PepsiCo UK Industrial Placement - Product Developer

31 Aug 2020
28 Sep 2020
Start Date
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.

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.

'I was welcomed by the friendly yet hard working and professional environment that is central to PepsiCo's culture. My work at PepsiCo has filled me with a great sense of pride and they have definitely helped me prepare for my final year at University as well as whatever my future career may hold.'

- Sophie Clark

In your role you will be part of either the snacks, nutrition or flavours 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 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:

  • 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.
  • Manage the storage and shipment of samples around the business worldwide.
  • 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.

  • Opportunity to get involved in additional projects (Product of the Future, local community projects)
  • Planning and executing pilot scale and factory scalable product development trials
  • Prototyping / trialling new products and new ingredients from kitchen to factory


What are we looking for:

  • Following path to a degree level qualification in Food Science or closely related food disciplines / Chemistry / Biology

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note - the placement student will be taking part in tasting sessions on a regular basis (often daily), which will include tasting products with milk, gluten, soya, nuts & seeds.

What else do you need to know?

The placement starts in July 2021, and will last for 12 months, with a salary of GBP21,000

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???

'The opportunities that PepsiCo have offered me as part of my role have been tremendous. I have been involved in multiple projects and activities on top of my day-to-day role which keeps my placement super exciting. I have met some outstanding and friendly people who I know I will keep in touch with after my placement year. The culture here is so collaborative and supportive that I'm never afraid to ask questions or ask to learn new things.'

- Niyanee Porter

Application Closing Date - 23rd October 2020

Our application window is scheduled to close on the above date, however, in the event of a large response we will close applications early. We would therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible...... click apply for full job details

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