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R&D Associate Principal Scientist, Scientific Affairs

PepsiCo Inc.

Plano, TX
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JobId: 125147BR
Job Title: R&D Associate Principal Scientist, Scientific Affairs
Location: Plano, TX
Category: Research & Development


R&D Associate Principal Scientist, Scientific Affairs-Toxicology

  • Deliver robust and scientifically sound safety assessments to the business pertaining to ingredients, products, packaging and processes to enable pre-market innovation and ensure post-market brand protection.
  • Enable the regulatory compliance of new materials through delivery of the appropriate safety assessment data.
  • Work collaboratively within the Global Scientific Affairs organization to develop safety assessments and cross-functionally to drive implementation.
  • Deliver accurate and efficient technical expertise to support resolution of issues / incidents.
  • Build an external network of experts to enable business initiatives.
  • Work with external organizations, notably trade associations and scientific institutions, to drive science-based policies which support the business's strategic direction.
  • Actively identify and contribute to the management of emerging ingredient and contaminant issues relevant to snacks.
  • Deliver SME input in the development of PepsiCo ingredient and process standards and tools that support regulatory compliance such as the identification of chemical hazards in scope for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


  • MS in Toxicology or Pharmacology, or other related science. Knowledge of basic principles of food toxicology including hazard analysis, risk assessment, and ability to critically review scientific data and conclusions.
  • Direct experience in the food industry (2+ years) is highly preferred, other consumer goods company will also be considered.
  • Strong analytical capability and creative problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory environment in the US, including experience of the GRAS process, is desirable. Ability to effectively build networks within PepsiCo as well as external to the company.
  • Proven ability to work cross-functionally in the development and implementation of internal tools, programs and standards.
  • Foundational knowledge in effective management of food allergens is desirable.
  • Action oriented with an ability to propose solutions to challenges.
  • An understanding of the public perception challenges faced by the food industry is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills. In particular, a demonstrated ability to explain complex science to non-scientists and business leaders.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities and execute efficiently.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.
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