Full Job Description
The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.
No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!
Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration
We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day.
As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.
All posting locations: Glenview, Illinois, United States of America
Job Function: 10 - R&D
Department: 10 - 05 - Product Research- Culinary
Date Published: 29-Jul-2021
Job Type: Regular
Description & Requirements
The Sensory & Consumer Science Sr. Scientist provides guidance research leadership- coordination and integration for all sensory and consumer research activities on assigned brands. Responsible for the day- to-day sensory and consumer project management as well as descriptive panel leadership activities for specified Kraft Heinz product categories. Provides Sensory and Consumer research consultation and thought leadership to all levels of R&D and other functional areas. Identifies information needs to guide product development from winning concept to product launch on assigned category. Accountable for all planning- data analysis- on time reporting and business actionable recommendations based on sensory and consumer research data for assigned category. Provides leadership in improving the productivity and impact of sensory and consumer research tools- methods and processes for the business. Assists the Sr. Manager- Sensory and Consumer Science in meeting the overall research and information needs of R&D.
Key Components of the role
Plays a leadership role in guiding innovation and renovation projects by providing actionable recommendations based on key findings from primary sensory and consumer research for assigned category and brands.
Provides complete sensory and consumer research projects to support assigned category- participates in development of overall project objectives- executes against same- and recommends action plans to implement key findings. Leads more complex- strategic projects.
Leads Sensory QDA Panel for assigned category; develop and maintain panel and provide sensory evaluation project support
Leads Sensory fundamentals training and category specific training for R&D- marketing- sales and plant personnel to ensure consistent sensory evaluation practices.
Provides support for Sensory support staff and manages Sensory facilities in Warrendale location
Able to handle high levels of complexity; capable of collecting information from different sources
Consults with internal and external clients
Develops deep understanding of Kraft Heinz Company business
Provides input into business strategy and consumer insights
Develops and utilizes novel methodologies to meet changing business needs
Interacts and influences all levels of Brand and R&D Team (Technician to VP). Facilitates consensus on category project teams.
Collaborates with Corporate Consumer Insights function and Senior Consumer Insights Management.
Manages activities of research suppliers. Sets high standards- provides on-going feedback. Appropriately questions and challenges suppliers to ensure best thinking and continuous improvement
Represents Kraft Heinz in professional organizations and meetings
Minimum Bachelor’s degree (Food Science- Physical Science- Social Science or Market Research preferred). MS in Sensory Science preferred.
Minimum 4 years with BS or 2 years with MS Sensory or Consumer research experience in increasingly responsible positions. Experienced across all research techniques/applications. Consumer packaged goods experience required.
Strong generalized knowledge and experience of Sensory and Consumer testing methodologies including descriptive analysis- panel moderating- discrimination testing- consumer research- questionnaire design- data analysis and interpretation.
Highly developed soft skills required for effective data presentation and business influence based on results.
Deep knowledge into category specific methodology and serving protocols for the assigned category.
Competency with Windows based software (Microsoft Office)
Advanced understanding of basic and multivariate statistics
Strong interpersonal and team skills (organization- prioritization- communication- and flexibility)
Strong problem solving and attention to detail skills
Strong consultation and influencing capability
Ability to simplify complex data analysis to actionable- easy to understand insights.
Able to multi task- work alone and in a team
Experience with XLSTAT- SIMS and RedJade Data Collection software a plus
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity