2024 Full Time: R&D Sr. Engineer (PhD)




Valhalla, NY


Position summary


PepsiCo is a playground for curious people. We invite thinkers, doers, and changemakers to champion innovation, take calculated risks, and challenge the status quo. From executives to leaders on the frontline, we're excited about the future. We take chances. Together, we dare to make the world a better place.

Our associates are the magic ingredient. Each of them plays an integral role in helping create deep connections between people and our products. Think about your last group celebration: Chances are, one of our iconic brands was by your side. At PepsiCo, you're invited to be a part of a global team of innovators who make, move, and sell these products-which are enjoyed by more than 1 billion people a day.

A career at PepsiCo means working in a culture where everyone's invited. Here, you can dare to be yourself. No matter who you are or where you're from, you can influence the people around you and the world at large. By showing up, you'll have the opportunity to learn, develop, and grow our unique skill sets at work. Our supportive teams can fuel your professional goals to make a global impact.

Join us. Dare for Better.

Functional Description:

At PepsiCo we place R&D Full- Time hires primarily in the two headquarter locations: Plano, TX; Purchase/Valhalla, NY. In some cases, Full-Time hires will be placed in satellite locations. Location preferences will be discussed in the interview process.

As a R&D Senior Engineer, you will collaborate with cross functional teams comprising technical experts within the R&D function, as well as business unit leaders to design, execute, and launch new innovative products across PepsiCo's portfolio. You will play a critical role in the innovation lifecycle by providing your insight and technical expertise from ideation through product launch.


What you can expect:

• Design and develop process test protocols, lead the execution of plant trials, and analyze/communicate test results for potential new product launches.

• During plant trials, leverage strong leadership and problem-solving skills to troubleshoot processing issues and make quick informed decisions on your feet within the dynamic manufacturing environment.

• Collaborate with third-party equipment vendors and suppliers to design, optimize, and/or validate food and beverage processing technologies.

• Be exposed to cross-functional teams within and beyond R&D, including marketing, sensory, analytical, operations, and strategy, from domestic and international markets.

• Have opportunities to expand technical knowledge and education beyond your current expertise through internal PepsiCo R&D education programs, as well as external collaborations with universities.

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What we're looking for:

• Currently pursuing Engineering Degree (Chemical/Food Process/Mechanical/Electrical)

• Demonstrated ability to translate business objectives into strategic and tactical project goals and objectives

• Proven ability to make significant technical scientific advances utilizing internal and/or external resources

• Demonstrated understanding of how to incorporate business needs into technical decisions

• The ability and interest to work in laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing scale environments

• Proven ability to manage multiple assignments/ tasks

• Familiarity with data science preferred

• Strong communication skills (oral and written)

• Willingness to travel up to 25%

Minimum Qualifications - Each candidate is expected to:

• Be completing their final year of graduate studies

• Must hold a PhD degree prior to intended full time start date

• This position is limited to persons with indefinite right to work in the United States

EEO Statement

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.

If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the available EEO is the Law & EEO is the Law Supplement documents. View PepsiCo EEO Policy.

  • The expected compensation range for this role based on a full-time schedule is $113,800 - $128,000.

  • Role, degree discipline, degree level, and location are part of the process when determining actual starting salary for positions

  • Compensation for our campus hires is pre-determined and non-negotiable

  • In addition to salary, PepsiCo offers a comprehensive benefits package to support our employees and their families, subject to elections and eligibility: Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Health and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Insurance (Accident, Group Legal, Life), Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. Paid time off is subject to eligibility, including paid parental leave, vacation, sick, and bereavement

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Why you should apply for a job to PepsiCo:

  • Ranked as one of the Best Companies for Women in 2019

  • 4.2/5 in supportive management

  • 78% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

  • 78% would recommend this company to other women

  • 87% say the CEO supports gender diversity

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  • Work that Works program offers balanced independence & support to create a flexible, adaptive and productive working environment

  • 6 weeks of paid Parental Leave to new moms and new dads after the birth or adoption of a child

  • Center-based and in-home, back-up childcare is available for up to 15 days per year per employee