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Product Experience , Cognitive Science Group - Data Science Researcher

Date: Nov 22, 2021

Location: Hilversum, North Holland, NL, 1221 JT

Company: IFF Family of Companies


It’s an exciting time to be part of IFF, we are looking for our next Product Experience, Cognitive Science Group - Data Science Researcher to become part of our industry-leading team.


As Product Experience, Cognitive Science Group - Data Science Researcher, we represent the voice of the consumer within IFF and help to build powerful insights driving innovation and adding value to our clients and consumers. IFF Netherlands is looking for a curious, passionate and experienced Data Science Researcher for the site in Hilversum, to support and optimize our Flavours categories. Reporting to PX Cognitive Science Global Leader, you will help identify and translate data-driven, actionable insights along with competitive and market analyses into more effective innovation and collaborate with key stakeholders to develop clear and strategic Flavours offerings. You will also manage consumer testing across Flavours categories, collect test data for statistical analysis, interpreting and communicating test results and efficiently manage all resources in the department.


About you:


To be successful in this role, you will have an analytical and creative mindset with knowledge of innovation landscape.  Must be an independent, strategic, and creative thinker who is a strong team player and willing to take on additional responsibilities as necessary.  
Possess the ability to work in a fast-paced ever-changing environment and have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. 


As PX, Cognitive Science Group-Data Science Researcher , you will spend your time…



  • Driving both qualitative and quantitative creative research to create and champion strategic recommendations based on data, market trends and consumer facts
  • Synthesizing research findings into actionable insights for the Flavors teams, backed by robust data
  • Analyzing existing data to uncover fact-based insights and partner with key sales, marketing, and creative teams to develop holistic customer offerings
  • Providing training to marketing and sales to ensure that key insights are understood and can be effectively leveraged to secure customer briefs as well as promote CI capabilities to both Account Managers and directly to customers whenever needed.
  • Leading internal descriptive panels and design tests, recommending appropriate strategic and brief oriented tests
  • Briefing vendors and assess proposals against aims, objectives and budgets
  • Delivering against the company and team goals and timelines, tailoring research approaches accordingly


Required Skills:



  • Analytical and creative mindset with knowledge of innovation landscape
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced ever-changing environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Self-motivation and the ability to juggle an array of tasks






Required Experience:


•    Minimum 10 years’ experience sensory and consumer research
•    Master and or PhD in Sensory Science, Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, Chemistry, Statistics, Behavioral Economics, or related area
•    High expertise level in quantitative sensory and consumer methodologies, and related data analysis; being at ease with statistical programs such as R, SPSS, JMP, Excel stat etc.
•    Upfront knowledge in programming is a plus



Culture Principles:

•    ACT AS AN OWNER – We take ownership and work with passion and integrity. Our teams are empowered to make decisions and help the entire organization thrive.
•    BE AGILE – We constantly push for progress and respond to the needs of our customers and the world with speed, skill, and creativity.
•    COLLABORATE AND WIN TOGETHER – Our bond with our customers and colleagues will power innovation and our shared success.
•    BE INCLUSIVE – We have a proud history of honoring and fostering diversity and inclusion. Our commitment is to embrace diversity of thought, enhance the feeling of inclusion for all employees and transform our future.  


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