Packaging Engineer

The PepsiCo Global Discovery and Applications team is a strategic research and development team at PepsiCo aimed at driving innovation and establishing the feasibility of breakthrough Packaging technologies, to enable the winning consumer experience. The D&A team works in cross-functional collaboration towards the innovation and development of highly differentiated packaging concepts and technology platforms by linking consumer insights and emerging technologies to satisfy our business objectives.

Senior Packaging Engineer in the Discovery and Applications Group, part of Global R&D. Drive mid to long term packaging innovation technology pipeline and new formats, to deliver against PepsiCo's beverage innovation platforms.
  • Rapid technical feasibility evaluation of differentiated packaging concepts and emerging technologies.
  • Focus on mid- long term innovation opportunities, with Marketing, Global Procurement & intensive supplier and OEM interaction.
  • Ensure complete compliance with Legal requirements (NDAs, SOW, JDAs, MSAs, etc.).
  • Connectivity with Open Innovation Team, to identify potential synergies.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Support efforts with PepsiCo's Brand Marketing, R&D, Consumer Insights, Global Procurement, and Supply Chain Development Teams to drive packaging innovation.
  • Actively participate in Marketing and Marketing Research programs, including focus groups and other consumer research formats.
  • Contribute to Research & Insights teams to incorporate packaging requirements into plans.
  • Maintain open communication and build strong relationships with multiple functions.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in support of new package development and commercialization.
  • Plan, execute and document results of design evaluation and analysis for new packaging technologies to ensure products can be successfully effectuated within the Global PepsiCo system.
  • Maintain open communication and build strong relationships with multiple functions.
  • Develop deep understanding of strategic packages, products, and processes to support development of new packaging platforms, and contribute to troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Initiate and perform economic and technical feasibility studies on new packaging platforms delivered through ideation.
  • Create development and initial commercialization timelines for all projects.
  • Build strong relationships with internal and external partners.


Critical Competencies:
  • Material expertise in Films, PP, and PET
  • Analytical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Teamwork Building technical relationships
  • Project management skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Motivated & results driven
  • Innovative thinking
  • Ability to work in an ambiguous and dynamic work environment

Education & Experience:
  • BS, MS in Mechanical, Chemical, Material Science & Materials, Polymers, Plastics, or Packaging Engineering with 3-7 years' experience in related consumer goods field (preferably in rigid packaging).
  • Experience in manufacturing processes for beverages.
  • Experience with hot fill, cold fill, retort and aseptic packaging.
  • Experience with both flexible and rigid packaging a plus.
  • Experience working with Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) or Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies a plus.
  • Strong leadership qualities, verbal and written communication skills, and technical analysis and problem solving skills are required.

Other Job Requirements:

  • Travel mainly in North America however some international travel may be required to meet project and business objectives, 30% total travel target.

Relocation Eligible

Eligible for Standard Relocation

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