R&D Associate Scientist

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Auto req ID: 206432BR

Job Description

PepsiCo Saudi Snacks for Foods Limited established in 1995 with 2 plants in Riyadh & Dammam & more than 2,500 employees in KSA & UAE. Our brands include Lays, Doritos, Sunbites, Cheetos, Tasali & Quaker.
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Main Purpose:
Working within MENA R&D, this position will support product development and technical brands agenda of Doritos & Pellets of Gulf & Levant Foods BU. This position report directly to R&D Sr. Scientist / Engineer based in Riyadh.

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Manage all technical aspects of Doritos & Pellets products by maintaining existing products specifications, developing new products from concept to launch, include LTOs, refresh, select reframe projects to develop winning consumer propositions that drive sustainable business growth

  • Effectively manage multiple projects; innovation, productivity and brand stewardship of Doritos & Pellets.
  • Lead Doritos & Pellets AOP projects and PSP initiatives from Idea Hopper to Launch & Learn of Refresh and select reframe projects.
  • Develop, plan, conduct, and coordinate product development initiatives to use experimental design and data interpretation tools to make technically sound recommendations to business.
  • Engage with Gulf & Levant Foods BU GP & SC to support and manage technical aspects of productivity agendas of Doritos & Pellets.
  • Develop product against consumer and business KPIs by leveraging available resources including R&D Laboratory tools, bench top, factory equipment, pilot plants, supplier’s technical assets.
  • Coordinate samples requirements with manufacturing plants, global R&D function etc. for NPD, internal screening, bench taste, sensory test, consumer test, shelf life stability, sales samples, scale-up trials, and other needs.
  • Develop & review FC, business P&L and finalize product and ingredient specifications with PQP guardrails.
  • Develop an understanding and demonstrate the application of consumer product testing; sensory and analytical etc. to deliver superior products to the market and establish product intelligence. Actively participate in marketing research programs including focus groups and other consumer research formats.
  • Lead Accolade and Technical Stage Gate and related work for his/her project and ensure timely completion of all TSG stages and its deliverables.
  • Develop project briefs/Global Innovation Briefs (GIB) and seek R&D and other cross functional alignment (especially Marketing and Supply Chain).
  • Lead exploration of new ingredients, formulation and process technologies and leverage expertise inside and outside the organization to deliver new product and process development.
  • Represent R&D on multi-functional business teams and Influence others through strong communication & interpersonal skills.
  • Develop and execute projects utilizing solid technical project management tools and skills to ensure objectives are accomplished on time, to the agreed standards and within budget.
  • Provide regular progress updates against agreed deliverables & objectives and timely communication of issues to all primary sponsors and stakeholders.
  • Execute the new product launch flawlessly through the use of sound project management principles and the application of strategic decision-making tools.
  • Act as the guardian of quality for the brands; owning product, process and material design standards and owner of product specifications and tracking in-market performance through CQA & PQMd.
  • Support TBM to deliver Reframe & Breakthrough innovations through participation in trials, commissioning and launch.



Graduation degree in Food Science /Engineering (Chemical/industrial) / Food & Nutrition/Pharma

Work Experience:
  • Must have FMCG /RD experience of + 2 year
  • Preference for experience in Product development/R&D function.
  • Excellent knowledge of food production and processes.
  • Reasonable Knowledge of product development tools.
  • Good working knowledge of food science principles.
  • Ability to create product formulations delivering consumer winning products
  • Excellent knowledge of experimental design.
  • Ability to plan and conduct factory trials.
  • Good knowledge of statistical analysis and interpret data.
  • Good Knowledge of consumer testing protocols.
  • Skills & Abilities:
  • Passion for creativity and innovation within a commercially driven environment.
  • Proven record of launching at least couple of innovation in the market.
  • Ability to work in Factory/Plant environment in collaboration with diverse nationality workforce.
  • Self-starter, self-motivating – very high drive for results and able to deal with uncertainty and complexity.
  • Excellent PC skills (Excel, Word, Power Point, MS projects and internet).
  • Cultural sensitivity/flexibility in responding to diverse cultures/work styles.
  • Ability to travel locally and internationally as required by project.
  • Good understanding/appreciation of the broader business environment and application of technical and commercial knowledge during project execution.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate with Supply Chain, Marketing, equipment & materials suppliers and consumer testing agencies.
  • Strives for ambitious standards, seeks innovative solutions, drives continuous improvement of products, processes or methods and demonstrates a high degree of intellectual curiosity.
  • Good presentation skills (written & verbal).
  • Possess strong work ethic, high degree of self-confidence, self-reliance and ability to be a self-starter.
  • Possess ability to function effectively in a diverse & dynamic work environment as well as manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Adapts to change well with the personal leadership to influence and positively motivate self and peers.
  • Outstanding teamwork and communication skills with ability to communicate and negotiate effectively across all levels and all functions of the organization
  • Strong in organization, documentation and time management skills.

Job Type: Regular