R&D Drinks Development Intern - Summer 2023



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About The Group


From a small store in Turin to a large, internationally recognized group: we are present in 90 countries around the world, with over 4,000 employees and 30 companies, managed directly and indirectly by the Luigi Lavazza Spa parent company, which distribute and market our products and coffee machines. In addition to Lavazza, the following brands are also part of our Group: Carte Noire, Merrild, Kicking Horse, Eraclea and Whittington tea.


Joining Lavazza means doing business with passion, knowing that the impact of our work goes beyond the quality of the production chain. We are a big family and we are constantly looking for new talents who share our values and can enrich our team.



Job Purpose/Overview


At Lavazza, the Summer 2023 R&D Drinks Development Intern is responsible for assisting with the development of new products (single serve, roast & ground, and/or ready-to-drink), conducting base-level research, completing production trials, and defining process parameters. During this internship, the intern will not only gain exposure to their desired industry, but will be able to gain exposure in all departments within Lavazza. 

Location: West Chester, PA



Key Responsibilities


  • Design and execute new product line trials with the production team- including the generation of line specifications/test methods, analysis of line test results, and providing recommendations for appropriate adjustments to product formulas and/or processes.
  • Collaborate with suppliers to bring emerging ingredients and technology to continuous improvement projects, new product innovation, and supply continuity initiatives.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with the global R&D team, as well as cross-functionally.
  • Research and understand current market trends as well as competitor activities and translate of that knowledge into new product development



Job Specifications/Qualifications


  • Post high-school education and pursuing a four-year college degree in life-science or adjacent field 
  • Strong working knowledge of the scientific method, manufacturing processes, quality assurance principles, ingredient supply market and market research practices
  • Ability to work proactively with internal and external customers and stakeholders.
  • Proficient in current computer programs and databases (MS Office, Minitab, Power BI, etc.)
  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to effectively summarize/communicate technical data to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Creative technical development and/or problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated and intellectually curious
  • Drive to solve challenges through iterative prototyping





  • Hybrid work model
  • Mentor Program
  • Weekly professional development workshops
  • Onsite cafeteria and gym
  • Flexible business casual dress code policy – jean friendly
  • Fun trainings with our coffee Trainers
  • Ability to be barista certified
  • Free coffee, anytime!





Lavazza is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Lavazza prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.








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