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Senior Lab Analyst

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Atlanta, GA - USA
  • Post Date: 8/1/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
  • Post End Date: Not Available
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Job ID: R-31481

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United States of America



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First Shift (United States of America)

Job Description Summary:

The role of this position is to protect the trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company by assuring the quality of confidential ingredients used in company products worldwide. The main activity is to analyze ingredient samples against established specifications for batch release of ingredients This position may make recommendations for the approval or rejection of ingredients. Daily analyses include organoleptic evaluation, wet chemistry tests, use of advanced analytical techniques, such as gas and liquid chromatography. Data interpretations and data quality review are performed. The role is also responsible for calibration and preventive maintenance of the laboratory instrumentation of their work. The work is performed under some direct supervision. Some basic laboratory training of others is also part of this roles responsibility.
  • Organize workflow and task schedules to maximize laboratory efficiency (e.g., prioritize sample analysis, assign tasks, preventative maintenance).
  • Prepare samples and sampling plan for ingredients, intermediate or finished products, or other materials to perform analyses (e.g., chemical, physical, sensory, microbiological).
  • Perform chemical analyses using instrumental methods to determine the composition of samples
  • Perform data audits to ensure accuracy of data and analytical processes.  This may include database queries, statistical process control or correlation studies
  • Perform chemical analyses by non-instrumental methods (wet chemical methods) to determine the composition of samples.
  • Conduct inspection of the laboratory or laboratory procedures to ensure conformance to internal (e.g., The Coca-Cola Quality System) or external certification requirements and correct or eliminate process-related non-conformance items.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and instrumentation (e.g., troubleshooting, conducting preventative maintenance, calibrating and repairing).
  • Prepare standards or standard curves to perform quantitative analyses.
  • Process incoming or outgoing samples (e.g., receiving, logging, labeling, shipping) using LIMS or other tools to ensure that samples are traceable and properly distributed for analysis.
  • Develop or validate laboratory test methods or equipment (sampling, monitoring, analytical procedures) to ensure reliability and accuracy of analytical results.  This may include performing capability studies.
  • Perform microbiological tests to determine viable organisms or total counts.  Methods may include microscopy.
  • Dispose of expired retained samples and chemicals according to schedules and expiration dates to keep lab area clean and safe.
  • Attend routine presentations and refresher courses regarding safety and environmental issues (e.g., waste disposal) to ensure up-to-date knowledge and adherence to related company policies.
  • Identify, classify, maintain, and protect files, documentation and sensitive information consistent with record handling and retention requirements.

Functional Skills

  • Basic Analytical Chemistry: Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.  This includes preparation, separation, detection and other techniques and applying concepts of precision and accuracy.  It also includes understanding new developments in the field and their effect on our products, ingredients and packaging materials.
  • Laboratory Practices: Knowledge and application of Good Laboratory Practices (e.g., handling of chemicals and glassware, preparation of standards and reagents, proper measuring techniques, data management, housekeeping).
  • Basic Flavor/Juice Chemistry: General knowledge of the organic chemistry of fruit juices, essential oils and other flavor compounds that are relevant to Company products.
  • Chromatography: Knowledge of the principles and techniques of chromatographic separations and their application to the analysis of ingredients, syrups, beverages, concentrates or other substances.  This includes the ability to use chromatographic techniques for quantitative and qualitative analyses. Experience with Mass Spectral identification of organic molecules a plus.
  • Basic Microbiology: Basic knowledge of food and water microbiology used to make judgments about the safety of ingredients, beverages, manufacturing techniques, packaging and storage conditions.


Bachelor's Degree; Chemistry preferred.    At least 2 years' experience in a lab environment.

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.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Apply
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