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R&D Associate Process Engineer

PepsiCo Inc.

Valhalla, NY
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JobId: 131951BR
Job Title: R&D Associate Process Engineer
Location: Valhalla, NY
Category: Research & Development


R&D Associate Engineers at PepsiCo translate strategic market objectives into new products and processes. Our Engineers participate in and lead accelerated product development life cycles that include new idea generation, prototype development, product optimization, process development, process scale-up, and production start up for test market and national launching of new products.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Support creation of cross-functional project plan to successfully deliver new product/process/package innovation, globally
  • Effective planning, scheduling, execution, and documentation of pilot, concentrate and bottling scale-ups, plant trials and capability assessments.
  • Determine theoretical calculation & execute experiments as needed for point of failures in process and formulation limitations
  • Develop / participate in design of experiments to make sound technical recommendations on product and process issues
  • Support the definition of scope, project goals, and success criteria
  • Clearly communicate project status, risks, and scope creep
  • Interface with other key R&D functions (product development, micro, analytical , pilot and manufacturing plant personnel)
  • Complete Beverage and Concentrate Documentation to highest standards
  • Communicate concisely, clearly and in a timely manner
  • Test new raw materials for manufacturability impact on concentrate & beverage
  • Adhere to innovation stage gate requirements

Critical Competencies:
The successful candidate will be experienced in the consumer packaged goods industry and demonstrate the following skills:

  • Organization, negotiation, coordination, presentation skills, and team work
  • Technical knowledge of unit operations used in processing of food /beverage products
  • Ability to communicate effectively over the phone, online, and in person
  • Laboratory and pilot processing equipment \"hands on know-how\"
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, think on their feet, and execute with speed
  • Independent decision maker in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Demonstrated self-confidence and communication skills with a multiple organizational levels and groups

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree: Chemical or Food Engineering
  • Recent graduate or 1-3 years' experience
  • Liquid process design knowledge
  • Knowledge of design engineering, particularly in food science, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, sanitary piping practices and process and instrumentation diagrams
  • Experience in a consumer products research & development function a plus
  • Experience with development or manufacture of ready to serve beverages desirable
  • Background in commercialization of new products with CPG company a strong plus
  • Past internship at CPG company in a process role preferred


  • Willingness to travel globally 20-40 %
  • Demonstrated Personal Traits: Professional maturity, assertive, team player (good interpersonal and communication skills, able to inspire/lead others), positive, \"can do\" attitude

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.
PepsiCo is an equal opportunity employer Minorities/Females/People with Disabilities/Protected Veterans/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the available EEO is the Law ( & EEO is the Law Supplement ( documents by copying and pasting the appropriate URL in the address bar of your web browser.

To view our Pay Transparency Statement, please click here: Pay Transparency Statement

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Out performing ourselves is a rush. That's why we perform with purpose. Together, we blaze new trails, succeed, celebrate and then do something even bigger. We never settle for second best. At PepsiCo we're not just committed to performing well as individuals, but as a team, to strengthen the company as a whole.

Around the world, we're working hard to give people the tastes they crave and the nutrition they need. We dream globally and act locally, constantly innovating to sustain our planet, our people, our communities and our business practices. New markets mean new ways of doing business, and new ways of addressing health concerns, cultural differences and environmental challenges. Every day is an adventure, and an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

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