Beyond Meat

El Segundo, CA, United States

Posted on: 2022-05-13

Category: food

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Scientist I - Formulation

About the company:


By shifting from animal to plant-based meat, we can positively affect the planet, the environment, the climate and even ourselves. After all, the positive choices we make every day – no matter how small – can have a great impact on our world.


At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.


Beyond Meat is focused on raising the bar on talent.  We are dedicated to shaping an inclusive culture that drives excellence, innovation, and results by enabling talent acceleration and development, engagement, and the employee experience.  The R&D Innovation Team is a matrix organization within Beyond Meat that is dedicated to creating food products that are leading the gold standard in plant-based proteins.  The Innovation team is seeking an outstanding Scientist to join Beyond Meat to further expand our Formulation and New Product Development capabilities at the company’s headquarters in El Segundo, CA. The candidate will be a resident expert in state-of-the-art formulation methods for new product development. They will use their excellent problem solving, formulation, research, and analytical skills to develop impactful research insights and meaningfully contribute to new product development.

This successful, self-motivated, creative, team oriented, resourceful, adaptable, and results-oriented Scientist has a record of successfully completing complex research questions leading to meaningful results, product/technology development, and process development.  They will demonstrate a high degree of independence, leadership, and development expertise.  Recognized and relied-upon as a subject matter expert capable of developing independent ideas and work products with significant impact, they will raise the technical level of the team. In addition, they have extensive, broad and state-of-the-art food technical expertise as evidenced by a significant body of successful projects.  

You will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact in our core scientific understanding, initiate creative product development, and develop into leadership roles using the skills described herein. 

Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.

Please note that Beyond Meat has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees. All U.S. employees who (a) physically enter a Beyond Meat facility in the United States, (b) represent Beyond Meat at work-related events, including but not limited to trade shows and product demonstrations, or (c) physically enter customer or potential customer sites in connection with their work for Beyond Meat must take all necessary steps to be Fully Vaccinated as a condition of employment, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.


  • Plan, execute, and oversee research plans and experiments
  • Prepare feedback, reports, and guidance for communication to internal teams and independent research proposals for future work. Prepare administrative reports or planning documents for the supervisor
  • Develop food products (plant-based and alternatives preferred) with superior design leveraging ingredient functionality, food design and processing  
  • Design and execute experiments, analyze & interpret data to make sound technical recommendations on product & process needs
  • Collaborate with different functional teams to ensure robust and safe product formulation and assembly 
  • Efficiently develop prototypes to speed up the delivery of products 
  • Participation in sensory tastings may be required from time to time
  • Perform other assigned tasks as needed

  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to solve the technical aspects and achieve the project goals
  • Manage and supervise Junior Scientists, Food Technologists, and/or Research Associates in the planning and execution of formulation research and product development work
  • Conduct literature searches as well as analyze scientific articles to identify recent trends and developments in the field of food science and technology
  • Supervisory Duties

  • Manage and supervise Junior Scientists, Research Associates, and/or Food Technologists
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Technical Skills, and/or Previous Experience

  • Ph.D. in scientific discipline or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4+ years of research experience and/or 1+ years of post-graduate experience
  • Extensive experience in development of food and related products with tailored texture, sensory, nutritional quality; Plant-based product development experience is required 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, data documentation, and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to independently manage multiple projects at one time
  • Proven track record of being able to work with strict deadlines in a highly demanding and dynamic environment

  • Other Qualifications

  • The ability to work closely with Senior Leadership by communicating ongoing progress updates 
  • The ability to work in a team environment and be self-directed 
  • This position may require the ability to work rotating shifts or beyond business hours

  • Position requires the ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods, climb, kneel, bend, and consistently lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Position located in a mix of typical laboratory and office environments, and requires a tolerance for high worker traffic, close quarters, noise, odors, dust, periodically wet and dirty floors, and varying room temperatures and lighting