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Research Manager-Sensory & Consumer Science

Barilla - Bannockburn, IL



The 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 group guidelines.

Key Accountabilities

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 & Consumer Agencies.

Apply human senses and statistical models to describe and quantify the sensory differences between products and ingredients and to optimize products for consumer acceptance.

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 research

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 within budget

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

The Individual

must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. and will not now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status.

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Barilla is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Barilla to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances, nationally and internationally.


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