R&D Product Development, Associate Scientist

  • Company: PepsiCo
  • Posted: February 02, 2017
  • Reference ID: 111831BR
As an R&D Associate Scientist with PepsiCo, you will have unique opportunities to increase technical knowledge by participating in the development of a diverse portfolio of beverage and snack product categories. The teams translate strategic market objectives into new products and processes, optimize designs per consumer response and select winning ideas for commercialization. Additional responsibilities will be recognizing specific product-related opportunities to maximize market performance of existing brands and applying solid project management skills to ensure clear communication of project scope, timing, and success criteria. Scientists participate in and lead accelerated product development life cycles that include new idea generation, prototype development, product optimization and production start-up for test market and national launching of new products. Successful candidates thrive in an environment of fast-paced, consumer-driven product development.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for all food safety AIB requirements, including but not limited to, pre-requisite programs, GMPs, HACCP, and SOPs for the R&D Pilot Plant
  • Implementation and maintenance of HACCP plan for Lab operations
  • Microthermics operation and preventative maintenance schedule
  • Utilize scientific methods to develop knowledge that creates business opportunities that support the company strategic market objectives
  • Provide technical risk assessment/perspectives related to new product development
  • Design and execute experiments, and analyze and interpret data to make sound technical recommendations on product and process issues
  • Support development of new technology to maintain and grow the business
  • Leverage external and internal experts for key analytical and sensory research
  • Perform basic economic evaluations on ingredients, ingredients suppliers, and product formulations
  • Develop product formulations that leverages expertise in food chemistry and food ingredient functionality
  • Develop complete product attribute specifications for new products
  • Partner externally to source ingredients and leverage vendor expertise in ingredient functionality
  • Participate as an active member of cross-functional business development teams comprised of individuals from a variety of disciplines, including Marketing, Purchasing, Engineering and other groups
  • Participate in quality/product improvement and productivity initiatives

Function: R&D
Company/Division: Naked Juice/NEB/NAN


  • B.S. in Food Science or related scientific field

Work Experience:
  • 2+ years experience in Research and/or Industry is desirable

Skills & Capabilities:
  • Basic knowledge in Food Technologies and Product Development with an emphasis on Beverage and HACCP programs
  • Demonstrated ability to translate business objectives into strategic and tactical project goals and objectives
  • Proven ability to make significant technical scientific advances utilizing internal and/or external resources
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to incorporate business needs into technical decisions
  • Ability and interest to work in laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing scale environments; Working knowledge of UHT/HTST equipment a plus
  • Proven ability to manage multiple assignments/ tasks
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)

  • Willingness to travel up to 25%
  • Eligible to work in United States without work authorization sponsorship
  • Work Location: City of Industry, CA

Relocation Eligible

Not Eligible for Relocation

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