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Director, Nutrition Science - Barrington, IL

Date: May 21, 2011

Location: Barrington, IL, US

PepsiCo Nutrition is central to the Company's future and instrumental in innovation efforts. This role is integral in helping to shape the organization in these efforts for the Global Nutrition Group and the Quaker food, snack and beverage businesses so they reflect company wide approaches. This position has responsibility for global project and process management that requires a broad scope and understanding of international and US nutrition agendas.




         Establish, coordinate, and lead a research program advancing the translation of nutrition science of our grains portfolio in key clinical areas e.g. heart health, weight management and diabetes, with specific consumer relevance.


         Evaluate and translate internal and external clinical data to identify market ready opportunities for the business units and drive the integration of such opportunities in terms of claims, IP, Positioning, into future product platforms


         A keen understanding of consumer needs is necessary to design a research program which will deliver relevant solutions to the business in a format that is readily applicable in consumer products.


         Support PepsiCo Nutrition senior leadership with key positions on new and emerging nutrition science, provide presentations to support business and nutrition leaders on specific research platforms. Prepare content for the global R&D report which highlights the nutrition research program.


         Enable the organization to make informed decisions on innovation on health and wellness related issues in the context of grains, fiber and key health states such as heart health, weight management and diabetes.


         Ability to network internally, and influence highly matrix teams to achieve the end goal is a must; key stakeholders will be regulatory, marketing, legal, product development, consumer insights and business unit leaders.


         Identify talent; build capability and higher levels of competency for scientific research and rigor within your team to advance the translation of nutrition science in PepsiCo products to the best possible standard.


         Maintain a strong network with the academic community, key influencers, federal and trade organizations, in addition to peers within industry.


         Leverage position housed in US business to foster communication and sharing of best practices across the globe. Build key relationships across a complex matrix environment with competing priorities, with ability to balance scientific interests with commercial needs.


         Provide leadership to Quaker regional partners by recognizing opportunities of synergy and cross collaboration in terms of sharing scientific and technical insights.


         Manage at least one direct report with the possibility of additional direct reports in the future.






         Publication and patent filling record.


         Monitoring of project work by the team and org health results.


         Feedback from stakeholders and regional Nutrition and direct reports.


         Feedback from stakeholders and regional Nutrition Directors to transfer information or approaches to find solutions






         PhD with 10+ years experience in Nutrition science research in a commercial environment. Strong publication record.


         Ability to lead a team and coordinate a scientific program and budget.


         Demonstrated ability to design a clinical program with tangible marketable outcomes for example claims, IP positioning etc.


         Demonstrated ability in commercially relevant research.


         Strong leadership presence and ability to work and communicate effectively in cross functional teams, while aggressively working together to meet timelines.


         Proven ability to influence at all levels of the organization.


         Excellent interpersonal, and communication skills


         Flexibility and ability to work with diverse cultural backgrounds, personalities,



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