Manager, Design Innovation

Job Description

Auto req ID: 172352BR

Job Description

Why Design Innovation?
Our mission is to drive the innovation agendas for PepsiCo’s Global brands and businesses to help it grow and transform beyond its core. We drive innovation by defining, prototyping, learning and launching strategically aligned and commercially viable new products, services, retail experiences, brands and systems - while eating Cheetos. We challenge and seek to change how PepsiCo works to drive true business innovation.

We are a creatively driven team that leverages the power of Design Thinking to solve business problems that drive meaningful growth. We innovate with intent; to solve real problems, for real people, in the real world. We innovate to incite positive change – for people, brands, business and the world around us. We know what it takes to make ideas a reality and bring that into everything we do.

You are…

  • Self-starting with entrepreneurial spirit

  • Adept managing ambiguity

  • Resilient with hustle

  • A creative multi-disciplinary fluid thinker who never gives up

  • Someone who lives to bring your ideas to life

  • Able to toggle between strategy & execution

  • Empathetic to consumers and internal stakeholders

  • Fluent in design and conversant on emerging food & nutrition trends

  • Passionate about enacting change to improve the world and how we nourish ourselves

What You’ll do:

In this role you will report to a Global Design Innovation Director working in collaboration with other Design & Innovation team members to effectively develop and deliver design strategies and compelling designed experiences (brand, product, packaging, retail, merchandising) that have strategic business value.

Design Innovation & Design Thinking Practitioner: You will help drive the delivery of effective design thinking & innovation projects for PepsiCo’s businesses and partner with teams in delivering strategies that can identify new opportunities, new products, and new experience that deliver against business goals.

You should be comfortable managing the ambiguity inherent in design processes. You will manage and drive design methodologies (tools, techniques) and provide input into design proposals (visions, scenarios) in order to execute against creative engagements and visualize the desired creative output.

You will showcase your expert ability within design thinking, which underpins all our engagements. You pollinate design thinking within the organization through practical design methodologies, solving complex branding problems and uncovering transformation opportunities to help brands get the most out of their design investments.

Strategic Project Management: You’ll work on projects that have critical business significance and influence and advise on the strategy, planning, project management while working in a multi-disciplinary environment, collaborating with interdisciplinary teams. You’ll synthesize research and business needs to ensure identified opportunities & design strategies result in sustainable growth and returns for the business.

You will showcase:

  • Excellent team collaboration

  • Champion design thinking across the organization, educating while collaborating

  • Draw on diverse perspectives to solve design problems and drive effective solutions

  • Articulate design vision through prototyping, scenario modeling, strategic roadmaps, etc.

  • Collaborate closely with researchers, marketers, media teams to cross-pollinate ideas, methods, and approaches

  • Build and evolve methodologies, nurture the maturity of the design & innovation capabilities

  • Provide mentorship and support the professional development to junior team members

  • Work collaboratively to build relationships and get things done through formal and informal channels

  • Proven ability to effectively incorporate research (including primary and secondary research) in strategic design processes


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of experience, with a minimum of 3 years (recent) in a strategic design innovation role
  • Undergraduate degree(s) in Product Design, Architecture, Engineering, Design Innovation, Brand Design, Design Strategy and/or Masters/MBA

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven experience in Brand Strategy, Design Strategy, Innovation & Product Development
  • Proven track record of strong leadership, team management skills and a strategic acumen
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary environment, influencing interdisciplinary teams
  • Superior project management and design management skills; attention to detail
  • Compelling presentation and proposal skills
  • Proven ability to multi-task, work in ambiguous and dynamic work environment; is comfortable with risk and uncertainty
  • Able to effectively incorporate research (including primary and secondary research) in strategic design processes
  • Must be willing and able to travel 20% of the time

Relocation Eligible: Not Applicable
Job Type: Regular

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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