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R&D Senior Food Scientist

United States
Research and Development

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Job Description

Auto req ID: 153327BR

Job Description

Nationwide Opportunities- Please Read:

Just because this role looks like it's located in Purchase, NY doesn't mean it is! At PepsiCo we place R&D Interns/ Full- Time hires primarily in the three headquarter locations: Plano, TX; Chicago/Barrington, IL; Purchase/Valhalla, NY. In some cases, Interns/Full-Time hires will be placed in satellite locations. Location preferences will be discussed in the interview process.

Why PepsiCo?

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader operating in more than 200 countries with a product portfolio that includes 22 world-famous, billion-dollar brands. From Gatorade to Quaker, to LIFEWTR, to Lay’s, we make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world.

Innovation is a critical way we impact the market, as well as communities around the globe. We believe there is value in products, people, and planet. And we strive to make a difference by creating solutions that leave a lasting positive footprint.

Our culture is driven by our employees. No two days are the same; we’re dynamic and full of passionate teams embracing new ideas through our collaborative spirit. At PepsiCo, What Makes You Unique, Makes Us Better!

Functional Description:

As a R&D Scientist with PepsiCo, you will have unique opportunities to increase technical knowledge by participating in the development of a diverse portfolio of beverage and snack product categories. The teams translate strategic market objectives into new products and processes, optimize designs per consumer response and select winning ideas for commercialization. Scientists participate in leading the product development process including new idea generation, prototype development, product optimization and production start-up. Successful candidates thrive in an environment of fast-paced, consumer-driven product development.

What you can expect:

  • Develop product formulations that leverages expertise in food chemistry and food ingredient functionality
  • Design and execute experiments, and analyze and interpret data to make sound technical recommendations on product and process
  • Provide technical risk assessment/perspectives related to new product development
  • Translate product attributes into formal specifications for manufacture
  • Investigate and apply new technology to provide a competitive advantage
  • Partner externally to source ingredients and leverage vendor expertise in ingredient functionality
  • 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

Qualifications/Requirements

What we’re looking for:

  • Currently pursuing a Food Science or related Degree
  • Demonstrated ability to translate business objectives into strategic and tactical project goals and objectives
  • Proven ability to make significant technical scientific advances utilizing internal and/or external resources
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to incorporate business needs into technical decisions
  • Ability and interest to work in laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing scale environments
  • Proven ability to manage multiple assignments/ tasks
  • Familiarity with data science preferred
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Willingness to travel

Minimum Qualifications. Each candidate:

  • Must hold a PhD degree prior to intended full time start date
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without the need for current or future work authorization or visa sponsorship for employment
  • Must pass a drug screen and background investigation

Relocation Eligible: Eligible for Standard Relocation


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

PepsiCo is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Protected Veteran / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

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