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PX Senior Researcher

Date: Nov 10, 2021

Location: Hilversum, North Holland, NL, 1221 JT

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description

About You: 

To be successful in this role, you must have 8-12 years of experience in the field of sensory and consumer research, preferably in the food and beverage industry as well as experience in cross functional team management. You are strategic and insightful while being pragmatic and results oriented. More than anything, you are passionate about the profession and want to make a difference. 


As a Product Experience Senior Researcher, you will:

•    Work with cross functional teams (category leaders, commercial, marketing, innovation, creation, and design teams) and effectively design and implement sensory & consumer insights methods for product development and formulation for the creation of products people love  
•    Be the voice of the consumer and create product experience insights to bring to customers  
•    Generate sensory and consumer data through: 
      o    Effective use of discriminative and descriptive sensory methods 
      o    Design of quantitative consumer tests 
      o    Design & execution of qualitative consumer research (from creating moderator guides to moderating, assimilating results, and reporting) 
•    Analyze complex consumer and sensory data using statistical models, textual analysis, etc.; translate effectively raw data into insights and actionable recommendations that support the development and design of products  
•    Responsible for supporting the development and implementation of new research tools and models to provide future in-depth insights to products and consumer behavior  
•    Present findings to internal stakeholders and customers to guide development and showcase consumer understanding in the products developed  
•    Collaborate with regional and global Product Experience Team  
•    Coach and mentor junior team members



Required Skills: 

•    High level of expertise in sensory approaches as well as qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and related data analysis; being at ease with statistical programs such as R, SPSS, JMP, Xlstat 
•    Strategic thinking, learning agility and drive for results, creativity, problem solving and strong business acumen 
•    Strong people skills and an effective team player and coaching skills 
•    Influencing and networking skills 
•    Ability to craft a compelling story driven by data to deliver insights 
•    Demonstrating inclusive leadership within cross-functional teams 
•    Able to work autonomously with minimal supervision by manager  
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English    

Required Experience: 

•    Minimum 8 years of experience in sensory and qualitative / quantitative consumer research, preferably within food and beverage manufacturing 
•    Masters and or PhD in Sensory Science, Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience, Food Science or related area  


Preferred Experience:

•    Advanced skills in statistical analysis
•    Trained in qualitative research methods 


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.  Your Uniqueness Unleash Our Potential!