Job Status: Filled

Senior R&D Scientist (Wine Jobs: Management & Administration)

Full Time

  Patco Brands

  Sausalito, California

Patco Brands is one of the fastest growing beverage companies in the United States. Independently owned, Patco has established itself by using 100% Blue Weber Agave and a proprietary process to innovate within the fast growing ready-to-drink spirits category.

Patco Brands is a maker of margaritas, tequila, hard seltzers, Irish cream liqueur, and other spirits, under our own brands and for private labels. Our own brands, with nationwide distribution, include:

· Rancho La Gloria Ready to Drink Margaritas

· TX Ranch Water Co Hard Seltzer

· Pipers Irish Country Cream

· Magave Tequila

· Dough Ball Whiskey

Patco products are sold in every major retailer including Costco, H.E.B., Kroger’s, Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods Market, just to name a few.


Our Senior R&D Scientist will be in our Sausalito office and assist in new and current product development for formulated wine, beer, and spirit beverage categories.  The ideal candidate has an impeccable palate, is highly organized and has experience working with alcoholic beverage formulation.



·       Drive new product development processes including formulation trials, stability testing, and prototype development of RTD cocktails, hard seltzers, wines, and spirits

·       Work with other departments in supporting new product development

·       Be proactive with improvement of products

·       Manage and lead projects such as: creating technical plans, risk management, and supplier mitigation plans from concept to commercialization

·       Work with flavor and ingredient suppliers (and internal procurement team) to ensure steady source of ingredients are available

·       Stay on top of alcohol trends in industry

·       Collaborate with Legal on formula filings and ensure compliance of product development

·       Work with Executive Team on managing technical timelines for new products and research projects

·       Assist with preparation of sensory samples, help with compound dilutions and blending for production

·       Advise on formulation requirements for regulatory and label considerations

·       Coordinate testing for products as required

·       Ensure FDA or TTB requirement activities are compliant

·       Conduct product quality tests including shelf life and product stability studies

·       Manage lab space and equipment and assist with general lab operation

·       Document all experimental procedures in a laboratory or digital notebook


·       BS or higher degree in preferably Food Science/Chemistry or related discipline

·       5+ year’s experience in consumer product development

·       Experience implementing processes in food and beverage product development

·       Experience managing and development a team of food scientists

·       Strong knowledge of TTB and/or food and beverage regulatory compliance

·       Passionate about food and beverage, and especially alcohol beverage products

·       Exceptional palate and sensory skills

·       Highly organized

·       Strong communication skills









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