Product Development Scientist/Engineer

Salary Competitive


Kaffe Bueno needs an Product Development Scientist to unlock the value proposition of both products in the market and in pipeline through research, experimentation, and project management. In turn, helping the company accelerate market penetration timelines of products in pipeline, as well as value added to our customers and the industry. 

Having a wide product pipeline, with over 15 launches planned until 2026 within Personal Care (Cosmetics), Food & Beverage, Nutraceuticals, and Biomaterials, we need someone with a chemistry background and product/ingredient development experience. 

As an application scientist, you will not only be responsible for developing end-product formulations to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of our ingredients. 



We expect our next Product Development Scientist/Engineer to support us on the following: 

  • Develop new sustainable ingredients and relevant product formulations in all the product categories (Personal Care, Food & Beverages, Nutraceuticals) according to the Product Pipeline Document by: 

  • Planning, and executing product development trials using the Kaffe Bueno’s upstream and/or downstream products using Green and Sustainable Bio/Chemistry Principles. This will involve procuring ingredients when needed, communicating with the team, and suggestions for ongoing process/quality improvement. 

  • Documenting and sharing the results, analyzing data, drawing conclusions and making recommendations for improving upstream/downstream process steps. 

  • Supervise and carry out lab operations to ensure the availability of product and ingredient samples and prototypes to ensure customer needs are met. 

  • Translate and transfer new technical ideas into deliverable new product and ingredients concepts which are aligned with Kaffe Bueno’s Innovation Strategy.  

  • Lead applied research projects for re-positioning of existing products through performance evaluation towards new claims, modification of existing products to adapt to new market needs. 

  • Work with varied forms of formulations, including emulsions and surfactant systems, for applications in the product categories. 

  • Prepare documentation for each product, and check that the documents are in accordance with internal, external, and regulatory requirements. 

  • Evaluate, analyze, and approve raw materials and benchmark products. You have good knowledge in raw materials and can source new innovative ingredients. 

  • Determine the required stability tests on the products and then plan and/or perform them,  

  • Develop instructions for manufacturing the new products and ingredients and participate in the upscaling of the product in the manufacturing. 

  • Provide technical assistance in creating marketing sales sheets and product education. Help troubleshoot formula & stability issues. 

  • Work closely with marketing and other partners on defining brand innovation strategy to meet target consumer needs and develop new launches. 

  • Participate in the project kick-off meetings with internal and external teams. Identify new opportunities to leverage external innovation sources through collaboration with different industries, academic institutions, business partners, contract manufacturers and raw material suppliers.  

  • Stay updated on consumer, market and competition understanding and propose insights to support business growth. 

  • Make scale up of processes and optimization, cost saving and lead-time reducing suggestions. 

  • Identify opportunities for capital investment in lab capability, make proposal to management, executing upon approval.  

  • Discover and report strengths and weaknesses of our ingredients through formulation work and market research. 

  • Propose product development opportunities based on customer pains and needs. 


  • You are passionate about Sustainability, Environment, Upcycling, Circular Economy and Sustainable Development. 

  • You love science, engineering and product development and most likely studied in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related science field (MSc). 

  • You have experience (3+ years) in formulating products, and some of your formulations have been successfully launched into the market.  

  • You have been in a production environment, and have experience in collecting and interpreting technical data, including sensory, analytical, and commercialization. 

  • You have worked with natural ingredients, petrochemicals, and/or synthetics and gathered knowledge and understanding of the functionality of ingredients in various product categories and applications. 

  • You are comfortable with ambiguity, capable of exploring innovative ideas and transforming them into deliverable product concepts. 

  • You objectively read and interpret scientific findings. 

  • You have a good working knowledge of QMS, GMPs, Health and Safety regulations. These can include some other regulatory requirements such as, Fair Trade, Organic, GMO and sustainability programs and documentation systems. 

  • You are curious, friendly, humble, structured, calm, analytical and goal oriented. 

  • You are methodical and creative. 

  • You can handle multiple projects and manage a team to deliver it. 

  • You are comfortable with a fast-paced work environment, with change, and structures in the process of being built. 

Perks and benefits

This job comes with several perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Flexible working hours

Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

Free coffee / tea
Free coffee / tea

Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.

Near public transit
Near public transit

Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

Social gatherings
Social gatherings

Social gatherings and games; hang out with your colleagues.

Free office snacks
Free office snacks

Peckish after lunch? We got your back with soft drinks, treats and fruit.

Free friday beers
Free friday beers

Friday is something special, let's enjoy a beer together.

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Working at
Kaffe Bueno

Kaffe Bueno is a Danish bioscience company based in Copenhagen, we upcycle coffee by-products into active and functional ingredients for cosmetics, nutraceuticals and functional foods. Our vision is to change the world sees coffee - from a caffeinated beverage to a sustainable resource for health and wellbeing. Our mission is to unlock coffee's health and commercial potential by taking advantage of the whole spectrum of its bioactive compounds. Some of the things we do: - Produce KAFFOIL: an active cosmetic ingredient upcycled from coffee grounds. It's used for healthy ageing, hair care, moisturising, and improving the skin barrier. You can find it in over 15 brands worldwide, including NIVEA. KAFFOIL is also used as an ingredient in food & beverage. - Produce KAFFIBRE: upcycled defatted coffee fibre used as an ingredient in cosmetics and food & beverage. - Circular partnerships: we upcycle spent coffee grounds from local businesses in Denmark into toiletries (hand soaps, shampoos, lotions and creams) and have a private label brand for these. - New products coming soon, all derived from molecules from within coffee.

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