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R&D Manager

PepsiCo Inc.

Leicester, England
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Auto req ID: 133680BR
Job Description

Role: R&D Manager - Snacks.
Location: Leicester
Salary: circa 65,000 - 75,000 (depending on experience), bonus, car allowance, other benefits.

Here at PepsiCo we're looking for an R&D Manager to lead and manage all technical aspects for our core Snacks portfolio across Western Europe. You will be responsible for creating and delivering the innovation pipeline for major brands across a region of circa 15 markets. In this role you will be in a fully operating management role and take accountability for more complex and bigger programs by leading a team of project managers, technologists & technicians.

Key Accountabilities

  • Set the agenda for the Tortilla Chips, Extrusion, Dips & Fabricated Snacks Platforms.
  • Developing an understanding and demonstrating application of consumer product testing, sensory, analytical, etc to deliver superior products to the market and capture product intelligence.
  • Lead a team of R&D scientists to develop and execute projects utilising solid technical project management tools and skills to ensure objectives are accomplished on time, to the agreed standards and within budget.
  • Leveraging expertise inside and outside the organisation to deliver product and process development.
  • Deputise as required for the R&D Director to represent R&D interest at key forums (e.g. Activation Board)
  • Line management - coaching, development, and performance reviews.


Key Skills Required

  • First Degree or equivalent in a Science or Engineering related discipline.
  • Significant project management experience, covering product & process development ideally within FMCG environment.
  • Passion for creativity and innovation within a commercially driven environment
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret complex data and distil into meaningful information e.g. interpreting consumer insights, experimental design and statistical inference
  • Established competence at product development
  • Good understanding/appreciation of the broader business environment and application of technical and commercial knowledge during project execution.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to influence with integrity through persuasive communication to win support at more senior levels within R&D and Marketing and to build effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders from different levels, backgrounds and cultures.
  • Quickly analyses complex problems to find actionable pragmatic solutions and constructive action plan
  • Supports people to build their skills and empowers others to act and think in ways that will get the job done
  • Promotes an environment of achievement, recognition and celebration
  • Valid UK driving licence

Relocation Eligible: Not Applicable
Job Type: Regular
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