Margaret Dohnalek is the global head of technology scouting in corporate research and development
for PepsiCo. Simply put, her job—which the company created about two years ago—is to search the world for “the best of the best” in technology advancements and innovations that could benefit PepsiCo’s current and potential products and portfolio.
“Scouting is a complex function that requires the team to keep up on major technology advancements and innovation trends that are relevant to our business,” Dohnalek notes. “Leading technology scouting is a tremendous career opportunity because of the diversity of scientific challenges my team and I engage with on a daily basis—from advancing innovations in food and agro science to managing strategic partnerships with leading global innovators.”