Principal Scientist, Sensory

Mccormick Hunt Valley , MD 21031

Posted 7 days ago

McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Principal Scientist

  • Sensory within the Technical Innovation Center (TIC), located at 204 Wight Avenue in Hunt Valley, MD. The Principal Scientist

  • Sensory will report to the Sensory and Consumer Science Director.

With more than $4 billion in annual sales, the Company manufactures markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. We create differentiating flavors consumers prefer with unmatched quality, science, innovation and service. Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. McCormick makes every moment and meal better

As a company recognized for exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick offers a wide variety of benefits, programs and services. Benefits include, but are not limited to, tuition assistance, medical, dental, vision, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), profit sharing, paid holidays and vacations.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Principal Scientist Sensory plans, collects, analyzes, interprets and reports accurate sensory-related data that results in actionable product development guidance. This Scientist delivers excellent sensory and consumer guidance to research projects, the development and improvement of new and existing products, and the development and implementation of best practice sensory methodology.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responds to business needs through studies utilizing the assessment of human response to products

  • Identifies the specific sensory and consumer research needs of product development teams and other customers

  • Designs, implements, analyzes, interprets and reports research results that evaluate the performance of products, guide the product development process, and support product innovation

  • Evaluates, develops, and implements new sensory methods to address specific sensory / consumer issues

  • Performs statistical analysis of data (especially design of experiments and multivariate techniques)

  • Frames product developers' research needs into actionable sensory and consumer studies

  • Puts scientific principles into action in a business setting to achieve results that move projects forward and accepts responsibility for making things happen

  • Executes timely, cost-effective research within guidelines and standards set by the sensory profession

  • Conducts both analytical sensory (descriptive and discrimination) and consumer testing (qualitative, quantitative and exploratory)

  • Effectively links sensory and consumer data to provide project teams with accurate, impactful, and actionable reports, to both internal and external clients, with conclusions and recommendations resulting from the research findings, ensuring projects are delivered to successful completion

  • Assists the development of new, improved and/or more cost effective descriptive and consumer science research tools, methods and processes

  • Works with key stakeholders to develop their understanding of Consumer Science and the value to the businesses with the goal of having Consumer Science integral to business and processes

  • Provides technical direction and mentoring to and/or supervising other scientific professionals on staff

  • Provides broad consultation to internal units as well as external customers

  • Makes presentations on sensory evaluation to professional organizations and/or continuing education programs/seminars

  • Serves on key customer teams

  • Conducts research and development in the areas of Sensory Science that are of interest to the corporation

  • Stays current with literature and information about sensory evaluation

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • MS Degree in Sensory Science, Food Science, Statistics, Psychology or another related field with minimum 10 years of Sensory Science project work experience OR BS in related discipline with minimum 15 years of Sensory Science project work experience

  • Minimum 5 years in major project team leadership capacities

  • Experience in the application of sensory (descriptive, discrimination) and consumer research (CLT, HUT, focus groups)

  • Experience integrating sensory and consumer methods into research plans, integrating data and drawing conclusions

  • Experience in the development, training and maintenance of Descriptive Analysis Panels

  • In-depth knowledge of technical tools that support sensory testing (automated data collection systems, statistical software)

  • Proficiency in statistical analysis

  • Experience coaching and mentoring others

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience effectively collaborating across levels and functions within own organization and with outside customers and vendors

  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment

  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment

  • Experience successfully presenting to customers

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD in Sensory Science, Food Science, Statistics, Psychology, or another related field

  • External recognition in area of Sensory Science

  • Proven record of creative scientific achievement

  • Recognized initiative and creativity for contributions to the food production industry

  • Qualitative training and demonstrated experience in moderation

McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a general policy, McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future.


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