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UK Industrial Placements - Packaging

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 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 support the Packaging team with creating innovative packaging designs for the Europe Foods portfolio. This includes hands on experience in organisation, execution and analysis.   

You’ll have lots of autonomy where your decisions will really make a difference to 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: 

  • Creative & sustainable packaging development within R&D 
  • Supporting and leading variety of Packaging Development activities including development process, trial organisation and execution, analysis and reporting results to peers and line management. 
  • Working with product insights and analytical teams to measure packaging attributes. 
  • Communication (written and verbal) of project updates to Line Manager. 
  • Other activities will include arranging and conducting packaging tests and analysis, administration, submitting samples for laboratory analysis and reporting back to key members of the project teams. 
  • Packaging prototyping and preparation. 
  • Contribute to Health & Safety education and Health & Wellness activities. 

 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 Packaging/Food Science/Engineering/Design/Material Science. 
  • 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 
  • High degree of initiative and drive to deliver results of trials and activities with the ability multi-task 
  • Passion for creativity and innovation in packaging/product development 
  • Keen to gain experience of working in the Food/Packaging Industry 

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 
  • 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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Disciplines accepted...

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Product Design
  • Science

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