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R&D Principal Scientist, Nutrition Sciences

Chicago, Illinois
Research and Development

United States - English

Job Description

Auto req ID: 157383BR

Job Description

The R&D Nutrition Sciences team at PepsiCo is seeking a Principal Scientist to support the North America Nutrition business. This position will lead Nutrition Sciences activities related to the development of new products and claims, external engagement with health care professionals and internal nutrition education efforts for North America Nutrition associates.

Key responsibilities including but not limited to are:

  • Evaluate and translate scientific data to identify market ready opportunities for the business units and advise on the integration of such opportunities for claims and positioning
  • Guide strategies and identify opportunities for clinical research in support of differentiated product claims and health professional communication opportunities
  • Understand nutrition needs of target population to deliver relevant solutions and insights to the business in a format that is readily applicable in consumer products
  • Enable the organization to make informed business decisions on health and wellness related issues in the context of fruits and vegetables and juices
  • Lead internal nutrition education efforts for Sales, Marketing, and R&D on topics of relevance for the fruit and vegetable business
  • Analyze portfolio and create roadmaps to make informed and impactful recommendations for renovation, as well as implement guardrails for innovation
  • Lead planning for corporate and North America Nutrition presence at health care professional conferences in collaboration with corporate and brand marketing and PR teams
  • Network internally and influence highly matrix teams to achieve success. Internal audiences include, but aren’t limited to, research team, regulatory, legal, marketing, product development, consumer insights and sales
  • Maintain a strong network with external influencers in academia, professional, government and trade organizations as well as peers within industry
  • Provide leadership to regional nutrition partners by recognizing opportunities for synergy and collaboration by sharing scientific and technical insights globally



  • Master’s degree in Nutritional Science or a closely related field
  • Ph.D. preferred
  • Registered Dietitian desirable
  • 5+ years in a Nutrition role within the food industry, preferably at a large food manufacturer

Skills and experience required:
  • Translating nutrition science into concise and understandable education for varying internal audiences
  • Utilizing scientific expertise for identification, evaluation and recommendations of nutrition opportunities and challenges in relation to product renovation and innovation
  • Coordinating programs and budgets
  • Championing business education and training for internal audiences
  • Utilizing scientific technical expertise for identification and evaluation of trends and innovations in nutritional science
  • Writing consumer and business facing materials grounded in sound science
  • Utilizing fruit and vegetable science subject matter expertise
  • Working within a North America (US/Canada) market specific regulations

Relocation Eligible: Not Eligible for Relocation
Job Type: Regular

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