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Flavour & Sensory Senior Scientist


Oud-Beijerland, ZH, NL


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Job Purpose/Overview

Develop and drive the sensory and consumer science agenda in Food and provide consumer and sensory leadership to the R&D project portfolio.


Key Responsibilities 

•    Set up, conduct and analyze sensory and flavour related researches on the consumer-product interface.
•    Provide consumer research methodology leadership to Product Design and Development teams, in terms of experimental design, statistical modeling/tools and data

•    Building and guiding of sensory panels to provide sensory leadership to R&D projects and enable tailored product design
•    Exploit existing sensory & consumer related product knowledge, identifying appropriate external partners and existing or new tools to address knowledge gaps and develop

     critical product insights on behalf of R&D associates. Use the data and knowledge gained to provide creative technical guidance and performance feedback based on proven

     consumer protocols
•    Any other activities that are beneficial to the role and business (might vary over time)

Context and Scope
Subject to any legally required processes:
•    Core member of the Innovation Team.
•    Close collaboration with Consumer Insights, Regional Innovation leads, Commercial and R&D community.
•    Partnering both internally and externally to deliver key product insights through sensory evaluations 
•    Individual contributor with the need to be able to influence without positional authority

Job Specifications/Qualifications
Note: May differ from the current job holder’s own skills and experience.

Education & Professional Qualification

Degree in Sensory Science, Consumer Science, Consumer Research or equivalent 



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