Quaker | Tropicana | Gatorade Sensory Scientist II – Barrington, IL

PepsiCo is a world leader in convenient foods and beverages, with 2005 revenues of more than $32 billion and more than 157,000 employees.

The company consists of Frito-Lay North America, PepsiCo Beverages North America, PepsiCo International and Quaker Foods North America. PepsiCo brands are available in nearly 200 countries and territories and generate sales at the retail level of about $85 billion.

PepsiCo offers product choices to meet a broad variety of needs and preference -- from fun-for-you items to product choices that contribute to healthier lifestyles.

PepsiCo’s mission is “To be the world's premier consumer products company focused on convenient foods and beverages. We seek to produce healthy financial rewards to investors as we provide opportunities for growth and enrichment to our employees, our business partners and the communities in which we operate. And in everything we do, we strive for honesty, fairness and integrity.”

Conduct sensory and consumer research in support of product development, processing and packaging research initiatives. Scientist will work with the technical community, business team and vendors to design and conduct appropriate research to advance knowledge of the product and meet the business objectives.

Specifically, the scientist will determine appropriate research methodologies, coordinate tests, analyze and interpret experimental data and provide technical recommendations, reporting results orally and in written documentation.

Minimum Technical Job Requirements:
- MS: Major in Food Science (thesis in Sensory) or Experimental Psychology with a minimum of 4 years experience in a Sensory & Consumer Research position in a major consumer packaged goods company.
- Working knowledge of discrimination, descriptive and consumer test methods
- Training and experience applying experimental design and statistics to sensory research
- Ability to lead and manage multiple projects
- Ability to interpret complex data and relate impact on the business
- Working knowledge of statistical analysis programs(i.e. SPSS, SAS)
- Experience in consumer research methods for new products, especially in the area of Fuzzy Front End/Qualitative methods
- Experience with automated sensory data collection systems a plus
- Multivariate statistics a plus

Personal Job Requirements:
- Well developed interpersonal and communication skills
- Demonstrates a positive attitude with passion, flexibility and excitement
- Takes initiative; results driven
- Demonstrates intellectual curiosity

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