Senior Scientist Il – Consumer Science Chocolate

Req #: 1710155
Location: Birmingham, England UK
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Job Category: Research Development Quality
Job Description
What makes working at Mondelēz International so special? Many things. The iconic brands and global nature of our business. The continuous innovation and endless opportunities to grow. The chance, each and every day, to put a smile on people’s faces. We’re the world’s leading maker of Chocolate, Biscuits, Candy and Gum with billion-dollar brands like Cadbury, Milka, Prince and Oreo and we now have an exciting opportunity to join our team.
The role works within our innovative Consumer Science function and is responsible for leading and conducting key consumer science projects within our exciting chocolate category.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join our strategic R&D function based at Bournville, the home of Cadbury chocolate and to be a vital part of the decision making process behind our chocolate products that provide joy to our customers. 
Purpose of the role 
Provide Consumer Science related support to Mondelēz global legal entities, per service agreements. This includes the global chocolate category as well as the categories within the European Business Unit but may also include support to other regions as organization priorities dictate.
The role contributes to the planning and implementation of assigned research programs/projects that lead to actionable business results.
The role requires the jobholder to work under a moderate degree of autonomy to plan and conduct independent projects as a fully engaged cross-functional partner interacting with senior leaders as required to align on research deliverables. The jobholder develops project objectives and strategies independently in response to business needs, executing against same and recommending action plans to implement key findings. The jobholder is able to solve complex problems and get things done through both formal and informal channels. The jobholder significantly impacts the directions/quality of work done by other technical people and delivers expert technical knowledge representing the function. The jobholder interacts regularly with key stakeholders and may direct activities of junior professionals and/or temporary staff while completing assignments. The jobholder interacts with CS/MDLZ senior leaders and professionals outside the company at professional meetings.
  • Lead and conduct single or multi stage large projects, delivering to the required standards and agreed timescales, including designing research to meet objectives, to produce good quality, actionable data, interpreting results, reporting/presenting findings, making recommendations and contributing to decision making.
  • Lead category appraisal and DOE studies including the statistical principles applied as part of the overall research plan.
  • Understands and applies multivariate statistical methods to gain deeper understanding and insights from research conducted when appropriate.
  • Lead all aspects of consumer research both qualitative and quantitative including the integration/linking of descriptive and consumer data into a cohesive story.
  • Lead the execution of CAD (Consumer Aided Design) work including leading the design of the research program and all executional elements including Knowledge Mapping, Value Diagramming, Product Labs and subsequent analysis and reporting of results.
  • Effectively partner with stakeholders (R&D and Commercial / Insights) ensuring that the work is in line with the strategic priorities of the business.
  • Gather relevant information from different sources to enrich understanding of the context of each project.
  • Work with the Consumer Science management team to prioritise workload.
  • To provide support to the Consumer Science management team by role modelling leadership behaviours and deputising for line manager as required.
  • Look for opportunities to provide informal coaching and to share experience with more junior colleagues.
  • Proactively seeking ways to improve all aspects of the department, including functional methodologies, practical solutions and facilities and presenting these ideas in an appropriate way to the Consumer Science management team.
  • Contribute to CS Team goals by participating on teams where new methodologies and capability are evaluated, proposed and implemented.
  • Contribute to efficient and safe running of the sensory laboratory, including maintenance of the quality system, ensuring that procedures are followed properly and highest standards of work and environment, health and safety are maintained.
  • Ensure two-way communication between yourself and other team members.
  • Develop knowledge and expertise in relevant category areas.




  • Educated to at least degree level in a scientific subject and/or appropriate post graduate qualifications.
  • Strong knowledge of statistical theory and its application to sensory/consumer research
  • Personal leadership qualities
  • Adherence to time scales
  • Ability to learn on the job
  • Organising and prioritising duties
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Demonstration of proactivity
  • Problem Solving
  • Business Acumen
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Ability to extract strategic impact from tactical activities and vice versa and redirect activities based on evolving strategic goals
  • Develops and adapts action plans as needed to deliver the bottom line and long term strategic goals
  • Communications are tailored to audience and recommendations and are recognized as delivering against business goals
  • Ability to get things done through formal and informal channels
  • Relevant training / work experience
  • Demonstrable competence in primary software applications (Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations etc.)
  • Demonstrable competence in the use of the internet /intranet sites
  • Mastery in Discrimination, Descriptive Analysis and Consumer tools and techniques
  • Experience with Consumer Aided Design Techniques
  • Practical experience of application of statistical analysis
  • Linking consumer and sensory data into a compelling story
  • Proven track record in effective partnering with clients and/or stakeholders
  • Interest in food
  • Experience with a category appraisal studies
  • English language required


Location: United Kingdom, Birmingham
Salary and Benefits: Competitive
Closing date: 26/April/2018
We pride ourselves on having a high performing and collaborative culture where we offer support and development to enhance your career and develop your knowledge and skills.

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful International business that offers financial rewards and resources, including bonus scheme, contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme.
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