PX Researcher I / Product Sensory Experience Researcher

Date: May 24, 2024

Location: New Century, KS, US

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 498319 

Job Description

IFF is looking for a researcher for the site in New Century, KS. The Product Experience researcher will design and execute sensory and consumer insights projects according to the 
category assignment. In this role you will analyze, report and present outcome of the research to internal and external partners. As Product Experience (PX) Researchers, we represent the voice of the consumer within IFF and help to drive regional sales by implementing research designs and effectively managing resources to ensure we create optimal products people love.


Proficiency in basic sensory and consumer testing methods and technical skills is essential to be effective in this role.


Major responsibilities include:
• Identify and implement sensory & consumer insights methods to match project 
objectives. Work on cross-function teams and collaborate effectively to design appropriate research.
• Generate sensory and consumer data.
• Be at ease with discriminative and descriptive sensory methods.
• Design quantitative consumer tests.
• Conduct qualitative consumer research (from creating moderator guides to 
moderating).
• Analyze quantitative consumer and sensory data using statistical models; Translate raw 
data into insights and actionable recommendations that support the development of flavors with guidance from manager.
• Present findings to internal stakeholders and customers (with guidance from Manager) 
to showcase consumer understanding in the flavors developed.
• Create workplans with assistance of manager but tracks progress independently.
• Work with PX team to collaborate on research (confer with Researchers, Descriptive 
Panel leader, and Technicians).
• Work closely with the Sensory Lab technician to plan internal testing.

Job Requirements


Essential
• BS degree in food science, Pharmacist-Biochemist, Food Engineering, Sensory science, Psychology, Neuroscience or related disciplines, with knowledge in Sensory Techniques and Consumer Research, and Statistical analysis applied to Sensory and consumer research.
• Learning agility and drive for results, creativity and problem solving
• Effective team player,
• Good written and verbal communication skills in English,
• Medium skills in sensory and consumer methodologies and data analysis, be at ease with statistical programs such as XLStat.
• Experience using Eye Question data collection software.
• Good presentation skills.
• Ability to leverage your expertise and knowledge to support less experienced team members.
• Effective team player.
• Advanced skills in Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word.

Preferred:
• Advanced skills in sensory & consumer methodologies and data analysis: training in qualitative research methods, sensory tools and expertise in advanced statistical techniques.
• Self-training skills, curiosity and learning improvement desire.


Required Experience:
• Minimum 3 years’ experience sensory and consumer research related fields.


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!

We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy. At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

Visit IFF.com/careers/workplace-diversity-and-inclusion to learn more.