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R&D Senior Scientist- Qualitative Researcher

Plano, TX 75074
Auto req ID: 216369BR

Job Description

Using front end Qualitative research and Sensory Science to Innovating breakthrough products that make consumers lives better!

The research and development work performed at PepsiCo changes the world, quite literally! Our teams of scientists, technologists and engineers are breaking new ground every day to make a positive and visible effect on consumer health and our planet.

Were leading the way in developing whats next, not only being one step ahead of consumer demand but also raising the bar on responsibility by collaborating upstream with the sales, marketing, supply chain and sustainability departments.

As a front end sensory researcher, you will be helping to guide these teams into thinking differently!

Ultimately, our goal is to make a global impact led by purpose. At PepsiCo, youll be making a difference in society while advancing the interests of our communities and planet, helping reshape the future by delivering innovative products in categories of not only beverages but also snacks, nutrition and sustainabilitystaying one step ahead of consumer demand while raising the bar on responsibly.

In fact, we lead the industry in commitments to sustainability and nutrition, were designing 100% of our packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025, removing added sugars from our beverage portfolio (67% of the portfolio will have less than 100 calories from sugar by 2025) and reducing sodium across our food portfolio (75% of the portfolio will not exceed 1.3 milligrams of sodium per calorie by 2025).

As part of the Sensory and Consumer Product Insights team, and specifically in the front end of innovation you will get the opportunity to work more closely with consumers so that you can guide R&D around key tensions that should be addressed. You will help to translate these learnings into product attributes that will be critical in helping our product developers find solutions to pursue! Such a great collaborative role within R&D, as well as across other insights functions across the organization (i.e. Design, Consumer Insights).

  • Conduct qualitative sensory and consumer research in support of innovative product development and other research initiatives. The Qualitative Researcher will work independently with R&D, business teams and suppliers to design and conduct appropriate research to build learning and advance knowledge of product innovation and meet the business objectives
  • Specifically, the scientist will design front end research plans, determine appropriate research methodologies, coordinate tests, execute them, analyze and interpret experimental data, provide technical recommendations, and report results orally, and written
  • MS or PhD: Sensory or Consumer Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Design Thinking
  • Minimum of 5-7 years (MS) as a Qualitative Researcher in a Sensory & Consumer Research position within a major consumer packaged goods company in the front end research space
  • Certified Trained Facilitator/Moderator of Qualitative Research Techniques
  • Experience in global organization welcomed but not required


Strong knowledge of qualitative consumer research fundamentals, and the ability to apply qualitative research techniques for new and existing products
Knowledge of design thinking process and have experience leading design thinking projects in the front end space
Independently lead and manage multiple projects in the front end space
Interpret qualitative data
Write clear and comprehensive reports
Share data and insights to cross-functional project teams
Relate impact on the business
Flex and adapt to changes and project timelines
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Good interpersonal /teamwork skills


Relocation Eligible: Not Applicable
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.

If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the available EEO is the Law & EEO is the Law Supplement documents. View PepsiCo EEO Policy

Please view our Pay Transparency Statement","city":"Plano","state":"Texas


Posted: 2020-11-06 Expires: 2020-12-19

Performance with Purpose

Out performing ourselves is a rush. That's why we perform with purpose. Together, we blaze new trails, succeed, celebrate and then do something even bigger. We never settle for second best. At PepsiCo we're not just committed to performing well as individuals, but as a team, to strengthen the company as a whole.

Around the world, we're working hard to give people the tastes they crave and the nutrition they need. We dream globally and act locally, constantly innovating to sustain our planet, our people, our communities and our business practices. New markets mean new ways of doing business, and new ways of addressing health concerns, cultural differences and environmental challenges. Every day is an adventure, and an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

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