Scientist- Sensory & Consumer Insights-Dannon (White Plains, NY, US)

White Plains
Oct 06, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Dannon within R & D is looking for a Scientist- Sensory & Consumer Insights-Dannon in the United States (US) for our White Plains, NY location

With our global presence, brands and business within our mission "bringing health through food to as many people as possible" we believe that people growth is a key asset to reach a sustainable business performance.

Take this opportunity to GROW together!

The Scientist-Sensory and Consumer Insights role is based in the Dannon North America R&D team in White Plains, New York, supporting the Dairy business globally. With 11.8BEuros sales, Dairy is biggest Danone Category (56%) and an undisputed leader worldwide with 26% of the Fresh Dairy Products market.

This position is a great opportunity for someone wishing to join a dynamic scientific community of more than 70 collaborators across the world, in the Sensory & Behavior Sciences (SBS).

The main mission is to incorporate sensory and consumer research throughout the project life-cycle in support of Danone North America Dairy businesses.

Working in a multi-disciplinary business environment, you understand consumer's behaviors and expectations to design Products and Packaging in order to deliver outstanding consumer experience for our U.S. and Canada Consumers.

You also work in collaboration with the global Sensory & Behavior Science team in Palaiseau (France), to explore and implement new research methods to help generate product and consumer insights.


Manage Sensory and Consumer studies for our North America Dairy Business: Generate product knowledge & consumer insights - product variability, shelf life, and competitive knowledge

* Ensure efficient studies management and delivery on time in full: select external agencies, brief for data collection & statistical analysis, report, action plan follow up.

* Lead the descriptive sensory analysis program & database by working closely with external agency.

* Integrate sensory data with consumer data as needed and make sounding recommendations.

* Diligently tracking sensory & consumer spending to ensure that research are done within budget

Responsible for interface with Business partners: R&D, Plant & Marketing teams

* Serve as the sensory liaison in business teams and recommend appropriate research methodologies

* Play an active role within the global SBS (Sensory & Behavior Science) community and share best practices

Convey credibility of Sensory & Consumer Sciences inside and outside Danone

* Leverage science within Danone, train and educate project teams, plant teams, and non technical colleagues on basic sensory knowledge and promote a tasting culture within the company

* Explore and implement new sensory and consumer research methods as appropriate

* Participate actively to scientific communication (paper, congress).


* In-depth experience and knowledge sensory sciences (descriptive & discriminative)

* Experience in both qualitative (Focus Groups) and quantitative (CLT, HUT) consumer research methodologies, as well as integration of descriptive panel data and consumer data

* Fundamental understanding of applied statistical analysis & related tools

* Passion for bringing consumers into the business

* Ability to taste various dairy/food products

* Self starter, ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision

* International travel required.


* Minimum of B.S. degree in Sensory, Consumer Science, Food Science or related field; Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) is desired

* B.S. with 5 years work experience in the sensory/consumer field.

* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

* Strong team player with influencing skills

* Flexibility in a fast-paced environment

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The Dannon Company is a US-subsidiary of Danone, a Fortune 500 company and one of the most successful health-focused food companies in the world with leading positions in fresh dairy products, water, baby nutrition and medical nutrition. Danone's mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Our core values foster individual professional growth. We reward entrepreneurialism and innovation. There truly is something very special inside our company. You can see it reflected in our people, our products and our culture. If you like what you have learned, we encourage you to apply and learn more.

Dannon is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.