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UK Industrial Placements - Food Safety

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 a 12 month placement programme. 

Innovation takes centre stage at PepsiCo. That means our Global R&D team is 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 R&D 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! 

 Ensuring creation of joyful moments through our delicious, nourishing & safe products and unique brand experiences is a cornerstone of PepsiCo’s Mission to ‘Create more smiles with every sip and every bite’. The complexity of our innovation pipelines is increasing as consumers seek novel ingredients, clean labels, new experiences and assurances over quality & food integrity. Therefore, we have a duty to build a pipeline of future Quality & Food Safety talent that will enable the launch of new, innovative & safe consumer products and ensure the highest standards of manufacture are attained. The quality of our products is what sets us apart from our Competition! 

We have an exciting role within this team where you will get the opportunity to build a solid appreciation of quality & food safety tools, processes and systems used throughout the industry. You’ll work alongside a team of Quality & Food Safety professionals, collaborating and driving governance and performance to deliver products we can be proud of. 

What You Will Be Doing  

  • Facilitate a cross functional team to define and understand the key drivers of our Consumer Feedback and establish a strategy to address and improve performance against our key performance indicators. 
  • Work alongside our digital 3rd party Data Insights, Analytics, AI and Engineering company to determine the key drivers from our Consumer Feedback. 
  • Work cross functionally to determine correlations between the key data points and root cause analysis of the source of the feedback. 
  • Generate insights from data to provide the business with key areas of focus to drive improvements. 
  • Lead key quality and food safety initiatives to identify areas of non-conformance and course correction actions to ensure we comply with our Global standards 
  • Provide regular updates & communication on key focus areas to the Sector Europe R&D and Supply Chain teams. 
  • Liaise and network with individuals from junior to senior management level. 

What Are We Looking For 

  • An undergraduate student following path to a degree level qualification in Food Science and/or Technology, Microbiology or other related science subjects. 
  • High degree of initiative and drive to deliver results with the ability to be pro-active and multi-task. 
  • Passion for quality & food safety and very inquisitive mind 
  • Self-starter and comfortable working alone 
  • Strong analytical skills to deal with complex situations 
  • Keen to gain experience of working in the Food and beverage Industry 
  • Disruption. 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. 

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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