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Position Title: Sensory Scientist 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Appleton 

Requisition ID: 18960 



The Scientist, Sensory applies sensory and consumer research best practices and methodologies to provide guidance and insights to McCain’s regional and local Product Development teams throughout the stage gate process.


This position is a key member of a regional sensory team and provides direction and training to various stakeholders on all sensory aspects of McCain’s products. The Scientist, Sensory partners with cross-functional teams to integrate sensory practices and testing, where appropriate, throughout the product development process.


The role is responsible for using and creating sensory consumer and analytical methods to guide product development, enable successful innovation launches and guide renovation efforts. The Scientist, Sensory designs and leads testing plans with scientific rigor, issues reports and creates actionable recommendations to stakeholders.


The Scientist, Sensory collaborates with R&D, Marketing, Consumer Insights, Operations, and other internal and external partners on new products, processes, quality improvements and cost savings to drive McCain’s profitable growth.


As part of the Global Center of Excellence of Sensory and User Experience team, the Scientist, Sensory also works with internal team members to expand McCain’s global sensory capabilities. This includes the optimization and standardization of sensory tools and the development of new or hybrid methods. It also includes developing new training materials, assessing and onboarding new vendors, identifying and closing gaps the company has in regard to its sensory needs, and contributing to investigations regarding the linkage between sensory methods or attribute intensities to instrumental test methods.


The position executes and reports sensory and consumer research studies. As such, the Scientist, Sensory builds and maintains strong relationships with core vendors, supervises the application of best scientific practices by such vendors and manages test costs and timelines.




Required qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Sensory Science, Food Science, Statistics, Psychology, or related field, Master's degree with emphasis in Sensory Science preferred.
  • Minimum 4 years (2 years with Master's degree) in Sensory and consumer research experience across a range of research techniques.
  • Experience planning and executing sensory and/or consumer research in partnership with Research & Development and CI is preferred.
  • Fundamental understanding of applied statistical analysis, including design of experiments and multivariate analysis techniques.

Key Competencies:

  • Exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and influencing skills.
  • Ability to manage resources and leverage existing data to effectively lead multiple projects.
  • Depth of knowledge in sensory science.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences ranging from highly scientific/technical to non-technical personnel and customers.
  • Knowledge of Food Chemistry/Biochemistry/Statistics desired.
  • Demonstrated track record of supporting the delivery of winning product innovations through providing sensory input that addresses customers’ needs.
  • Ability to recognize, disseminate, and reconcile information into insights and trends that advance McCain’s ability to make better business decisions.
  • Self-motivated, adapts easily to change.
  • Experience in managing external relationships with vendors desired.
  • Scientific curiosity.
  • Engaging individual that encourages the team’s experimentation mindset.









McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.


The health and safety of McCain employees and their families has been our number one priority since the start of COVID-19 pandemic. With vaccination restrictions easing across the globe we do not currently require employees to be vaccinated, but we reserve the right to change this mandate in line with health guidance and regulations in each country.
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Job Family: Research & Development      
Division: Global Research and Development 
Department: ​Global Sensory and User Experience ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Appleton 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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