General Mills Sensory Technologist in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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.
The Sensory Technologist provides day-to-day support to Sensory Scientists and Quality Sensory Scientists. This person will interact with external partners and cross-functional team members on a variety of projects. This role is in support of Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW), a joint venture between General Mills and Nestle.
Design and manage test logistics, which include vendor contacts, product preparation planning, test questionnaire preparation, identification of food safety/allergy issues, and tasting products.
Coordination and reporting of discrimination tests.
Actively participate in team tastings, helping to guide teams in sensory best tasting practices and provide actionable feedback.
Proactively work with teams to ensure compliance to test project deadlines.
Attend consumer test sites, as needed, to ensure compliance with test protocol and flawless test execution.
Facilitate consumer interactions, which could include one-on-one consumer interviews, qualitative peel offs, online discussion groups, etc.
Support quality programs, which could include modifying specifications, creating ballots, preparation methods and sensory attribute spec sections using the sensory attribute template, PLM and document management, creating sensory reports as well as entering sensory data.
Responsibilities may also include preparing training materials for the lab and panels when needed.
Track and report monthly product test budget status; work to ensure and advocate for efficient use of testing dollars and constructively pushback on testing when appropriate
Minimum high school diploma
1-2 years of related work experience.
Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects at a given time.
Ability to apply sensory best practices to test design and encourage team adherence to tasting and test best practices.
Strong organizational and leadership skills, independent decision making, high attention to detail, and service orientation are essential.
Good understanding of Consumer First Design principles and how to apply them
Familiarly with statistical terminology (e.g. standard deviation, mean score, etc.) and willingness to learn application of statistical concepts, design of experiments, and calculations.
Proficient computer skills desirable - Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and willingness to learn PLM and MQIS
Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to work effectively in a global environment
Requisition ID: 2019-10992
External Company Name: General Mills Services, Inc.
External Company URL: www.generalmills.com