This position provides Sensory Research and Guidance
leadership for Hillshire Brands Retail and Foodservice businesses through
extensive knowledge and application of front end consumer research
techniques (quantitative & qualitative), as well as core sensory
tools (discrimination testing, descriptive analysis, etc.) to drive
innovation. Proficient in food science; experience with frozen,
refrigerated and/or shelf stable meat products preferred. Works
independently and provides some training, mentoring and development of
subordinate sensory staff positions. Is recognized by Innovation
and R&D as a critical resource and is sought out for recommendations
about how sensory insights will impact a business decision.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Business Partner/Functional Lead: Serves as a
respected sensory resource for portfolio activities (innovation, margin
enhancements and quality improvements).
Acts as a business partner and sensory specialist for at
least one major product category or brand (e.g. Hillshire Farm Sausage)
or is responsible for leadership and methods advancement for one sensory
function (e.g. descriptive panel). Is externally focused and
agile…responds quickly to business needs by balancing industry research
best practices with existing resources and deep understanding of target
consumer to ensure robustness of research.
Utilizes the appropriate quantitative and qualitative
methods to drive research to obtain targeted product development guidance
and create consumer driven specifications on initiatives that align with
As a strategic business partner, effectively partners across
the organization, and in particular, within R&D
(Emerging Technologies, Culinary, Packaging, Product
Development, Process Engineering) and outside of R&D (Marketing,
Innovation, Consumer Insights, Supply Chain, Legal and Sales).
Also responsible for driving external partnerships
(Universities, Flavor Suppliers, Research Suppliers, etc.)
Department Leadership: Mentors junior level staff positions
for technical, business and professional development.
Serves as a key resource for subordinates to ensure they
understand best practices, protocols and sensory procedures.
Partners with senior staff to design and execute research to
advance internal and external methods and procedures.
Works with Director to make recommendations to Senior
Management about program process improvements and new methods
Prepares and maintains budgets concerning areas of
Models behaviors in action through refuse to lose attitude
and inspiring optimism throughout R&D.
Displays Leadership toward achieving R&D North Star
Advancement of the Field: Works with more senior sensory staff to advance the tools, methods, analysis and
business applications of sensory functions.
Exhibits unmatched expertise, continuous improvement and
learning via use and development of new research techniques to drive a
competitive advantage for Hillshire Brands.
Is an active member of at least one key external
organization (ASTM, IFT, Pangborn, Sensometrics, Society of Sensory Professionals, etc), and has the ability to connect with recognized
industry experts in the field.
Responsible for following one key technical journal or research
area of interest to department (e.g. research on emotions).
Communication and Technology Capabilities: Demonstrates
excellent oral (presentation, meetings) and written communication skills.
Solid proficiency in use of Microsoft tools (Word, Excel, and
Must have excellent understanding of statistical design,
analysis and interpretation of data, with the ability to decipher and
communicate strategic research implications.
Knowledge of Compusense software
or SIMS a plus. Must have extensive experience in Drivers of
Liking, Design of Experiments and Multivariate Analysis techniques.
Application of Food Science and Engineering Knowledge to
Sensory Design and Application: Has strong knowledge of food systems as
it relates to basic food science, food processing, food chemistry and
Must have food development understanding in order to ensure
appropriateness of design, execution and interpretation of both
analytical and consumer sensory testing.
Be aware of emerging food science trends and issues and
anticipate how those will impact project objectives and subsequent
Be able to ask R&D questions about food
processing/development and how food design will impact the sensory and
consumer perception of the prototypes and final product.
Must consider these factors when creating sensory test
Shows strong technical expertise in sensory science and has
equally strong project management skills, regularly makes contributions
that have a significant and positive impact on the performance of the
business/function, is viewed as an important resource within the
business/function and consistently models Hillshire Brands Behaviors in
B.S. in Sensory, Food Science or related field with 7+ years
of experience, OR M.S./Ph.D. in Sensory,
Food Science, or related field with 3-5 years of Sensory experience
Deep understanding of Statistical design a must
Extensive experience in all aspects of sensory is essential
Cross-functional training in Market Research is a plus. This
job requires proven project management and communication skills.
Extended work hours and/or travel may be necessary
Experience with meat a plus
The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE: HSH) is a
leader in branded, convenient foods. The company generated approximately
$4 billion in annual sales in fiscal 2013, has more than 9,000 employees,
and is based in Chicago. Hillshire Brands’ portfolio includes iconic
brands such as Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Hillshire Farm, State Fair, Van’s
Natural Foods, Sara Lee frozen bakery and Chef Pierre pies as well as
artisanal brands Aidells, Gallo Salame and Golden Island premium jerky. For more
information on the company, please visit www.hillshirebrands.com.
At Hillshire Brands, we believe that careers are as
unique as individuals. That's why we offer employment opportunities that
give you ownership of your career. All employees have a voice, and your
ideas are valued. As an employee of the company, your individual
contributions will make a significant impact on our overall success. Our
organization benefits from the passion of individuals working together,
so as an employee of Hillshire Brands you will have an opportunity to
further develop your skills, gain new experiences and build new
Hillshire Brands is an Equal Employment
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and maintains a Drug-Free