Senior Sensory & Consumer Insights Specialist - R&D

2 days left

Cleveland, OH, United States
Feb 09, 2017
Jun 01, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


Responsible for managing sensory panel activities and consumer science within the Solon R&D group for Nestle Professional.


Management and training of sensory panels

  • Recruit and develop a Sensory Descriptive Panel for one of our key business in North America
  • Manage all aspects of the Sensory Descriptive Panel including but not limited to glossary development, basic and product specific training, test execution, panel assessment and performance feedback.

Support Innovation & Renovation by Managing Sensory and Consumer topics within projects

  • As part of project team, drive the creation and implementation of detailed Sensory and Consumer plans.
  • Plan and execute tasting sessions with the support of technicians according to plans.
  • Analyze and interpret sensory data using appropriate statistical tools.
  • Report test results and provide actionable recommendations and present information, as applied to the R&D and business.
  • Consult with all internal (R&D) and external (PD, Marketing, etc.) clients to provide guidance on utilization of proper sensory and consumer methodology based on final project objective. 
  • Analyze consumer test such as Preference Mapping.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Conduct sensory training to all Nestle functions as needed especially new personnel in R&D, PD and Marketing. Training may also be extended to Nestle manufacturing facilities by request.
  • Manage panel time accounting program and reconcile monthly department expense reports.
  • Support NQMS initiatives


  • MS Degree in Food Science with strong background in Sensory and Consumer Sciences or equivalent experience
  • 5 years' experience in Sensory and Consumer fields
  • Software knowledge:  SIMS / Sensory software. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. R, XLStat is a plus
  • Strong statistical analysis and reporting capabilities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to work well in a team environment
  • Flexible work hours, as required by the business
  • Experience in Product Development activities


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