Sensory and Consumer Science Scientist (Leuven- long term temporary)

26-3-2020 leuven
company profile

As part of the Global Sensory and Consumer science group, you will develop and align Sensory and Consumer learning plans related to commercial or technical project to ensure successful innovation launches to be implemented in 6 geographical Zones (North America, Middle America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific). You will define adequate combination of product space design and methods are used to answer project objectives and research questions. You will ensure the correct translation of consumer insights into technical brief for new products that will drive topline revenue growth.

job description

- Guide Competitive intelligence programs, Category expansion liquid learning plans and associated research with top 20 markets. Track competitiveness performance of our products and portfolio vs. competition. Validate category expansion strategy and taste segment in each market, identify new opportunities. Partner with Zone R&Ds, Global & Zone insights to align those plans and portfolio decisions with zone VP Supply and Marketing.
- Lead execution of project plan including briefing and supervision of external research agencies fieldworks & sensory panels across zones, brief and coordination of internal teams, data analysis & reporting, debrief. Transform results into insights and simple recommendation to allow key stakeholders to make portfolio strategic decisions.
- Develop Sensory & Consumer science capabilities and join best practices task forces across functions and zones.
- Build toolkits, consolidating insight and patterns, sharing knowledge to maximize synergies and speed when replicating Innovation and strategic projects.
- Guide and train Zones S&CS mangers and teams: induction and advanced training on S&CS toolkits and programs, monthly coaching.
- Sustain and develop external network related to Sensory, Physiology, Nutrition, Psychology, Behavior, Semiotic, Applied Data science, Design of Experiments and Consumer science.
- Ensure access to best in class external expertise where not available in house and leverage for long term Technical and Commercial pipelines.

your contribution

- Master or PhD in Food Science/ Physiology/ Nutrition/ Psychology/ Consumer behavior/
- Applied Statistics or Data science.
- Minimum 3 years of experience in Sensory & Consumer science field.
- Fluency in English (written/spoken), other language skills constitute an additional asset.
- Data collection & Data analytics software skills such as: Eye questions, Fizz or Compusense, Xlstats, R, Python.
-Ability to streamline communication, tell a story from results and keep things simple.
- Excellent analytical skills and problem-solving skills are expected.
- Strong interpersonal leadership and communication skills. Collaborative and strong team spirit. Like coaching and training. Excellent listener with strong influence and negotiation skills.
- Team building and motivational skills, able to switch between tasks according to business needs and to prioritize for the team accordingly.
- Act as an Owner, Service minded with a customer oriented and continuous improvement mind-set.
- Excellent organizational and planning skills with a pragmatic mindset.
- Demonstrated experience as a project & team leader with proven track record of successful delivery.
- Put things in context and develop options and recommendations for the team, taking costs & time & quality into account.
- Able to work in an environment in which priorities, project scope and time schedules will be set and adjusted often.

what do we offer?

Are you looking for a new opportunity in the Food industry? Then this maybe is the right fit for you!

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