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UK Industrial Placements - Product Developers

Leicester. Multiple vacancies.

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You’ve learned a lot as a student already. Want to put it into practice at PepsiCo? 

Our placement programmes are structured to give you the chance to make an impact on some of the world’s biggest brands. From day one, you’ll be working on projects that matter. You’ll shake things up, shape trends, and get guidance and development to help you discover your potential. 

We’re home to some of the world’s favourite brands, such as Walkers, Pepsi Max, Quaker, Tropicana, Doritos, Pipers, Naked, Copella, Lipton, Monster Munch and 7UP to name just a few! Our business covers the full product lifecycle from creating new flavours in our labs to dreaming up ad campaigns and delivering packs to stores. There’s plenty in between too.  

Everything Has a Purpose

A look at what inspires PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose journey.

We build brands we are really proud of and we have a mission to create more smiles with every sip and bite. Here at PepsiCo we think like entrepreneurs. We voice opinions fearlessly. We celebrate diversity and differences. We care about growing sustainably. And we get a lot of free Doritos.  

We are looking for enthusiastic undergraduates to join our Research & Development team based in Leicester on a 12 month placement programme.  

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 the products of the future, for our global consumers. 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 to the world healthy choices that we need to succeed in the market. Our research and development focusses on building a consumer-centric understanding, enabling us to design products for the latest consumer needs - whether nutrition, refreshment or indulgence – driving our growth both now and in the future.  

In your role you will be part of the Foods team where you’ll 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?  

You will have lots of autonomy where your work will directly impact future innovation within our business and in return you’ll have the chance to develop your skills and experience in a fast paced, energetic environment. 

What you will be doing: 

  • Hands on product development, including planning and executing kitchen, pilot and factory scale trials 
  • Prototyping/trialling new products and new ingredients from kitchen to factory 
  • Working with product insights and analytical teams to measure product attributes 
  • Liaising with teams, technical experts, and contractors globally as well as using literature searches to deliver key aspects of work streams. 
  • Building fundamental scientific insights under-pinning product development. 
  • 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, administration, submitting samples for laboratory analysis, writing up results and reporting back to key members of the project teams. 
  • Manage the storage and shipment of samples around the business worldwide. 
  • Opportunity to get involved in additional projects (Product of the Future, local community projects) 

What are we looking for: 

  • A student currently in the second year of university studies, where the course includes the option of completing a sandwich placement during the third year. Following path to a degree level qualification in Food Science or closely related food disciplines/Chemistry/Biology 
  • Disruption. An intellectual curiosity and a willingness to challenge accepted ways of doing things 
  • Passion. For our company, for your development and for sustainability. 
  • Ambition. Eagerness to learn and grow your career and aspire to be our future leaders. 
  • Creativity. Bring your new thinking and fresh ideas to our brands. 
  • You! At PepsiCo we bring ourselves to work and embrace diversity and inclusion. We believe our differences is what makes us special. 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills 
  • Initiative and drive to deliver results of trials and activities and able to be pro-active and multi-task. 
  • Passion for creativity and innovation in culinary and/or product development. 
  • Keen to gain experience of working in the Food Industry. 
  • Please note - the placement student will be taking part in tasting sessions on a regular basis, which will include tasting products with milk, gluten, soya, nuts & seeds. 

What else do you need to know? 

The placement starts in July 2022, and will last for 12 months, with a salary of £21,000.

Other benefits: 

  • Vibrant culture 
  • Development and mentoring 
  • 25 days' annual leave plus 8 days' bank holidays  
  • Discounted PepsiCo products 
  • Competitive pension scheme 
  • And a whole lot more… 

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Opportunity Overview

  • November 1st, 2021
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £21,000  + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Leicester
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