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UK Industrial Placement - R&D - Product Development

PepsiCo Inc.

Leicester, England
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Job Description

Here at PepsiCo, we have 12 month undergraduate industrial placement opportunities in our Research & Development team based in Leicester.

PepsiCo UK is home to some of the worlds most loved food and drink products. Making every day favourites like Walkers, Quaker, Tropicana, Doritos and Naked smoothies, to name a few! We have a fantastic reputation for developing and launching products that our consumers love. We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and have recently been voted a Top Employer for the sixth year in a row. On a larger scale, PepsiCo produces the worlds largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 22 product lines that each generates more than $1billion in annual retail sales.

Innovation takes centre stage at PepsiCo. That means our Global R&D team are at the heart of the action and are kept busy creating exciting new products for consumers across the continent, from Leicester to Moscow. In a fast-moving consumer environment, our research and development capability is crucial to provide a fresh twist to our favourite brands as well as creating new healthy choices that we need to succeed in the market. Focusing our research and development on meeting the latest consumer needs - whether nutrition, refreshment or indulgence will drive our growth both now and in the future. Do you share our passion for innovation? If so, we could take your talents to a whole new level.

In your role you will be part of either the snacks, nutrition or flavours team where youll be supporting a scientist with creative product development in R&D Development Kitchens, product development, including trial organisation, execution, analysis and reporting results to peers and line manager. Are you up for the challenge?

Youll have lots of autonomy where your decisions will really make a difference to our business and in return youll have the chance to develop your skills and experience in a fast paced, energetic environment.

What youll get up to:
Working with product insights and analytical teams to measure product attributes
Liaising with technical experts and contractors and using literature searches to deliver key aspects of work streams.

Manage the storage and shipment of samples around the business worldwide.
Communication (written and verbal) of project updates to Line Manager, peers and key project stake holders (including marketing, finance, etc).
Other activities will include arranging product testing programmes, arranging paper work, submitting samples for laboratory analysis, writing up results and reporting back to key members of the project teams.
Opportunity to get involved in additional projects (Ecotrophelia, local community projects)


What were looking for:
Following path to a degree level qualification in Food Science/ Food Technology/Food Manufacturing/Chemical Engineering
High degree of initiative and drive to deliver results of trials and activities with the ability to be pro-active and multi-task.
Passion for creativity and innovation in culinary / product development.
Keen to gain experience of working in the Food Industry.
Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate to a diverse audience.
High degree of self-motivation combined with good organisational skills.
Confident to challenge where appropriate but willing to accept final decision is held by line manager.
Supportive team player with an accurate, methodical, tidy and reliable approach.
Good communication, verbal and written.
Computer literate (Microsoft Office)

What else do you need to know?

This 12 month placement starts in July 2018, with a salary of 17,500

There are a range of benefits at our Leicester office, such as a free onsite gym and discounted PepsiCo products. In addition to this, we have a range of flexible benefits to suit everyone, from a competitive pension scheme, to discounted cinema tickets.

Relocation Eligible: Not Applicable
Job Type: Pipeline
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Performance with Purpose

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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