PepsiCo Careers

Toxicology Scientist

Leicester, United Kingdom
Research and Development

United Kingdom - English

Job Description

Auto req ID: 157787BR

Job Description

Role: Snr Scientist, Toxicology
Location: Leicester, UK
Salary: competetive, plus car allowance and bonus.

Here at PepsiCo we are looking for a Senior Scientist to join our Scientific Affairs team. With extensive toxicology experience, you will provide critical support to our Global Nutrition Category innovation and development projects.

Reporting to our Scientific Affairs Director, you will represent PepsiCo externally with scientific organisations such as ILSI, and trade associations. You will also participate in discussions with Regulatory Authorities to influence and support the use of science-based approaches as appropriate.
In this role we will look to you to actively monitor new scientific developments in chemical risk assessment, and apply new approaches to support PepsiCo innovation (discovery and applications).

Key Accountabilities

  • Independently conduct safety assessments of new/novel food ingredients, packaging materials, contaminants and manufacturing processes.
  • Own the development of new systems and processes, e.g. decision trees to evaluate novel and new uses of food ingredients and packaging materials.
  • Write technical information papers on various subjects, e.g. risk assessment approaches for a given chemical substance.
  • Provide clear scientific inputs to support the safety assessments and recommendations for incident management.
  • Represent PepsiCo in external scientific fora and/or trade associations (sole representation). Utilise technical expertise to drive and influence decision-making and scientific programs.
  • Act as Scientific Affairs point of contact for projects within the Global Nutrition Category and work in collaboration with other members of Scientific Affairs team to ensure technical advice covers appropriate geographical requirements.
  • Keenly monitor emerging science and provide analysis related to risk assessment, and developments on chemicals of concern.
  • Build a network of external contacts within the food and beverage industry in Europe


To be successful in this role, you will be adept at working autonomously and comfortable with a high degree of decision-making. You will interact with colleagues and external contacts across global teams and multiple regions so will need to have strong communication skills and an agile approach.

In addition, you will need:

  • First Degree or equivalent in a biological sciences related discipline and postgraduate qualification in toxicology or related discipline (PhD preferred)
  • Significant experience in the field of toxicology ideally in the food or chemical industry
  • Advanced toxicology risk assessment skills and ability to conduct and interpret toxicological risk assessments.
  • Ability to explain complex scientific issues/solutions to a non-technical audience with an understanding of the external scientific arena and public perception
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills (written, verbal and software)
  • Strong analytical skills – ability to interpret complex data and distil into useful and actionable information
  • Strives for high standards, seeks innovative solutions, and drives continuous improvement of processes
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility in responding to different cultures.
  • Self-starter, self-motivating - able to deal with uncertainty and complexity
  • Ability to travel internationally as required

Relocation Eligible: Not Applicable
Job Type: Regular