PepsiCo: Amy Parsons - Careers case study
Amy Parsons is a Sustainability Engineer at PepsiCo
Tell us about your job as an engineer
My role as part of the Sustainability department has been looking at energy
efficiency, environmental systems and new technology to increase environmental
performance at factory level. From day to day running to bigger projects, I
led teams of front line employees engaging the factory in Sustainability and
differences they can make on a day to day basis. I have worked on projects
looking at reducing; gas, electricity, water and waste across the factory from
looking at oven and fryer efficiencies, compressed air reduction to water reuse
What subjects did you study for A-Level etc at school? (Please note: to refer
only to A-Level or alternative, please don't reference the university they
Chemistry, Maths, Biology & English Literature
What attracted you to a career as an engineer in the food and drink industry?
It's a large stable market with a variety of opportunities across the UK and
the world driven by high customer demand. There is such a variety of roles
available and different processes that you can be involved in to help develop
technical and personal skills with plenty of opportunities for career growth.
Pepsi's evolving technology and its commitments to the environment, its
customers and its people make it fantastic environment to be part of.
What's the most exciting project you've worked on so far?
After spending 11 months of my placement at Skelmersdale manufacturing site
producing crisps and snacks, I spent the last month of my placement at Copella
Suffolk to start up a ReCon (Resource Conservation) Team from scratch. It was a
whole new factory, new processes and new people which was an exciting challenge
for such a short time scale.
What are your favourite parts of your job?
Working with the front line teams and seeing a real difference be made in the
factory. Seeing the progression of renewable technologies being installed into
factories and the next steps to become fossil fuel free!
What advice would you give to people considering the MEng Food Engineering
course at Sheffield Hallam University?
Engineering is a great degree to have and it doesn't always mean getting your
toolbox out, it is such a varied course that will give you many skills in
different areas. Industrial placements are invaluable experience and will give
insight into the industry you are going into and give you the skills needed to
go straight into a job after Uni.
What personal qualities are important for being an engineer?
Good personal/ communication skills, be organised and have the ability to
learn quickly and apply technical skills to a variety of situations.
Favourite product produced by your company and why?
Walkers Cheese and Onion Crisps. They go great in a Panini!
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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014