General Mills is reshaping the future of food. We believe food makes us better. It nourishes our bodies, brings us joy and connects us to each other. As one of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Annie's Homegrown, Old El Paso, Epic Provisions, Blue Buffalo and more. Are you passionate about the future of food? You've come to the right table. We want the very best talent to help lead something big.
As part of the Product Guidance and Insights (PGI) team, the Senior Sensory Scientist provides strong leadership and collaboration with cross-functional teams to recommend and execute appropriate product and packaging consumer and sensory learning plans from optimization to confirmatory testing, inclusive of building/leveraging foundational product knowledge, understanding consumer behavior and the competitive landscape and protecting product quality. The ideal candidate will have a passion for deeply understanding consumers and applying sensory design principles to deliver the best consumer experience possible. This role is in support of Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW), a joint venture between General Mills and Nestle.
Influence and lead as the product design subject matter expert on the cross functional business team
Independently lead technically complex projects through appropriate product and packaging consumer and sensory learning plans from optimization to confirmatory testing, inclusive of building foundational product knowledge, protecting product quality, and enhancing consumer understanding
Facilitate consumer interactions to grow consumer empathy
Champion the consumer product voice on business teams
Collaborate with global team members on global initiatives for the platform
Translate data to insights through synthesis of qualitative consumer learning and interpretation of statistical analyses of quantitative testing
Synthesize and communicate key findings in a relevant and easy to understand manner and guide business teams to next steps in the product development process
Technical coach on sensory and consumer first principles and methods
Influence the business through strong business acumen and technical expertise
M.S. or PhD degree in Sensory Science, Food Science, Psychology, Consumer Science or related field
3 years of related experience
Strong sensory science technical skills, including a fundamental understanding of human perception and psychophysics
Competence in independently planning and executing sensory and/or consumer research
Exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and influence skills
Proven business partnering skills
Effective facilitation skills to lead competitive reviews, objective team tastings, etc.
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Consumer interviewing skills
Ability to independently manage resources and leverage existing data to effectively lead and influence multiple projects
Demonstrated understanding of applied statistical analysis, including design of experiments and multivariate analysis techniques.
Ability to apply knowledge quickly to solve a variety of technically complex questions
General Mills, Inc.