R&D Operation Excellence Associate Manager




Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Position summary


This role will support ME BU R&D Main purpose of the role is drive R&D operational excellence in for MENA-Pak R&D. Additionally this role will provide support to ME R&D lead for new ventures and business models


Dimension 1: Product Development lead for emerging snacks

  • Product development lead for AFH for Saudi under strategic growth platforms framework and sustainability agenda.

  • Technical leadership support for select AOP and PSP initiatives from Idea Hopper to Launch and Learn.

  • Develop product against Consumer and Business KPIs by leveraging available resources including pilot plants, factory equipment, supplier's technical assets.

  • Develop project briefs/Global Innovation Briefs and seek cross functional alignment (especially Marketing and Supply Chain).

  • Develop an understanding and demonstrate the application of consumer product testing; sensory, analytical etc. to deliver superior products to the market and establish product intelligence.

Dimension 2: MENA-PAK Operational Excellence Roles & Responsibilities

  • This role sits in middle of all R&D functions including PD, Packaging, TDC and Life Sciences and provides and enable transparency on priorities.

  • Integrate & deliver visibility of Regional Project Portfolio and resource allocation.

  • Anchors as single point of contact for measuring R&D performance for MENA-PaK region.

  • Full ownership of MENA-Pak R&D score card covering all aspects including performance of Innovation,Productivity, TBS and drive Speed to Market culture on Faster, Stronger, Better and The PepsicoWay framework.

  • End to end leadership on Process Governance of Technical Stage Gate covering innovation, productivity, and technical brands stewardship in support with R&D and commercialization teams.

  • Work very closely with sector and global excellence team and will ensure bringing best practices in the MENA-Pak R&D for faster innovation, productivity and TBS processes.

  • Acts as Super User on R&D and Business performance tools such as Accolade/ myinnovation, Power steering...etc

  • Provides and enable transparency on priorities for all R&D functions including PD, Packaging, TDC and Life Sciences.

  • Provide Governance to MENA-PAK Productivity agenda.

  • Owns MENA-Pak R&D budget and ensure tracking throughout the year and provide regular updates.

  • This role provides leadership on designing and executing critical business reviews like BU GMs meetings, Sector and global R&D meetings.

  • Support TBM to deliver Reframe & Breakthrough innovations through participation in trials, commissioning and launch.

Dimension 3: MENA-PAK Chief of Staff roles & responsibilities.

  • Arrange leadership team meetings through coordination of relevant agenda items, logistics and partnering with R&D Director and team to understand what is needed.

  • Lead the agenda

  • Create the slide and collect the update form the team-

  • Final Review & Consolidation

  • Review with R&D Director

  • Preread

  • Lead the presentation during the call

  • Help shape the effectiveness of the leadership team meeting (Staff meeting) and follow up actions, to ensure the agenda is delivered to plan to agreed deadlines.

  • Provide suggestions and insights on how the leadership team can improve its performance. (ex. Growth Platform..etc)

  • To with key partners & stakeholders in other teams to find solutions that will enhance team effectiveness.

  • Implementation of best practices for leadership team effectiveness.

  • Anchors point for Implementation team effectiveness

  • Best practices as an excellence

  • Work with the leadership team to help priorities & resolve concerns or issues that arise so that people are working on the most critical things.

  • Act as confidant for R&D Director to escalate issues that are not being effectively resolved that will impede progress with leaderships key priorities

  • Draft key communications for R&D Director such as newsletters or other key leadership team communications.

  • Support all asks / requests from Sector / Global R&D in the representation of MENAPAK team.

  • Support in MENA-PAK Footprint & Talent capability matrix.

  • Anchors as single point of contact to combined BSHS update for R&D Sector and GM's BU.



  • Degree or equivalent in a Food Technology / Engineering/Business Management.

Scope and years of experience

  • Must have FMCG /Food technical environment for 3 years

  • Must have experience in Product development/R&D function and 3rdparty manufacturing.

Skills needed:

  1. Product Development

  2. Process trouble shooting

  3. Recipe, formula understanding

  4. Passion for creativity and innovation within a commercially driven environment.

  5. Proven record of launching at least couple of innovation in the market.

  6. Ability to work in Factory/Plant environment in collaboration with diverse nationality workforce.

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  • 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