Senior Research Scientist - Open to flexible working

Bishop's Stortford
04 May 2022
01 Jun 2022
Diageo - Workday Production
Contract Type

Role Summary

This role delivers technical output that carries financial impact and that consistently delivers on the innovation business critical metrics/needs. You will balance multiple complex projects, initiatives and work streams with minimal guidance from manager and L4 technical mentors. Using commercial and consumer insight, acting as a source of technical and creative expertise to your cross functional project teams. You will recommend, design and influence the business to implement new product/ technical solutions for application in market. You will be consistently broadening your experience via project work in different subject areas, research programs and/or beverage categories.

Technical Leadership Expectations

Organizational Impact and Influence

Consistent track record of handling complex technical projects (internally or externally). Can effectively prioritize objectives to achieve the best business results. Takes the lead within their area/ functional expertise; shaping their own destiny in terms of project delivery.

Decision Making / Problem Solving

Shows tenacity in dealing with complex time consuming issues; successfully identifies, analyzes and solves problems with minimal guidance. Anticipates key technical/ commercial issues and integrates data and knowledge to recommend timely, optimal business solutions. Raises issues with appropriate context and views obstacles as solvable challenges.

Communication Skills

Cultivates a culture of openness and information sharing. Proactively feeds information to keep sr. management well informed; effectively caters message to audience (across the functions and with business partners). Can interpret and simplify complex technical issues into key messages and recommendations.

Independent Judgment

Consistently demonstrates sound independent judgment, even in times of tight deadlines and budget constraints. Reaches conclusive decisions after fully researching alternatives. Identifies and turns insights into actions. Responds quickly and effectively to changes in project needs and priorities. Prioritizes the delivery of the business/ project goals above personal technical achievements - will comfortably seek out peer/ management support when needed to achieve results.

Functional Requirements

Subject Area Specific Capabilities

Expert knowledge in one relevant technical discipline is required. The role requires the ability to leverage knowledge in other technical disciplines. Actively initiates creative ways of working and fosters a climate where creative thinking flourishes. The individual demonstrates deep accountability for the end-to-end project execution.

Research Science:

  • Recognized as an expert in scientific discipline across Diageo technical teams
  • Demonstrated strength in at least on additional discipline and solid understanding of several
  • Working knowledge product and process technologies related to project assignments
  • Good working knowledge of all business aspects relating to project areas
  • Has growing insight in commercial science, and uses this to invent new technical opportunities
  • Has good links to external experts, and leverages their expertise to hone experimental designs and interpretation
  • Leverages other internal scientists to define, improve and implement project work
  • Actively participates on and influences cross-functional teams to deliver business results
  • Presents project status to Technical and Innovation management, gaining support through clear communication of technical results and business impact.

About You

Education - Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Engineering, Food Science, or related subject area required. Additional certifications including Masters or PhD preferred. Engineering or Applied Science Degree or recognised technical equivalent

Experience - Requires 5+ years of relevant project and/or research experience (food or beverage) including doctoral or post-doctoral research. Experienced in leading project teams; consistent track record of handling technical projects through to execution.


We offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including bonus, flexible benefit allowance, product allowance, shares and much, much more!


This is key to success in our business and many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time and compressed hours. Please talk to us about what flexibility means to you and don't let anything stop you from applying.

Diversity statement

Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to Diageo's purpose of "celebrating life every day everywhere". This purpose is, in itself, inclusive in nature, as it values everybody irrespective of background, disability, religion, gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity.

We know that for our business to thrive and for Diageo to realize its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.