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UK Industrial Placement - Gatorade Sports Science

Internship in Leicester, United Kingdom

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Job Description

Here at PepsiCo, we have a 12 month student placement opportunity working in our Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) team in our Research & Development team based in Leicester.

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Walkers, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. For more information, visit

At PepsiCo innovation takes centre stage. That means our Global R&D team are at the heart of the action and are kept busy creating exciting new products for consumers across the world. In a fast-moving consumer environment, our research and development capability is crucial to provide a fresh twist to our favourite brands as well as creating new healthy choices that we need to succeed in the market. Focusing our research and development on meeting the latest consumer needs - whether nutrition, refreshment or indulgence –will drive our growth both now and in the future. Do you share our passion for innovation? If so we could take your talents to a whole new level.

What you’ll get up to:

Working in our GSSI team, your role will be to support GSSI international in working with the best athletes and sports teams in the world. It’s truly an amazing opportunity. The role will cover four main areas; service, research, education and innovation.

In service; you will be trained on GSSI standard operating procedures and accompany existing GSSI staff in the collection of data to inform personalised sports nutrition options. You will be required to complete the required paperwork and data entry into the GSSI global database, as well as assist in the testing process itself.

In research; you will be encouraged to analyse the data collected and assist in report and manuscript preparations.

In education; you will have the opportunity to attend the largest sports science conference in Europe and selected GSSI sponsored events (and, depending on the quality of the work completed, submit an abstract for presentation at one such event).

In innovation; you will work on new Gatorade technologies and sports nutrition products to gain insights for future development.

Other activities will include administration, sweat sample analysis, fluid balance testing, writing up results and reporting back to key members of the project teams.

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!


What we’re looking for:

  • Undergraduate student, following path to a degree level qualification (BSc) in Sport and exercise Science and Sports Nutrition or relevant discipline.
  • High degree of initiative and drive to deliver results of trials and activities with the ability to multi-task.
  • Keen to gain experience of working in professional sport and the food industry.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate to a diverse audience (verbal and written).
  • High degree of self-motivation combined with good organisational skills.
  • Confident to challenge where appropriate but willing to accept final decision is held by line manager.
  • Supportive teammate with an accurate, methodical, tidy and reliable approach.
  • Computer-literate (Microsoft Office).
  • Student will be required to work flexible hours which will be required for international travel.
  • Experience in sports science support, nutrition or exercise physiology testing (not essential).
  • Good knowledge of science and passion to help athletes optimise their performance through hydration and nutrition analysis and interventions.
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