Principal Engineer, R&D Packaging Global Discovery and Applications

Job Description

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Job Description

The PepsiCo Global Discovery and Applications team is a strategic research and development team at PepsiCo aimed at driving innovation and establishing the feasibility of breakthrough Packaging technologies, to enable the winning consumer experience. The D&A team works in cross-functional collaboration towards the innovation and development of highly differentiated packaging concepts and technology platforms by linking consumer insights and emerging technologies to satisfy our business objectives.

In the role of Principal Packaging Engineer you will drive mid to long term packaging innovation technology pipeline and new formats, to deliver against PepsiCo’s beverage innovation platforms. Additionally you will:

  • Develop close partnership with Design Excellence Team, to identify potential innovation opportunities
    Rapid technical feasibility evaluation of differentiated packaging concepts and emerging technologies
    Focus on mid- long term innovation opportunities, with Marketing, Global Procurement, strategic suppliers and OEM interaction
    Ensure complete compliance with Legal requirements (NDAs, SOW, JDAs, MSAs, etc.)
    Connectivity with Technology Ventures Team, to identify potential synergies

Key Responsibilities are:

  • Support efforts with PepsiCo’s Brand Marketing, R&D, Consumer Insights, Global Procurement, and Supply Chain Development Teams to drive packaging innovation
  • Actively participate in Marketing and Marketing Research programs, including focus groups and other consumer research formats
  • Contribute to Research & Insights teams to incorporate packaging requirements into plans
  • Maintain open communication and build strong relationships with multiple functions
  • Provide subject matter expertise in support of new package development and commercialization
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities without impacting timelines
  • Ability to identify risks and issues with appropriated mitigation and to determine when escalation is needed
  • Ability to prioritize risk and quickly identify issue resolution options, pros, cons, and action plan
  • Contribute to Research & insights Teams to incorporate packaging requirements into plans
  • Plan, execute and document results of design evaluation and analysis for new packaging technologies to ensure products can be successfully effectuated within the Global PepsiCo system
  • Maintain open communication and build strong relationships with multiple functions
  • Develop deep understanding of strategic packages, products, and processes to support development of new packaging platforms, and contribute to troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Initiate and perform economic and technical feasibility studies on new packaging platforms delivered through ideation
  • Provide technical support for field issue resolution
  • Create development for all projects
  • Build strong relationships with internal and external partners


  • BS or MS in Mechanical, Chemical, Material Science & Materials, Polymers, Plastics, or Packaging Engineering with 8+ plus years’ experience in related consumer goods field (preferably in rigid packaging)
  • Experience in manufacturing processes for beverages
  • Experience with hot fill, cold fill, retort and aseptic packaging and with both flexible and rigid packaging a plus
  • Strong leadership qualities, verbal and written communication skills, and technical analysis and problem solving skills required

Relocation Eligible: Eligible for Limited Relocation
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.

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