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Senior Sensory Scientist

Date: May 14, 2022

Location: Clermont, KY, US

Company: Beam Suntory

Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Rooted in two centuries of family heritage, Beam Suntory has evolved into the world's third largest leading premium spirits company ... where each employee is treated like family and trusted with legacy. With our greatest assets - our premium spirits and our people - we're driving growth through impactful marketing, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. Beam Suntory is a place where you can come Unleash your Spirit by making an impact each and every day.



Senior Sensory Scientist  


The following position is open in Clermont KentuckyUnited States.


What makes this a great opportunity?

This role is responsible for using and creating sensory consumer and analytical methods to guide innovation product development and maintaining high quality of our liquids. The Senior Sensory Scientist will be a key partner using experience to identify trends, drive creative solutions to business challenges, design and lead testing plans with scientific rigor, create actionable recommendations and next steps, and report those results. They will collaboration with R&D, Marketing, Consumer Insights, Operations, [TA1] and other internal and external partners on new products, processes, quality improvements and cost savings to drive Beam Suntory profitable growth and business success. 


What Makes this a Great Opportunity:

  • The spirits industry is an exciting, dynamic, and fast-paced business.  Beam Suntory is a top player in the spirits business and focused on driving both category and brand growth. 
  • The Senior Sensory Scientist role is a key influencer in liquid innovation, optimization, quality, and production of Beam Suntory’s Global spirits portfolio.
  • They will build network across the global organization.
  • This role will make a big impact within a short period of time as well as set partner on  long term research objectives.



Role Responsibilities

  • Exhibits intellectual curiosity and develops creative solutions to solve for business and research objectives.
  • Works effectively in cross functional relationships and with external research suppliers.
  • Demonstrates high level of accountability and self-direction.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Team Player with ability to work in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment.
  • Leads custom sensory and consumer product research across a wide range of techniques, including descriptive analysis, consumer quantitative and qualitative through all stages: design, execution, analysis and recommendation.
  • Excellent analysis of data and translation to findings for broad audiences.
  • Creates actionable recommendations for innovation product development and quality.
  • Experience creating or using designs of experiments and drivers of liking research.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including timely follow-up and commitment to deliverables, and openness to give and receive feedback.
  • Stays up to date on new approaches and best practices within sensory and consumer research.




Qualifications & Experience

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree Food Science, Statistics, Psychology, or related field, Master’s degree with emphasis in Sensory Science preferred
  • Minimum 6 years (4 years with Master’s degree) in Sensory and consumer research experience across a wide range of research techniques. 
  • Experience in alcoholic beverages, distilled spirits, ready to drink alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages a plus.
  • Ability to travel globally for research and project work – travel approx. 10-30%, with half to local Kentucky operations and Chicago/NYC corporate offices. *When COVID restrictions allow.
  • Physically fit for work primarily in a lab, pilot plant and manufacturing environments, which could include long periods of standing, moving, and carrying or lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to taste limited quantities of alcoholic beverage samples in accordance with research needs.




At Beam Suntory, people are our number one priority, and we believe our people grow together in diverse and inclusive environments where their unique insights, experiences and backgrounds are valued and respected. Beam Suntory is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, military veteran status and all other characteristics, attributes or choices protected by law. All recruitment and hiring decisions are based on an applicant’s skills and experience.

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