R&D Product Development Scientist, RTD and Powdered Beverages

Job Description

Auto req ID: 188956BR

Job Description

This fast-paced driven team of Product Scientists focuses on the development of PepsiCo's diverse beverage portfolio of beverage products by bringing innovative ideas and making a direct impact on our success. This team leads the development and commercialization of new products within the Value added protein space across ready to drink (RTD) and powdered beverages.

The Product Development Scientist will assist with the development of RTD and powdered protein products for retail application from concept through commercialization.

Responsibilities include:

  • Apply development strengths to conduct product development work, which includes the development of bench top prototypes that are safe stable and legal. Needs to have ability to scale-up products for commercialization
  • Have the ability to develop beverage solutions in both powder and liquid formats
  • Conduct in depth research, create reports, and effectively communicate technical results to non-technical employees
  • Effectively conduct trouble shooting and root cause analysis for all product issues
  • Provide technical guidance and insight to cross functional team members to ensure seemless product execution.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, including timely and accurate status updates of development/research
  • Utilization of interpersonal skills to work effectively within teams
  • Demonstrates ability to understand application of consumer research and experimental design to project objectives
  • Accurately maintains Laboratory notebook and follows all safety requirements (e.g. PPE)
  • Actively participate in Marketing and Marketing Research programs, including focus groups and other consumer research formats
  • Develop understanding of strategic ingredients, products, processes and packages to support development of new products/platforms
  • Build strong relationships with relevant internal and external partners


Knowledge & Experience:

  • BS in a Food Science or related discipline
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years of industry experience in product development or 1-2 years experience with Masters degree
  • Ability to provide thought leadership on tactical aspects of projects
  • Outstanding team working and communication skills
  • Ability to analyze and communicate implications of experimental results

Critical Competencies:

  • Experience with RTD and powdered protein beverages desired
  • Experience with hydrocolloids and emulsifying systems desired for the development of protein based beverages
  • Ability to formulation dry blends and experience with dry blending to execute powdered beverage mixes
  • Ability to translate bench scale products (RTD and powdered) into commercial manufacturing scale
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Good time management and organization skills
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written) and experience with building effective client/customer relationships

Relocation Eligible: Not Eligible for Relocation
Job Type: Regular

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