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Senior Program Manager M&B Sensory

Company: Campbells
Location: Camden
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Job Description:

Imagine ...working for a company that knows that its people are the key to its success in the marketplace. A company in which achieving extraordinary results and having a stimulating work experience are part of the same process. We cultivate and embrace a diverse employee population. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our growth and enrich our global culture. We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference. General Summary: The Senior Program Manager manages the sensory program, works closely with cross-functional Business Unit R&D partners and other key stakeholders to drive alignment and coordination of the sensory programs and projects. This position is part of leadership team, reports into the VP R&D of the Meals & Beverage Division. This role also reports to the head of Enterprise Sensory & Flavor functionally. The Senior Program Manager provides thought leadership to frame and evolve strategic focus areas for new and emerging sensory methods. The successful candidate will assess organizational needs and provide sensory recommendation and testing solutions based on their strong sensory expertise. Primary Responsibilities: Provide strategic leadership in recommending and executing the product & consumer testing for the Americas (soup, broth, meals, sauces and beverages); Collaborates and partners with R&D to ensure the best design / method used against project objectives. Partner and collaborate with Strategy and Consumer Insights to create the vision and execute with maximum impact. Drive sensory & consumer knowledge building for key attributes of CSC products, packages & technologies; Understands design to consumer value concepts and tools. Act as a senior member within the Enterprise Sensory & Flavor team; provides support in integrating/ sharing synergies, best practice & collaboration opportunities; Collaborates when appropriate with Integrated Insights organization. Provide program direction and guidance for staff of 2 sensory scientists and 1 sensory technician Manages testing budget and prioritization of spend against the Meals & Beverage programs with collaboration/guidance from the VP R&D; continually looks to minimize testing costs and improve cycle time, while balanced with high quality standards Establishes testing methodologies - portfolio of methods and external providers to best serve the R&D technical community; continually look to expand capabilities and speed to market options. Improve quality of early insight & guidance to reduce rework and dependence on and gain improved predictability for validation at back end Advances the strategic direction of Sensory & Consumer Science discipline including: Internal vs. external testing ; Scope and assess emerging testing methods and partners, opportunities for consumer knowledge advancement, along with assessing the longer term organizational needs. Network effectively with peer companies and influence the thinking of the internal strategy for e.g. leveraging the partnerships with peer companies. Accountable to measure and improve the "hit rate" of our innovation - both new products and Design to Value improvement of current products. Better sensory insights should result in better quality PD work. Training within R&D on Sensory & consumer understanding; advance Qualitative research skills for gaining design insights; Ensure disciplined technical approach & rigor within the teams Key Skills: Strong understanding Sensory & Consumer Science as a discipline & varying testing methods both qualitative and quantitative. Demonstrates the ability to effectively utilize sensory science to understanding product features and consumer value. Ability to analyze /interprets statistical data. Applies design of experiments to sensory evaluation testing. Ability to collaborate, communicate and partner with Business & technical teams; bring strong POV recommends for testing options/ design for answering the key project questions; provide direction and strategy; operate with a customer service/ supplier mindset Knowledge of external network of providers & supplier; Ability to build and partner /affiliate with external testing providers on design, delivery and results; stays ahead of /scouts new and emerging testing methods; connection with academia and sensory associations. Strong sensory technical knowledge across emerging methodologies; Ability to bring creative thinking, demonstrate strong problem solving abilities and provide leadership and technical direction to the cross functional teams to challenge & bring the best thinking in the sensory & consumer testing Minimum Qualifications: Technical Qualification/Experiences: MSc or PhD preferred. BSc will need 10+ working experience in field. MSc will need 4-7 working experience in field PhD will need 3 years work experience in field. Worked in CPG with big brands. Experience in data collection systems. Advanced course work in statistics, design of experiments, Basic Market Research – experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Demonstrated track record providing sensory guidance for large brands. CSC1 The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law. In that regard, U.S. applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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