Research Manager-Sensory & Consumer Science provides leadership and
expertise to effectively design and conduct the innovative sensory and
consumer test protocols and analyze the research data supporting long- and
short-term business strategy. Recommendations are to be formulated by
data analysis and will be used to support projects and mitigate risks
identified in new or existing product/packaging opportunities in the
Americas Region in alignment with global Research, Development and Quality
- Develop and implement sensory
and consumer studies that provide guidance to R&D for the design
and optimization of products/packages in the Americas.
- Apply best-in-class sensory
& consumer methodologies to help develop superior products in
accordance with group sensory guidelines and local standards.
- Ensure the quality of our
products through monitoring sensory characteristics of our brands at
all manufacturing sites in alignment with defined specifications.
- Develop and apply new
methodologies of Sensory & Consumer Science in the Americas.
- Manage in autonomy Sensory
& Consumer studies in the Americas, concerning products under
development or already in the market, in order to assess consumer
preference and sensory attributes.
- Evolve the local sensory
practice, supporting continuous improvement on new
ingredients/technologies for effective development, cost optimization,
quality improvement or processing efficiencies in alignment with local
desired financial targets.
- Analyze and interpret sensory
and consumer data and report on findings in order to leverage value
added consumer insights, in coordination with top class Sensory &
- Apply human senses and
statistical models to describe and quantify the sensory differences
between products and ingredients and to optimize products for consumer
- Apply project management
principles to execute multiple project work and ensure development
activities are aligned with timelines.
- Provide expertise on sensory
evaluation to Barilla Americaís teams, collaborating with Market
Research in order to improve consumer understanding.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelorís degree in Food or
Sensory Science or related field OR Behavioral or Social
Science fields; Masterís degree or PhD preferred
- Minimum of 5 years of
experience working in or with a food manufacturing company (agency,
research center, etc.)
- Minimum of 5 years of
identifying food sensory methods, and executing sensory and consumer
- Experience in data analysis
with actionable business results presented to the business
- Proven experience leading a
project and motivating a team to deliver business results on time and
- Excellent written and verbal
communication skills; experience writing technical papers
- Strong attention to detail,
organized self-starter/motivated and able to work autonomously
- Proficient in MS Office;
experience in SAS and/or SPSS preferred
- Ability to travel
domestically and internationally up to 15% of the time
must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. and
will not now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa
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