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Crop Protection Scientist Global

Posted 16 Jul 2024
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PepsiCo is looking for Crop Protection Scientist, Global to join in Leicester, UK.

Job Purpose

This position with the R&D Agricultural Science team will unlock future growth for regional pest and disease solutions in crops important to PepsiCo.

In this role you will support research and the identification of pests and diseases in production regions with an emphasis on potatoes, oats, and other crops relevant to business.

This multi-region role will partner with global future farm teams by supporting the development of advantaged raw materials addressing quality, food safety, and supply chain resilience.

You will work with a global multi-disciplinary team complementing PepsiCo’s genetics, breeding, system biology, agronomy, and sustainability activities.


Responsibilities
  • Deliver on project goals that support pests and disease resistance solutions, including owning the experimental lifecycle: develop strategies, negotiate costs, design experiments, organize and analyze emergent data, generate reports, and present conclusions and recommendations back to the business – Decide/Execute
  • Partner with internal variety-specific agronomy (VSA) trialing teams for improved biotic stress resistance/tolerance and support sustainable regional agronomic practices for pest and disease management – Execute/Inform
  • Function as a regional subject matter expert in pest and disease identification for PepsiCo. – Consult
  • Operate in a highly collaborative environment that includes regional leads, breeders, physiologists, molecular/biochemical scientists, agronomists, farm personnel, technicians, and data modelers. – Influence
  • Identify regional collaborators with expertise, and manage collaborative partnerships to evaluate region-specific pathogens and pests on PepsiCo crop varieties to align with PEP+ sustainability goals – Execute/Influence
  • Conduct high-quality research on crop pathology to future-proof the business against resistance breakdown, changing pathogen populations, identification of novel resistance or solutions, and other evolving factors affecting pest and disease resistance. -Decide/Execute
  • Prepare AOP budget for regional trialing activities and track spend against all projects - Execute
  • Provide regular and timely project progress updates to senior stakeholders to ensure continued alignment with business objectives – Execute/Influence

Qualifications
  • PhD in Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Plant Science, Horticulture, Crop Science, Crop Protection, or Plant Breeding, Agricultural Sciences or related discipline with a minimum of 5 years of commercial experience or equivalent (Masters with >8 years Strongly desire 3+ years commercial experience at Agricultural Science company in the field of seed science and technology).
  • Exemplary skills and knowledge in the identification of pests and diseases in key PepsiCo crops (i.e. potatoes, oats, etc.)
  • Demonstrate successful experience in the design and analysis of plant pathology research (field and laboratory), including identification of pathogen/pest, phenotyping plant response to pest/disease, and disease scoring evaluation in crops relevant to business (i.e potatoes, oats, others)
  • Previous experience in managing data streams, quantitative and statistical data analysis, and maintaining accurate records of scientific activities
  • Excellent communication and networking ability with internal and external audiences with a wide range of scientific expertise.
  • Proficient at identifying and leveraging collaboration with regional experts in academic, government, and private industry for pest and disease solutions across multiple time zones.
  • Experience in the R&D industry with knowledge of both plant breeding practices and principles of agronomic investigation is an advantage
  • Available to travel internationally for up to 50% time with limited notice to changing regional pest and disease pressures.
  • Deliver on project goals that support pests and disease resistance solutions, including owning the experimental lifecycle: develop strategies, negotiate costs, design experiments, organize and analyze emergent data, generate reports, and present conclusions and recommendations back to the business – Decide/Execute
  • Partner with internal variety-specific agronomy (VSA) trialing teams for improved biotic stress resistance/tolerance and support sustainable regional agronomic practices for pest and disease management – Execute/Inform
  • Function as a regional subject matter expert in pest and disease identification for PepsiCo. – Consult
  • Operate in a highly collaborative environment that includes regional leads, breeders, physiologists, molecular/biochemical scientists, agronomists, farm personnel, technicians, and data modelers. – Influence
  • Identify regional collaborators with expertise, and manage collaborative partnerships to evaluate region-specific pathogens and pests on PepsiCo crop varieties to align with PEP+ sustainability goals – Execute/Influence
  • Conduct high-quality research on crop pathology to future-proof the business against resistance breakdown, changing pathogen populations, identification of novel resistance or solutions, and other evolving factors affecting pest and disease resistance. -Decide/Execute
  • Prepare AOP budget for regional trialing activities and track spend against all projects - Execute
  • Provide regular and timely project progress updates to senior stakeholders to ensure continued alignment with business objectives – Execute/Influence

PepsiCo is een van de grootste voedingsmiddelen- en drankenbedrijven ter wereld met een netto-omzet van ruim 60 miljard dollar en 285.000 medewerkers in meer dan 200 landen. PepsiCo voert een groot aantal merken, waarvan er 23 een jaarlijkse omzet hebben van meer dan 1 miljard dollar.
Als PepsiCo Nederland voeren wij bekende sterke merken zoals 7UP, Alvalle, Caleb’s Kola, Cheetos, Doritos, Duyvis, Gatorade, Lay's, Mountain Dew, Naked, Pepsi, Quaker, Snack a Jacks, Sunbreaks en Tropicana.

FMCG
Utrecht
Active in 200 countries
285,000 employees
50% men - 50% women
Average age is 30 years