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As R&D Principal Engineer, you will be part of a diverse and fast paced team in R&D, that works on development for grain-based products, such as oatmeal, ready to eat cereal, and pancake mixes. You will be contributing to translate consumer needs into product requirements & technical process parameters to launch delicious and nourishing products for US and Canada markets. The primary focus of this position will be application of engineering principles to create robust products across the Grains platforms, including new idea generation, prototype development, process optimization, production start-up and on-going brand stewardship.
This position will require strong engineering fundamentals and process design and optimization experience. Strong project management, experimental design/analysis, and a team first mentality will be required to move projects forward. This position may also support projects on other platforms within the Region requiring strong technical excellence to quickly learn new platforms, contribute, and deliver results
Work effectively & in collaboration with cross-functional (Brand/Innovation Marketing, Insights, Engineering and Operations (including 3PM)) and R&D discipline partners to deliver innovative consumer winning propositions
Define and qualify ingredients, validate formulations in process and with consumers and/or develop specifications for new product launch or product improvements
Expand innovation portfolio through partnership with external (3PM) vendors to drive formulation development, complete capability/consumer testing and ensure PepsiCo quality standards are upheld
Leverage data-driven product and process design including the application of consumer product testing, sensory, analytical data to ensure excellent product launches
Apply Technical & Business Governance processes effectively from feasibility stage through to scale-up & post launch support
Provide technical and business risk assessment/perspectives and mitigation plans related to new product development
Engage support of internal subject matter experts & team as needed
Provide updates to key R&D and cross-functional executive leadership
Bachelors, Masters or PhD in Chemical, Food Processing or Mechanical Engineering
PhD with 5+ or B.S./M.S. with 7+ years of process engineering experience
Ability and interest to work in laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing scale environments
Willingness to travel up to 40%
Strong leadership and collaboration skills
Experience in creative, innovative problem solving
Solid communication skills, written and verbal
Demonstrated capability to effectively manage complex projects or multiple projects simultaneously
Demonstrated understanding of how to incorporate business needs into technical decisions
COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for this role. Please note that all such company vaccine requirements provide the opportunity to request an approved accommodation or exemption under applicable law.
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