Sensory Scientist – Product Guidance & Insight

Job Number: 13845
Location(s): Minneapolis, MN

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.

Job Details

Overview & Responsibilities

The Product Guidance & Insight Sensory Scientist ensures products are optimized and the quality as designed delivers on the critical sensory design principles and the job to be done.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Partner with Consumer Insights, Research and Development, Marketing, Packaging, Supply Chain, and other business and product teams to guide the optimization of new products, product improvements, and protect product quality as designed
  • Drive 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.
  • Facilitates consumer interactions to grow consumer empathy
  • Courageously champion product design and product quality as the sensory representative on business teams
  • Collaborate with global team members on global initiatives for the platform
  • Apply design of experiments to sensory and consumer testing
  • Synthesize qualitative consumer learning and interpret statistical analysis of results of quantitative sensory and consumer testing
  • Communicate key findings in a relevant and easy to understand manner and guide business teams to next steps in the product development process
Qualifications
  • M.S. degree in Sensory Science, Food Science, Psychology, Statistics, or related field
  • Exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and influence skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage resources and leverage existing data to effectively lead multiple projects

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience planning and executing sensory and/or consumer research in partnership with Product Design teams and/or GCI is preferred.
  • Fundamental understanding of applied statistical analysis, including design of experiments and multivariate analysis techniques.
  • Experience in using advanced statistics and modeling, to provide advanced analytic solutions to product and business teams.
  • Experience in using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and machine learning algorithms uncover impactful insights from textual data.

Overview & Responsibilities

The Product Guidance & Insight Sensory Scientist ensures products are optimized and the quality as designed delivers on the critical sensory design principles and the job to be done.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Partner with Consumer Insights, Research and Development, Marketing, Packaging, Supply Chain, and other business and product teams to guide the optimization of new products, product improvements, and protect product quality as designed
  • Drive 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.
  • Facilitates consumer interactions to grow consumer empathy
  • Courageously champion product design and product quality as the sensory representative on business teams
  • Collaborate with global team members on global initiatives for the platform
  • Apply design of experiments to sensory and consumer testing
  • Synthesize qualitative consumer learning and interpret statistical analysis of results of quantitative sensory and consumer testing
  • Communicate key findings in a relevant and easy to understand manner and guide business teams to next steps in the product development process

Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in Sensory Science, Food Science, Psychology, Statistics, or related field
  • Exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and influence skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage resources and leverage existing data to effectively lead multiple projects

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience planning and executing sensory and/or consumer research in partnership with Product Design teams and/or GCI is preferred.
  • Fundamental understanding of applied statistical analysis, including design of experiments and multivariate analysis techniques.
  • Experience in using advanced statistics and modeling, to provide advanced analytic solutions to product and business teams.
  • Experience in using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and machine learning algorithms uncover impactful insights from textual data.

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