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Sr Sensory Scientist I - Tyson Foods

Contract type:
Full Time
Springdale, Arkansas, USA


The Sr. Sensory Scientist I will lead the sensory learning agenda for specific initiatives within brand(s) or categories. As the key sensory contact, they will lead guidance and validation studies for key innovation priorities; drive consumer product quality on existing products, and validate cost savings initiatives to fuel growth.  As the product attribute expert, they will work collaboratively with R&D, Marketing and Consumer Insights to translate sensory insights to influence important decisions within specific initiatives.   


  • Provides sensory support for one or more brands/categories.  Focused 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
  • As product attribute expert for given categories, has a deep understanding of key sensory attributes and drivers of liking.  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.  Can independently prioritize research dollars with limited help from manager.
  • Communicates complex sensory insights in a clear and concise manner, both through written and verbal communication  
  • Ability to ask 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



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.  


1-3 Direct Reports


Up to 25%.  6+ domestic trips per year for innovation, cost savings, and quality research initiatives.

Education Requirements

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

Experience Requirements

  • B.S. in sensory or related field and 6+ years experience or,
  • M.S. in sensory or related field; or Sensory Certification (e.g. UC Davis Applied Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate Program) and 4+ years experience or,
  • Ph.D. in sensory or related field and 2+ years experience