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Senior Scientist/R&D Tea and Herbals - ekaterra

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Job Title: Senior Scientist, R&D Tea and Herbals

Job Type: Full Time

Job Location: Englewood Cliffs - 800 Sylvan Ave.

Who we are:

ekaterra is the biggest tea business in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG

tips and Pukka. eka stands for unity and one purpose while terra stands for earth and nature. As ekaterra we are united in one purpose: growing a world of wellbeing through the regenerative power of plants.

Present in more than 100 countries, ekaterra generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, whilst part of Unilever. With 11 production factories in four continents and tea growing estates in three countries, ekaterra is a profitable and growing business offering a world of wellbeing with the regenerative power of plants to hundreds of millions of consumers. Recently Unilever announced that it had agreed to sell ekaterra to CVC Capital Partners Fund VIII. As a standalone entity, ekaterra is even better positioned to lead the industry with dedicated focus driving greater growth and value.

Under CVC’s ownership, ekaterra has an exciting future ahead with opportunities for increased investments in our brands, our people and our capabilities. Combining the strength and scale of its global iconic brands with speed and agility, ekaterra is brewing a ‘corporate start-up’ mindset that’s opening-up new opportunities to flourish every day – both for its business, and its people.

At ekaterra, we work alongside people who put consumer love at the heart of every decision. Diverse minds who celebrate new ideas, share our values and the commitment we have for the wellbeing of all. In return, we create an environment that gives our people space and freedom, where they can grow as leaders. A connected community where ideas can thrive. Where you explore new challenges. Learning all you need to master your field, and even more about yourself.

Be part of this amazing blend. Join our collective and help us grow a better world of wellbeing and a better you.

Who you are:

You are ideally a food scientist, passionate about foods and beverages with an innate curiosity and interest in tea, in its history, its rituals and its innumerable expressions as consumer products. Passion for tea and herbals is essential.

You are a creative individual and enjoy product development which you have experienced for ideally at least 5 years.

You are capable of managing moderately complex projects and enjoy working independently while effectively coordinating within cross-functional teams.

You are data oriented but are also able to channel your creativity and passion in your developments and in your problem solving. As part of this role, you will drive and deliver the R&D activities across one of our Tea brands, manage the relationship with cross-functional business partners, including Global R&D, Brand Development, Supply Chain and Finance while also acting as a partner within the Tea business.

What you'll do:

You will translate the brand philosophy, culinary and consumer insights into superior new products that meet the project deliverables and contribute to the creation and execution of a stronger business strategy. As well as developing new products you will actively contribute to defining, tracking, prioritizing and delivering a robust savings project program for your brands according to set yearly targets.

You will acquire technical expertise on a particular area of the portfolio (for example tea powders) and represent such expertise for the business, deploying your solid know-how to make recommendations, support business continuity, and educate both internal and external customers.

You will respond to a group manager and will work within a product development team of 6. You’re a passionate developer: You are passionate about product development and are able to design and deliver new products including costing, specification creation and product testing protocols.

You possess sound basic knowledge of technical measurements and research methods and are able to analyze and interpret technical data, enjoy problem-solving and the R&D environment.

You are passionate about tea and herbals.

You’re a born leader: You love to lead and coordinate activities and are able to independently make decisions and provide solid recommendations representing the R&D view.

You’re a passionate developer: You are passionate about product development and are able to design and deliver independently.

You’re a dot connector: You are a team leader and are able to build strong relationships and actively guide cross-functional teams.

You’re a storyteller: You are an ambassador of your projects, communicating internally and externally.

Skills and experience:

  • Minimum bachelor's degree • 5+ years of experience in the food industry, preferably in product development and project management.

  • Passion for tea and herbals.

  • Proven project management experience in leading new product implementation from concept to commercialization.

  • SC experience/awareness preferred.

  • Ability to independently execute projects (innovation, Savings, Quality) with moderate complexity and coordinate all R&D activities.

  • Ability to manage stakeholders on both a Regional and Global level.

  • Fully operational in use of ingredients, formulation, process and product design principles.

  • Additionally, will need to work closely with suppliers to develop new ingredients to defined specification.

  • Ability to generate and lead state of the art developmental techniques and consumer testing methodologies to deliver superior products.

  • Excellent working knowledge of digital platforms, SAP, etc.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

The qualities we look for:

ekaterra is made up of a special blend of individuals which make our teams exciting and diverse. To be part of our blend we are looking for individuals who think Green and are environmentally conscious, who understand the power of simplicity and who are accountable for their actions. We want those who infuse mastery and passion in everything they do to create great products and unforgettable experiences for our consumers.

What's in it for you:

We believe that growth is for everyone, we believe in growing leaders, and we believe in making space to grow an owner’s mentality. Like nature, we adapt, we change, and we grow. We believe in connections over hierarchies and work levels. We have a 'corporate start-up' approach; we act with speed and agility, and we have the strength and scale of a large corporation. We are building a better world of wellbeing, and a better you.


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.  For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at NA.Accommodations@unilever.com. Please note: This email is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.

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