Associate Scientist

  • Job vacancy at PepsiCo
  • Valhalla, NY, USA
  • Open until 2022-05-01
  • Deadline completed

Job description

Job Accountabilities: 

  • Conduct and document product development lab work, including development of bench top prototypes, implementation and maintenance of stability testing, and scale-ups for commercialization

  • Provide product formulation support by accurately preparing laboratory beverages and concentrates and submitting samples for analytical and sensory evaluation. Create beverage documents; ensure products are safe stable and legal.

  • Possess basic technical foundation of ingredient functionality and potential interactions

  • Ability to conduct experiments, demonstrate ability to understand trends in data and think of potential solutions to address technical challenges

  • Good communication skills both verbal and written, including timely and accurate documentation of work in laboratory notebooks, actively communicate status of research.

  • Demonstrates ability to understand application of consumer research and experimental design to project objectives

  • Collaborate with cross functional team to reach project objectives

Key Challenges:

  • Ability to quickly learn, demonstrate proper laboratory techniques and formulate products

  • Ability to manage dynamics of working with the Starbucks organization as it relates to the coffee joint venture (NACP)

  • Able to support and assess technical feasibility and development across multiple thermal process platforms i.e. low acid retort, low acid aseptic, low acid ESL, tunnel pasteurization ,etc. 

  • Ability to self initiate and manage multiple project tasks independently to meet business objectives and to support the individuals of the workgroup

  • Ability to communicate and highlight risks

Critical Competencies:

The successful candidate will be experienced in the consumer goods industry and demonstrate the following skills:

  • Intellectual curiosity 

  • Strong laboratory skills

  • Analytical Thinking

  • Teamwork

  • Communication/Presentation Skills (verbal and written)

In addition, the following capabilities will be essential to success in the job

  • Ability to provide thought leadership on tactical aspects of projects

  • Outstanding time management, team working and communication skills

  • Ability to analyze and communicate implications of experimental results

Note: COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for this role. Please note that all such company vaccine requirements provide the opportunity to request an approved accommodation or exemption under applicable law





  • B.S. in Food Science or related discipline. 1-2 years’ experience or related discipline a plus.


  • Technician and/or Summer Intern experience(s) at a consumer goods company

Other Job Requirements:

  • This position will require flexibility in working hours to set-up and complete focus groups, product expos, pilot plant scale–ups or plant trials that may extend past typical working hours.

  • Field Travel will be required (domestic & international). Estimated 10%.



Relocation Eligible: Not Eligible for Relocation
Job Type: Regular

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

PepsiCo is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Protected Veteran / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

Our Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable laws, including but not limited to, San Francisco Police Code Sections 4901 - 4919, commonly referred to as the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance; and Chapter XVII, Article 9 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, commonly referred to as the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

  • Seniority Level

  • Associate
  • Employment Type

  • Full-time
  • Topics

  • Food & Beverages
  • Job Functions

  • Scientist