Tyson Foods Senior Sensory Scientist I in Downers Grove, Illinois


Req ID:


Position Number:

11180136 Sr Sensory Scientist I

Job Description:


The Sr. Sensory Scientist I will lead the sensory learning agenda for specific initiatives within brand(s) or categories.


  • Lead guidance and validation studies for key innovation priorities

  • Drive consumer product quality on existing products

  • Validate cost savings initiatives to fuel growth

  • Work collaboratively with R&D, Marketing and Consumer Insights to translate sensory insights to influence important decisions within specific initiatives

  • Provide sensory support for one or more brands/categories

  • Focus on many projects at once and prioritizes with assistance from manager

  • Demonstrates ability to problem solve and develop sensory learning plan

  • Leads sensory learning agenda to address project objectives

  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of key sensory attributes and drivers

  • Translates consumer expectations to aid in functional product development guidance and optimization

  • Partners with R&D to evaluate feasibility and guide development for new technologies

  • Develops strong partnerships with Product Development, Consumer Insights, Marketing and External Research Vendors, as well as Culinary, Packaging, and Quality

  • Manages external suppliers to execute research projects efficiently

  • Effectively manages sensory budget to address needs for the fiscal year

  • Responsible for prioritization of research dollars with little assistance from manager

  • Communicates complex sensory insights in a clear and concise manner, both through written and verbal communication and asks the right questions to guide research plan

  • Drives product quality through product testing guidelines, annual monitoring and in-plant training efforts

  • Provides training, mentoring and development of subordinate sensory staff positions

  • Develops and enhances sensory procedures to be used company-wide

  • Stays up-to-date on new research techniques through conferences, research materials and industry experts


  • Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Sensory, Food Science, Psychology or related field; M.S or Ph.D. is preferred.

  • B.S. in related field and 6+ years experience

  • M.S. in related field, or Sensory Certification (e.g. UC Davis Applied Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate Program) and 4+ years experience

  • Ph.D. in related field and 2+ years experience

  • Extensive experience with Microsoft tools (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; strong presentation skills. Ability to deliver complex research insights to cross-functional teams independently.

  • Up to 25% travel, which equals to around 6+ domestic trips per year for innovation, cost savings, and quality research initiatives

  • Proficiency in food science

  • Experience with food products (experience with frozen, refrigerated and shelf stable meat products a plus)

  • Ability to build comprehensive learning plans while balancing risk and rigor

  • Strong ability to analyze and interpret data, and provide clear recommendations on basic & complex internal and external guidance and validation studies

  • Ability to develop an objective point-of-view, be seen as a go-to sensory scientist, build constructive relationships with internal clients and outside research suppliers

  • Works independently, but knows when to elevate issues and concerns

  • Extensive experience in identification and application of core sensory tools, (Discrimination, Descriptive Analysis, Consumer) to drive product guidance and validation

  • Extensive experience working with external vendors to run quantitative and qualitative consumer testing for guidance and validation

  • Skilled in using tools to assess product and packaging functionality

  • Extensive experience and understanding of design of experiments and category appraisal methodologies

  • Highly motivated, eager to learn, with the ability to deliver clear, succinct insights to inform complex research questions

  • Ability to connect the dots to drive sensory insights, leveraging both existing knowledge and custom research

  • Excellent planning and project management skills

Facility Name (Location):

Downers Grove Office

Pay Type:



Senior Sensory Scientist I


Downers Grove





Job Function:

Insights & Innovation

Full Time / Part Time:

Full Time

Relocation Covered:


Company Culture, Inclusion and Diversity Statement:

Tyson Foods proudly embraces diversity and is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment. Our Culture is rooted in our Core Values and brought to life each day through our 5C Team behaviors (Caring, Candor, Creativity, Collaboration and Commitment). Team Members are the heart of our company and its success and culture is the connecting thread which drives our Talent Strategy to Attract, Grow, Reward and Retain the best talent.

Tyson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, national origin, color, religion, age, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.