Vita Coco, the leading coconut water brand, launched in 2004 when two friends, Michael Kirban and Ira Liran learned about the tropical elixir after a chance encounter at a New York City bar. Not only did their discovery bring coconut water into the mainstream beverage aisle, it rebranded coconut water as a premium lifestyle drink and helped propel the trend of natural-functional beverages. Fast forward 17 years, and Vita Coco is available in 30 countries and has expanded coconut water into new occasions with innovations like Vita Coco Sparkling, Pressed, Coconut milk, and Coconut Oil.

In 2018, All Market Inc., the parent company created by Michael and Ira, expanded into a true portfolio company, making it one of the largest independent and privately-owned beverage companies in the world. With the acquisition of RUNA, a clean energy drink, and the creation of Ever & Ever, an environmentally-minded, sustainably-packaged water category, the company is changing the ready-to-drink beverage landscape by offering its consumers better-for-you, yet convenient, options. Despite massive growth and success, AMI maintains the same entrepreneurial spirit on which it was founded, with a can-do culture that’s just beginning to tap the potential of the better-for-you beverage space.

Vita Coco is headquartered in New York City with international offices in Singapore and London.

The Contract Product Developer will be a key member of the R&D team and will partner with the Product Developer to help drive development and execution of commercialization of new products. This role will be a 6 month assignment with a future possibility of turning into a full time Product Development position at Vita Coco. This role is based out of our NYC HQ office.

Reporting to the Director of Product Development, AMI’s Product Developer (Interim) will oversee and drive excellence across New Product Development, including innovation and brand maintenance. Our Product Developer (Interim) will use their rigorous knowledge of Food Science and End to End Commercialization to bring new products from concept to the retail store. S/He will support new recipe development through tastings, document management, regulatory compliance, new product start ups and more.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for supporting the Product Developer in end-to-end new product commercialization
  • Encompasses a knowledge of recipe development and ingredient performance
  • Tasks include but are not limited to: Concept scoping, recipe development, tastings and product evaluations, document management, graphics reviews and cost evaluations
  • Understands and evaluates ingredients, specifications and regulatory documentation
  • Experience performing and managing production trials. Organizing material orders, production set up, process flows and trial support
  • Coordinates details for new product start-ups including Bill of Materials and specification packages
  • Embraces best practices of R&D and strong technical rigor, while able to work in a fast paced and rapidly changing environment
  • A strong cross functional team member, able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization and external partners

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science
  • 1-3 years of experience in Product Development and/or Research and Development
  • Strong technical knowledge of Food Science, New Product Development and food & beverage manufacturing
  • Organized project manager with strong track record of supporting successful product launches
  • Detail and result oriented with strong prioritization and organizational skills
  • Performs a variety of concurrent tasks and thrives in entrepreneurial environments
  • Strong analytical skills with strong written and oral communication
  • Results-oriented, strategic thinker with a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • A team player by nature with a strong set of personal and business values
  • Superior analytical skills and attention to detail

We currently have a 2 day per week in office requirement, to work from our office successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.

The Vita Coco Company is committed to the principles of equal employment. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, and all other employment laws and regulations. It is our intent to maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status, gender identity or expression), physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, military service, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. The Company is dedicated to the fulfillment of this policy in regard to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, placement, transfer, training, promotion, rates of pay, and other compensation, termination, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.