Position:  Formulation Scientist – Food and Beverage
Location:  Nanaimo, British Columbia
Job Id:  717
# of Openings:  1

Formulation Scientist – Food and Beverage, Nanaimo, BC
Tilray is a federally licensed producer of medical cannabis. We are committed to setting the gold standard of care and excellence in our industry. We believe that commitment starts with a great work environment and benefits for our associates.
Looking to develop your career at the forefront of a rapidly expanding industry?
Ready to apply your talents to make a positive difference in the lives of patients across the country?
The Formulation Scientist – Food and Beverage is accountable to and interacts directly with the Product R&D Manager. The Formulation Scientist - Food and Beverage will be responsible for the research and development of new cannabis consumer products for adult use, with a focus on food products and beverages.
As a Formulation Scientist, you will have unique opportunities to increase technical knowledge by participating in the development of a diverse portfolio of beverage and snack product categories. Successful candidates thrive in an environment of fast-paced, consumer-driven product development.
This role requires close collaboration with internal stakeholders such as marketing, operations, supply chain, quality, and any applicable third-party agencies. The Formulation Scientist supports all activities required to develop, optimize and scale-up a stable and robust formulation to make it suitable for commercial production, adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Develop beverage, food, and other consumer product formulations, leveraging expertise in food chemistry and food ingredient functionality
  • Assist in the formulation and development of novel nutraceuticals in a variety of delivery applications with emphasis on achieving appealing flavor, color and other organoleptic properties
  • Design and execute experiments, and analyze and interpret data to make sound technical recommendations on product and process
  • Investigate and apply new technology to provide a competitive advantage
  • Partner externally to source ingredients and leverage vendor expertise in ingredient functionality
  • Provide expertise in techniques for isolation of volatile compounds from food, beverage and packaging
  • Translate product attributes into formal specifications for manufacture
  • Lead development for quality/product improvement and productivity initiatives
  • Participate as an active member of cross-functional business development teams comprised of individuals from a variety of disciplines, including Marketing, Finance, Purchasing, Engineering and many others
  • Be responsible for ensuring shelf stability and safety of new formulations
  • Present findings regularly with marketing and R&D departments.
  • Evaluate feedback and make necessary changes to formulas
  • Research and summarize relevant topics for active work streams and new marketable products
  • Strong writing skills and ability to record and formalize data and processes according to Company and Health Canada directives
  • Maintain a clean laboratory environment and ensure that safety regulations are followed. Perform calibration and maintenance on laboratory instruments/ equipment as required.


  • Degree in a technical field (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology–related field, Nutrition and/or Food Science). PhD is considered an asset.
  • Minimum 4+ years Product Development Experience (on Beverages and/or Food preferred) which require both formulation, packaging, and process to create.
  • Demonstrated expertise and strong knowledge of flavor, analytical, and food chemistry
  • Previous experience working with cannabis and/or exceptional knowledge of its properties and how it uniquely reacts when infused into digestible preferred, but not required
  • Enthusiasm for research / computation and hands-on experimentation and formulations.
  • Attention to detail and efficiency in a laboratory setting
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Self-motivated problem solver and the drive to deliver objectives in a complex environment.
  • The ability to plan, put together well thought out design of experiments, anticipate next steps and incorporate course corrections when hurdles appear.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Executional excellence, personal leadership and customer focus a must
  • Ability to learn new products and processes quickly

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