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R&D Beverages Product Development Manager, CSD

PepsiCo Inc.

Johannesburg, CA
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Auto req ID: 140395BR
Job Description

Agenda Setting
Deliver AOP (annual operation plan) and SBP (strategic business plan) innovation agendas for the CSD category based on consumer insight and feasibility assessment covering supply chain, ingredients and design standards.

Product Design & Technical Expertise Ownership
Provide technical expertise through global collaboration:

  • Develop / update, issue and keep all products (new and existing) related specifications: for final goods, raw materials and technology processes, to ensure compliance to proven product design and legal requirements.
  • Ensure technical and processing (equipment and process) specifications are compliant including HACCP transfer documents.
  • Support completion of development and commercialization success criteria in execution of project work through use of accepted documentation and work processes
  • Develop project management insight that creates the foundation for innovative solutions in support of business objectives
  • Demonstrates ability to understand application of consumer research and experimental design to project objectives
  • Develop advantaged new products in collaboration with central R&D product development teams (Valhalla supported) that meet the project deliverables, and/or contribute to the creation and execution of a stronger sparkling product strategy.
  • Conducts appropriate project risk assessments and provides recommendations for integrating program strategies

Human Sustainability and Portfolio Transformation
Propose and implement portfolio renovation strategy while supporting Corporate Human Sustainability tracking reports for management team.

Technical Brand Stewardship, Quality and Productivity
Support the assessment of initiatives to improve product quality, reduce manufacturing cost, improve compliance or capability or deliver other functional benefits. I mplement or govern initiatives where agreed.

Internal communication and interfaces
Create and establish effective working relationships across R&D network and non R&D functions as necessary to support business growth initiatives while achieving required goals across multiple business units

Prepare and maintain R&D budget for the category at AOP planning stage in order to allocate sufficient financial resources required to achieve the category development goals. Assure budget execution in compliance with agreed amount and PepsiCo policies.



  • Higher degree in Foods / Engineering / Science or related discipline with at least 4+ years experience product development in a consumer products company (preferably in CSD).
  • English is a must (upper-intermediate)
  • Solid project management skills with emphasis on negotiation, anticipation of obstacles and solutions
  • Good interpersonal skills and a degree of resilience to work in a matrix structure
  • Familiarity with Region markets, consumers, trade partners, insights and business models
  • Capable of carrying forward own work agenda with low levels of supervision.
  • A proven track record in product development and interest in formulation and process
  • Track record in getting the best from collaborative work relationships with business partners (Marketing, Supply Chain, Insights, Finance etc.) and R&D partners based in multiple locations and time zones
  • Experience in translating consumer trends into differentiated products
  • Credibility to influence agendas and concise communication and presentation skills (written & verbal).
  • Basic finance analysis, business case development and execution, contracting.
  • Self-starter who is able to work effectively in a matrix and evolving agenda with a degree of uncertainty
  • Passion for creativity and innovation within a commercially driven environment.
  • Striving for high standards, seeking innovative solutions, driving continuous improvement of products, processes or methods and demonstrating a high degree of intellectual curiosity
  • Due to the nature of project management and commercialization of innovation, the position will require flexibility in working hours eg. set-up and complete focus groups, product expos, pilot plant scaleups or plant trials that may extend past typical working hours. In addition a key line of collaboration exists with the Valahlla based R&D Group in the USA.
  • Travel will be required in Region (estimated 20%) and occasionally trans-Atlantic for extended periods (usually 1 week).

Relocation Eligible: Not Eligible for Relocation
Job Type: Regular
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