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Senior Manager - R&D - Snacks Seasoning

Gurgaon, India
Research and Development

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India - English

Job Description

Auto req ID: 144627BR

Job Description

Main Purpose:

Objective is to deliver unrivalled Flavors Experience for snacks portfolio for IMENA region in line with global flavor strategy and lead challenging renovation programme.

  • Lead seasoning/flavor development from idea inception through finished product commercialization for Egypt, Saudi, India and Bangladesh franchise across all snacks brands.
  • Develop flavor strategies including optimum sourcing routes for all Egypt, Saudi & India snacks incorporating flavor trends and flavor mapping.
  • Lead global projects for which Egypt, Saudi or India are the lead market developing global strategy and ensuring global compatibility

Accountabilities:
  • Set the agenda for seasoning programmes. Collaborate with Insights and Marketing to define flavor strategy for each brand, each demand space, the business-problem-to-solve, and the consumer-problem-to-solve.
  • Lead the renovation strategy for seasonings across IMENA to meet both internal PWP guardrails and external commitments
  • Explore with global flavour function new/existing methods for flavor delivery to create optimal flavor experience
  • Take accountability of identifying technical solutions for IMENA calendar activities. Proactively challenging the suitability and performance of product designs in order to maintain a competitive advantage in terms of product acceptance, unique product design, cost of goods etc.
  • Partner with both internal and external seasoning/flavor developers to leverage their expertise and yours to execute development to optimize performance against flavor briefs.
  • Collaborate with internal/external sensory partners to evaluate consumer response to developed seasonings/flavors. In conjunction with the global flavor function, leverage internal/external analytical & sensory partners to qualify/quantify taste & volatile profiles, and to define seasoning material properties
  • Lead a team of 2 to 3 reports. Indirect staff via project manager line management
  • Leverage expertise inside and outside the organisation to deliver product and process development.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • First Degree or equivalent in a Science or Engineering related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years previous project management experience in FMCG R&D, covering product & process development ideally within flavour development.
  • English is a must (upper-intermediate)
  • Understanding of manufacturing relating to PepsiCo products and processes
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret complex data and distil into meaningful information e.g. interpreting consumer insights, experimental design and statistical inference
  • Strong project management skills to effectively drive a complex project
  • Strong presentation skills (written & verbal)
  • Capable to frequently taste/sample products, discern product design/flavor attributes, and provide qualitative feedback to functional peers, cross functional partners, and suppliers.
  • Seasoning development capability is desirable to drive technical competencies within IMENA and across the flavour function.
  • Deputise as required for R&D Directors to represent R&D interest at key forums (e.g. Foods Innovation Council, operations reviews).
  • Passion for creativity and innovation within a commercially driven environment
  • Strives for high standards, seeks innovative solutions, drives continuous improvement of products and processes and demonstrates a high degree of intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a broader global team.
  • Demonstrated competency to effectively influence individuals/teams/organization using solid communication and collaboration skills.

Relocation Eligible: Not Applicable
Job Type: Regular