Work Placement / Internship

R&D - Process Engineering

UK Industrial Placement 2020

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Job Description

Here at PepsiCo, we have a 12 month student placement opportunity in our Research & Development team based in Leicester.

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Walkers, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

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In 2014, we were the #1 food and beverage company in six countries around the world, from the USA to Saudi Arabia and we couldn’t be prouder. Follow our channel to learn more about our brands!

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business.

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 paced 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.

We have a handful of opportunities in our R&D function within the Nutrition and Stack Fry Global Process Engineering teams.

These roles involve identifying, exploring and evaluating new technologies as well as improving the design performance and efficiency of existing technologies for PepsiCo. The main aspects of the roles involve managing work streams in technology evaluation projects, which means conducting experiments to build scientific understanding, and manufacturing product prototypes to illustrate possibilities and progress.

What you’ll get up to:

  • Design new technologies and support the improvement performance initiatives related to existing technologies.
  • Organise and execute experimental studies and trials in collaboration with project managers to improve the understanding of the key unit operations.
  • Provide deeper understanding into how process parameters effect key product attributes by working with
  • Subject matter experts in the researching and analysing results from trials.
  • Analyse and interpret key data from existing operation plants to plan, design, conduct and report experimental trials to provide solutions for process design problems.
  • Support the installation and commissioning phase of key unit process equipment. Demonstrating its capability to produce desired product safely and efficiently.
  • Participate in safety assessment aspects of projects.
  • Working with product developers to understand process and production interactions.
  • Owning and managing project activity with external and internal stakeholders.
  • Support the knowledge capture and transfer of best practice between the full scale production lines across the business globally.
  • You’ll have considerable interaction with project team members from general operators, up to senior directors across multiple functions and disciplines.
  • Maintain a systematic approach to scheduled work activities.
  • Raise Purchase Orders for services and equipment needed to carry out key accountabilities: approval via Line Manager or Director.
  • You’ll sustain an organised environment in the pilot plant during periods of high activity, including working with pilot plant team to ensure a seamless supply of raw materials and services.


What we’re looking for:

  • Following path to a degree level qualification in Chemical/Mechanical/Process/Biochemical Engineering.
  • Initiative and drive to deliver results of trials and activities with and able to be pro-active and multi-task
  • Keen to gain experience of working in the Food Industry
  • Good social 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
  • Encouraging teammate 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 2020, with a salary of £17,500.

We have a range of flexible benefits to offer you, from a competitive pension scheme, to mobile phone discounts - there’s something for everyone!


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 191199BR
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Opportunity Overview

  • October 27th, 2019
  • £17,500 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Leicester
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Chemical
  • Mechanical
  • Process

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