Innovation Director, Sports Nutrition

  • Company: PepsiCo
  • Location: Barrington, Illinois
  • Posted: January 13, 2017
  • Reference ID: 110012BR
The role is responsible for developing and executing project plans, including specific deliverables, resources and timelines, for specific initiatives in support of the global Nutrition R&D organization. In addition, this position will also have strong executional focus as a R&D Innovation Director for the Sports Hydration Platform, working with key stakeholders to develop aligned Technical Roadmaps and lead highly-complex technical breakthrough projects. Working in a matrix environment, successful candidate will partner with both business and R&D leaders, leverage both internal and external innovation to translate consumer demand into R&D solutions that meet all quality and food safety requirements.
  • Develop and Deliver an aligned Technical Roadmap (3+ years) for related Cohorts/ Demand Spaces
  • Specifically for Sports Hydration, develop a Technical Roadmap in line with our approach of Lift & Adapt and moving to Breakthrough Innovation
  • Establish deep and broad knowledge of category platform, technology levers and cohort nutritional needs
  • Know the regional needs closely (incl. the underpinning consumer, customer and internal infrastructure as well as regional nutrition deficiencies and culinary traditions
  • Leverage Foresight and Insight to integrate in strategic planning (PSP) and Demand Spaces
  • Articulate content and priorities/resourcing in support of S&PM PSP/AOP
  • Represent platform at ILT and SG process and ensure internal and external workstreams are synchronized.
  • Manage project budget (R&D)


  • BS degree in Food Science, Engineering, or Technical Field; advanced degree preferred
  • 10+ years R&D experience
  • An affinity to and understanding of the Nutrition category and competitive market
  • 3+ years in R&D management with global experience preferred
  • Broad understanding of new product innovation from concept to execution with strong technical knowledge
  • Ability to focus on innovation leadership with strong anticipation of issues, risk management skills and attention to detail.
  • Understanding of both internal and external markets, Supply Chain and strategic sourcing
  • Deep analytical skills, effective "synthesis" strategic skills and strategy articulation/integration
  • Global perspective and cultural appreciation
  • Proficiency of PepsiCo Processes and Systems
  • Connections within PepsiCo and External (Suppliers, Academia, Consultants)

Relocation Eligible

Not Eligible for Relocation

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