Associate Manager – PepsiCo Gandipet Mandal / Hyderabad

About the Job – Associate Manager – PepsiCo Gandipet Mandal / Hyderabad

This role will assist the Specifications Management teams located in  Hyderabad Business Services (HBS) to ensure exceptional service is provided in support of R&D Spec Management globally. This role will apply technical expertise and coordinate with in-market and GBS employees, as well as external resources when required, to develop clear and concise Formula, Ingredient and/or Packaging specifications, maintain existing specs and supplier relationships, and manage tracking and uploading into relevant systems.

  • Deliver system and process training as needed
  • Identify potential areas for process improvements and employee upskilling to make recommendations to R&D GBS Leadership for continuous improvement
  • Leverage internal and external resources to develop or update existing ingredient and/or packaging specifications that are clear, concise, and accurate from spec readiness to supplier commercial qualification approval.
  • Learn, understand, and uphold Ingredient, Supplier, Third Party, Formula, and/or Beverage/Food Packaging Standards
  • Maintain and foster relationships with in-market R&D spec teams, other spec GBS teams, and external suppliers
  • Interact with and provide support to all disciplines to ensure complete and accurate specification. These stakeholders could include some or all of the following: Product Development (PD), Food Safety (FS), Regulatory Affairs (RA), Quality Assurance (QA), Procurement, Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA)
  • Manage Supplier relationships and serve as point of contact to gather information/data needed to build specifications; complete timely follow-ups to keep the process moving to completion
  • Collect supplier questionnaire and manage supplier alignment on spec details
  • For certain Specifications (eg. Foods & Beverages) initiate material testing requests and validate specification quality parameters
  • Maintain and update existing specs to ensure compliance with standards
  • Upload all paperwork (re. Supplier Specs) and materials qualifications into the appropriate system (Product Vision / SAP) and track workflow
  • For Packaging Specifications only: schedule and conduct Individual Component Specification (ICS) reviews, update documents, and manage supplier approval prior to internal review
  • Ensure all requests are processed, documented, and delivered within defined SLAs (Service Level Agreements)
  • Assess, respond, and escalate emerging business critical issues to avoid material supply shortages, outages and production delays
  • Professional work experience (2-5yrs) gained in Food/Beverage or Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry
  • Evidence of leadership skills when engaging with Senior Stakeholders and/or experience leading small teams
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, train, coach or mentor others in a technical capacity
  • Preference for experience in technology system conversion / implementation execution preferred
  • Ability to interpret and assess complex technical information and issues and seek alignment towards workable solutions
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to rapidly learn computer applications/programs & navigate systems
  • For Formula and Ingredient Specifications: basic understanding of Food Safety, Microbiology and Regulatory Affairs
  • Collaborative skills and strong interest in working with others across time zones; Ability to build relationships and work closely with both internal and external partners
  • Good communication skills – oral and written (e.g. communication on telephone, external and internal to PepsiCo, managing with other support group functions, etc.)
  • Ability to manage time effectively across multiple priorities and projects requiring a high degree of organizational and communication skills to ensure requests are delivered in a timely manner
  • Exceptional data organizational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Self-motivated & demonstrated ability to take initiative on projects
  • Fluent in English (HBS)
  • Fluent in English and Spanish (if located in MBS)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Food Engineering, Food Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemical Engineering or Chemical Engineering or equivalent relevant experience required.
  • For Packaging-specific roles: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Packaging-related field or equivalent relevant experience required
  • Prior experience of working in a global shared services environment and / or specifications management space preferred
  • Prior experience working in a large global CPG company, with understanding of the CPG performance outputs and measures preferred
  • Proven track record of identifying and championing new ingredient and packaging spec writing / management initiatives and process improvements


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