PepsiCo South Africa is recruiting: Work Integrated Learnership 2024 – R&D

Job Summary

PepsiCo South Africa is recruiting qualifying learners for the Work Integrated Learnership – R&D opportunity.

Location: Isando, South Africa

We employ approximately 12 000 South Africans across multiple sites including three corporate offices, over 40 production facilities, and approximately 70 distribution and warehouse facilities.

At PepsiCo South Africa, you will work with a range of iconic brands and products that reflect the diversity of the consumers PepsiCo are driven to serve.


What are we looking for?

  • Responsible for routine analytical and product quality tests
  • Lead base product collection from the production lines for development at pilot plant level.
  • Collaborate with product developers.
  • Support maintenance of pilot plant in accordance with 5 S
  • Daily Scale/balance verification
  • Weekly stock taking and communicating these needs to pilot plant manager.

  • Humidity Chamber water re-fill, drainage, and observation
  • Support R&D Tech/ New EHS representative on EHS initiatives (both local and onsite requirements- a few of which are ad hoc)
  • Food Safety- Ensure all cleaning records in seasoning area/chemical lab are up to date when facility is being used.
  • Monitor First aid box stock and re-stock at clinic when required.
  • Various ad hoc support requested by Lab manager.
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  • Support Bev lab PD with pilot plant standards of operation
  • Online training to enhance business knowledge.
  • Conduct seasoning applications, ensuring in
  • specification salt results are attained.
  • Operation of packaging machine:
  • -Film changes
  • -Sample coder
  • -X-ray calibration and learning new products

  • Conduct following Laboratory tests:
  • Salt Analysis
  • Oil Analysis
  • Bulk Density AnalysisParticle Size Analysis
  • Moisture Analysis
  • Plan and lead assigned R&D projects.
  • Compile project timelines and communicate to relevant teams to ensure required equipment and resources are available for use.

  • Plan resources for trials and when needed align priorities with Line Manager
  • Execute scale-up activities within PepsiCo owned Production Plants and pre-selected Co-manufacturers by working closely with Project lead.
  • Develop and prepare prototype samples under the direction of the project manager using safe and best practice operation of lab and pilot scale equipment.

  • Deliver concise, accurate and complete reporting on projects to Line Manager and Project Teams, with guidance on recommendations for ingredient, formulae, and process conditions.
  • Draft R&D technical data such as artwork specifications, process specifications and finished pack standards with approval from Project Manager
  • Work closely with Regulatory to ensure legal compliance.
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  • Support the maintenance of all R&D Analytical Laboratory and Pilot Plant equipment.
  • Perform analytical tests (Both Manual & Automated): Moisture, Salt, Oil, FFA, PV, Sodium, Reducing Sugars, NIR related, Texture, Packaging Barrier Properties, Seal Strengths, Gas Chromatography etc.
  • Support Health and Safety Agenda for R&D and related activities
  • Support HACCP and/ Food Safety related activities


What will qualify you for this role?

  • Minimum Qualification: Successfully completed the Theoretical part of their studies in scientific field with> 70% Average and in there last year of (Biochemistry, Food Technology or Engineering)
  • South African citizen
  • Good technical and analytical skills, basic knowledge of statistics, ability to interpret data and distil into useful and actionable information.
  • Supportive team player with an accurate, methodical, tidy, and reliable approach
  • Excellent people skills

  • Results driven, demonstrate an ability to persevere and provide timely and direct feedback to others.
  • High degree of self-motivation combined with good organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Eager to learn and use initiative, self-starter.
  • Ability to work independently and to deal with change and increasing complexity.
  • Integrity, Safeguard the Company’s designs, formulations, processes, and reputation in all matters.
  • Driving License

How to Apply

Please APPLY HERE or click/ tap on the link button below:

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PepsiCo is proud to be one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies. Every day, we are dedicated to bringing our mission to create more smiles with every sip and every bite to life.

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Our products are enjoyed more than one billion times a day in more than two hundred countries and territories around the world.

Working at PepsiCo is more than just a job. It’s your opportunity to build a career where your goals matter, your voice is respected, and your ideas are celebrated.

It’s your opportunity to be an integral part of our progressive organisation; shape the future of some of the world’s most iconic brands and grow personally and professionally.

Join PepsiCo to experience the possibilities that only a global FMCG leader can offer, while knowing that with every project, brand and initiative you work on, you have a positive impact on the planet and our communities.

“PepsiCo is an Equal Opportunity Employer in line with the Employment Equity Act”


  • Katlego Malope

    Katlego is a final-year student at the University of Johannesburg. Apart from bouncing molecules against each other in the Chemistry lab, she loves curating job opportunites for fellow youth. Katlego is also quite a singer!

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