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Senior R&D Scientist, Grains

PepsiCo Inc.

Barrington, IL
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JobId: 112981BR
Job Title: Senior R&D Scientist, Grains
Location: Barrington, IL
Category: Research & Development


Within PepsiCo's Nutrition Category R&D, the Global Grains Formulations team is charged with delivering breakthrough and reframe innovation via technology-driven solutions. In that capacity, the team develops products and product chassis primarily to globally-chartered projects for the Quaker brand.

We are looking for an R&D Senior Scientist to lead the development of the rapidly growing Innovation pipeline. S/he will drive the complete development through commercialization and launch of grains-based products, as well as forward-compatible product chassis to be rolled out to multiple markets. S/he will utilize scientific methods to develop knowledge that creates business opportunities to support the Grains Category Strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop product formulations that leverage expertise in grains technology, food chemistry and food ingredient functionality
  • Provide technical feasibility assessment/perspectives related to new product development
  • Design and execute experiments, and analyze and interpret data to make sound technical recommendations on product formula
  • Support development of new technology to 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
  • Document complete product formulation, ingredients and sensory specifications for new products in the documentation system
  • Participate as an active member of cross-functional business development teams comprised of individuals from a variety of disciplines, including Insights, Marketing, Procurement, Engineering and other groups


  • MS or Ph.D. (preferred) in food science or related field

Work Experience:

  • MS + 3-5 years experience with a CPG company or PhD + 1-2 yrs experience (including internships and coop)

Skills & Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in applied research, with emphasis in food-related ingredients and processes
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills to partner with multiple stakeholders in a matrixed environment
  • Utilizes in-depth knowledge of ingredient functionality and advanced problem solving skills to translate strategic direction into tactical plans and implementation activities
  • Strongly influences project direction on complex projects
  • Exhibit strong technical capability and curiosity that can be applied to project assignments
  • Ability and interest to work in laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing scale environments
  • Ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner
  • Proven ability to manage multiple assignments/tasks


  • Willingness to travel up to 25% domestic and international travel

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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