PepsiCo is currently looking for R&D Product Development Sr Scientist to join in Leicester, Beaumont Park.
A key focus area for this team is to drive and deliver the Global Pellets, Extrusion & Stax agenda and specifically, the incumbent will lead key projects & activities within the programme.
Senior Scientist within the Pellets, Extrusion & Stax team is part of the Global Foods Product Function team.
In this role you will lead key workstreams which requires a high degree of creative technical thinking to deliver business-relevant technical unlocks, leading to new in-market executions protected by a relevant IP strategy:
Lead key project activities within the Global Product Function Pellets, Extrusion & Stax programme.
Provide creative innovation solutions to technically complex issues to meet project objectives.
Design, lead and execute product-led trials at kitchen, pilot and factory scale, to validate new products, ingredients and process equipment, defining optimum operating windows and scale parameters.
Lead generation of compelling & creative product prototypes to illustrate technical possibilities to build business and stakeholder interest / alignment and steer development direction.
Create and apply food science insights & technology unlocks for advantaged product design (flavour, texture, appearance, nutrition).
Understand and apply insights from consumer research, concept and product testing to deliver Pellets, Extrusion & Stax snacks innovation.
Coordinate scale-up activities in factories internally by liaising closely with Operations Change manager and externally with relevant third parties.
Lead and collaborate across Global PepsiCo R&D teams on joint science & technology / development initiatives and ensure local application.
In collaboration with Purchasing, Agro, R&D and Operations, build cost-advantaged raw material supply chains for relevant high cost raw materials.
Comply with all regulatory & food safety requirements in product development & consumer testing.
Build external interfaces with Open Innovation Intermediaries, Consultants, Co-manufacturers, Ingredient Suppliers, Seasoning Houses, Flavour Experts and Universities.
Identify suitable ingredient vendors and establish collaborative working relationships, ensuring that PepsiCo IP is appropriately protected.