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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 will shake things up, shape trends, and get guidance and development to help you discover your potential.

We are looking for enthusiastic undergraduates to join our R&D teams on a 12-month placement programme starting in July 2024 on a full-time basis.

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.

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.


Product Development – Product Development Technician

Preferred degree in Food Science

Product Development

Within the R&D Foods Products Teams you will be supporting product innovation, productivity and/or continuity projects. You will work alongside scientists on creative product development in R&D development kitchens, process labs and manufacturing plants. You will have lots of autonomy where your work will directly impact current products and future innovation within our business.

What you will be doing

  • Hands on product development, including planning and executing kitchen, pilot and factory scale trials
  • 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.
  • Other activities will include arranging product testing programmes, sample shipment, administration, submitting samples for laboratory analysis, writing up results and reporting back to key members of the project teams.

Research & Development opportunities are based out of Beaumont Park, Leicester.


What are we looking for?

  • Students currently in their penultimate year of university studies, where the course includes the option of completing a sandwich placement before returning to study after the placement.
  • An intellectual curiosity and a willingness to challenge accepted ways of doing things
  • Eagerness to learn and grow your career and aspire to be our future leaders.
  • 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?

Our placements start in July 2024 on a full-time basis and will last for 12 months, with a salary of £22,000.

Beaumont Park, Leicester is home to our Europe R&D hub (and your placement year!). This site hosts associates from R&D, Supply Chain and Consumer Relations. In addition to the office and meeting spaces, the site has state of the art pilot facilities, analytical labs and innovation kitchens

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 Porte

Our application process involves

  • Online application
  • Digital interview
  • Virtual Assessment Centre

Application Closing Date: 24th March 2024

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.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo UK is home to some of the world's most loved food and drink products. Making every day favourites like Walkers, Quaker, Doritos, Pipers, and Monster Munch & Rockstar, to name a few! We have a fantastic reputation for developing and launching products that our consumers love. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers around the world more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories. The company generated $70 billion in net revenue in 2020. We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and have recently been voted Top Employer for the 11th year in a row.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Beverages and Convenient Foods by Winning with PepsiCo Positive (Pep+). Pep+ is our strategic end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability at the centre of how we will create value and growth by operating within planetary boundaries and inspiring positive change for planet and people. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

We are an equal opportunity employer and comply with the Equality Act 2010, we value diversity at our company; it is an essential part of our success. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, pregnancy or maternity, marital/civil partnerships, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, gender or gender reassignment, disability or race including; colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin.