R-16957

Job Description Summary:

The key responsibilities of this role will be to perform complex physical and/or chemical analysis of raw materials, in process products and finished goods; prepares detailed reports with recommendations and performs routine maintenance and safety checks on laboratory equipment. The candidate will be

  • proficient in applying established standards.
  • Train and instruct analysts/scientists. 
  • A Subject Matter Expert with knowledge base acquired in any of the following areas of expertise: flavour chemistry, microbiology,  beverages technology or advanced analytical techniques.  
  • Works independently; may be required to coach other professionals.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Quality Management Systems (QMS). 
  • Lead research projects and develop or validate laboratory test methods or equipment to ensure reliability and accuracy of analytical results.
  • Organize workflow and task schedules to maximize laboratory efficiency.

Functional Skills:

  • Ability to perform advanced, complex testing at a high level of throughput using the required methodology as required on ingredients, intermediates and finished products and report results.
  • Demonstrates subject matter expertise in their specific field to evaluate data/information and make decisions, provide solutions to problems, and educated opinions on ingredients, syrups, beverages, concentrates or other substances to provide support to bottlers and customers. 
  • Advanced Field Specialty (e.g. Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology, Spectroscopy, Ingredients, Packaging, Sensory or others): Expert ability to integrate advanced techniques and to apply the most appropriate techniques to a broad range of problems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of Good Laboratory Practices; Laboratory/Analytical Instrumentation, including instrumental theory, operation, maintenance and ability to operate, modify and repair laboratory instruments;  LIMS; Quality management systems.
  • Ability to communicate technical information both verbally and in written reports that is understandable by technical and non-technical audiences; to produce report of results and recommendations that is clear and concise. Build technical relationships.

Key Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Perform basic and complex testing of materials at a high level of throughput using the required chemical, analytical and/ or sensorial methodology according to quality guidelines.
  • Interpret data from routine and non-routine analyses in order to validate that ingredients/materials meet specifications. Record results & write technical reports.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and instrumentation (e.g., troubleshooting, conducting preventative maintenance, calibrating and repairing).
  • Organize workflow and task schedules to maximize laboratory efficiency (e.g., prioritize sample analysis, assign tasks, preventative maintenance).
  • Train and instruct Laboratory analysts/scientists.
  • Work to and ensure self and team compliance to quality management system requirements through training, documentations, quality records and audits.
  • Perform data audit in order to ensure accuracy of data and analytical processes.  This may include database queries, statistical process control or correlation study.
  • Lead research projects and develop or validate laboratory test methods or equipment (sampling, monitoring, analytical procedures) in order to ensure reliability and accuracy of analytical results.  This may include performing capability studies.

Communication Complexities: 

  • Engage in daily contact with key laboratory personnel e.g.  Lab manager, other team members, understand lab workload, priorities and other pertinent information.
  • Communicate with relevant other stakeholders such as R&D, BU, and other Technical Functions, and suppliers, providing information on testing, results, other facts. Gather information from R&D, BU, others to help understand needs from lab operation. Clarify questions regarding testing, rejections, and unusual results, referencing analytical methodologies, Co. policy and local regulatory requirements. Provide training to internal (e.g. BU, bottlers) and external (e.g. suppliers) stakeholders.
  • Provide technical support in IMCR investigations.
  • Support Legal with matters that require technical input in area of expertise.
  • Ability to communicate technical information both verbally and in written reports that is understandable by technical and non-technical audiences; to produce report of results and recommendations that is clear and concise. Build technical relationships.
  • Ability to read, write and speak the English language is required.


Once the successful candidate has received appropriate training, they will be expected to perform at a high level and will:

  • Be an expert  with required testing within their dedicated area
  • Evaluate information to determine compliance with specifications or standards
  • Interpret results
  • Work with Laboratory Manager to ensure proper use of resources
  • Interpret of databases for specifications, methods , standards & advanced analytics
  • Writes summaries and reports.


  • Recommends new methods or instrumentation to address current and future needs of the laboratory.
  • Applies Operational Excellence principles and processes to optimise lab operations.

Educational requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in Science preferably Analytical Chemistry, Food Science, Food Technology or Microbiology with a demonstrated aptitude to relate business and technical requirements.

Preferred educational requirements:

  • Post Graduate MSc. In Chemistry or Microbiology is preferable.

Related work experience:

  • 8+ years relevant experience in a Laboratory in the food, pharmaceutical or chemical Industry.
  • Experience in Beverage technology and flavour chemistry is desirable.
  • Experience of trouble shooting is desirable.

Travel Requirements:

  • 10% Regional and global travel

Cultural diversity:

  • Fluent written and spoken English with strong communication skills required.
  • Ability to work within a global virtual team with many nationalities and a significant time difference in time zones across the team.

Our Growth Culture:

One of the reasons our company continues to thrive after 130+ years is having a company culture that supports and rewards behaviors that lead to growth. Our “Growth Behaviors,” as we call them, are ways of being and working that help to make us successful. Think about how you can bring this to life in your next role at Coca-Cola.


Keep seeking, never settle.  Staying curious about what is outside, and two steps ahead inspires us to challenge the status quo. Having the courage to look and leap is the way we grow. Because asking “what if?” pushes us to the next level as people and as a company.


Make it happen. True empowerment is the result of taking responsibility. This means giving yourself permission to see it, say it and do it, and owning the outcomes. Because we move forward faster when we all take action.

Version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0

Push for progress, not perfection. There are very few overnight successes. Greatness is borne of many little victories (and failures). Share v 1.0, test it, and make it better. Then create the next version. Because the moment we think something is perfect, it will be obsolete.


Include, value and trust each other. We are smart alone but together we are genius. This means being inclusive, giving the benefit of the doubt and being responsible for each other. Because, for our company to thrive for the next 100+ years, smart isn't enough. We need genius.

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