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Director-RD&A Sensory and Consumer Product Research

Requisition ID 4310
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Research and Development 
Recruiter #LI-MQ1
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Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

Director of Sensory and Consumer Product Research (SCPR)  reports to Vice President of SCPR, Analytical and Innovation.  The SCPR Director develops the strategy for the department and delivers on the strategy to deliver great tasting and nutritious products for Kerry’s customers.  Integrates both descriptive and consumer techniques across a variety of product categories, technology platforms and Strategic initiatives to grow the business.  She/he provide will provide technical expertise in all areas of Sensory, Consumer Science, and Statistics and broadly contributes to the Business Leadership Team.

 People management skills include developing and leading a team of up to 10 Sensory Scientists and support staff.  Responsible for talent management, staff development  programs and training, participating in goal setting engagement of employees across the business, prioritizing projects,  etc.

Key responsibilities

Director of Sensory and Consumer Product Research (SCPR)  reports to Vice President of SCPR, Analytical and Innovation.  The SCPR Director develops the strategy for the department and delivers on the strategy to deliver great tasting and nutritious products for Kerry’s customers.  Integrates both descriptive and consumer techniques across a variety of product categories, technology platforms and Strategic initiatives to grow the business.  She/he provide will provide technical expertise in all areas of Sensory, Consumer Science, and Statistics and broadly contributes to the Business Leadership Team.

 People management skills include developing and leading a team of up to 10 Sensory Scientists and support staff.  Responsible for talent management, staff development  programs and training, participating in goal setting engagement of employees across the business, prioritizing projects,  etc.

  • Applies sound, scientific practices and techniques to all phases of sensory and consumer testing in order to generate sound sensory data which the project team can use to make better business decisions and drive project success.
  • Works with project teams to identify opportunities where sensory and consumer product testing can be used most efficiently and effectively. Must be able to effectively lead, prioritize work and empower teams.
  • Recommends clear actionable objectives and the test methodology to be used to answer these objectives. Knowledgeable in identifying product insights, drawing conclusions and communicating recommendations & next steps to the project team and strategic players.
  • Collaborates with Marketing Insights, Strategic Marketing and provides technical expertise to a wide range of sensory RD&A to ensure that any consumer product research conducted externally is in line with business priorities.
  • Manage and maintain an external descriptive panel. 
  • Provides technical expertise to a wide range of Sensory Analysis and Consumer Product Research projects through the use of discrimination, descriptive and consumer techniques; statistical analysis and their applications. 
  • Champions the Kerry Evaluation Culture; encourages including consumers early and throughout the development cycle and the use of Designed of Experiments to speed up projects.   
  • Contributes to functional basic research projects including methodology development, training initiatives, alternative and creative ways to present statistical data, etc.

Stay current on applicable new methodology, technology, and industry trends and implement new methods, statistical procedures, etc. into program. 

 

 

Qualifications and skills

  • Management training and experience managing up to 10 direct reports. Experience conducting performance evaluations, motivating staff, instructing, coaching and mentoring; priority setting, etc. 
  • Strong background in Sensory, Statistics, Consumer Science, Food Science, etc.
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement and change management initiatives.
  • Problem solving and complaint resolution.
  • Generate proposals and presentations for upper management, customers, internal clients.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams at multi levels within the organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, coaching and conflict management skills.
  • Building high performing and effective teams. 

Relevant experience in sensory analysis and consumer product research including a working knowledge of a wide range of sensory and consumer techniques; statistical analysis and their applications. 


Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .                                                                                                         


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