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The Sensometric Society in collaboration with its member publish the following positions:

Senior Data Scientist/Sensometrician

User eXperience Advandced team (L8)

(Gif-sur-Yvette  – fulltime):  Date of announcement January 15, 2024

About the Job

We are looking for a Data Scientist in the Advanced User Experience team to accelerate the digital development for our sensory & consumer data in UX. This new position is a great opportunity for someone wishing to join a dynamic community, in the User Experience department of Danone Nutricia Research in Gif-sur-Yvette. Our dynamic UX community, with more than 100 collaborators across the world, which has for main mission to embody the user voice to inspire and co-design awesome food experiences that people will adopt. We work in a multi-disciplinary business environment, to understand consumer’s behaviors and expectations and design Products and Packaging. We partner with leading-edge scientists and agencies to build a competitive advantage for Danone.

Your main responsibilities

The UX Data Scientist develops and drives the sensory & consumer digital processes in the UX strategy and priorities in line with business needs – its main mission is to:

  • 1)       Contribute to the definition of the UX roadmap for digitalization, working together with the UX worldwide community and internal teams (R&I, IT…).
  • 2)       Build & updates the UX databases for sensory & consumer data generated by and for UX.
  • 3)       Inspire and fuel innovation projects through big learnings generated from sensory & consumer data and linking it to data sets from different disciplines to drive significant business benefits.
  • 4)       Supports additional analysis of sensory & consumer data to identify insight and develop prediction models.
  • 5)       Helps Danone remain at the forefront of sensory science and grow our business expertise in sensometry.

In this role you will interface with multi-disciplinary teams and key capabilities in R&I.  Given this, you should bring experience in sensory and consumer design research together with a passion for bringing the consumer voice into the business, and the ability to influence and lead the change with key business partners.  An affinity to innovative techniques such as co-design techniques and sensory design is a plus.

About the Job

Main accountabilities & responsibilities:

  • 1.       Manage the UX Data analyses:

o    Support the data analyses (preference mapping, meta-analyses, predictive modelling) to identify insights in collaboration with sensory & consumer design managers.

o    Manage the external network of statisticians e.g. main contact to agencies for additional analysis

o    Coach the UX Teams for studies with complex analyses; for sensory evaluation of descriptive panel & consumer studies

  • 2.       Give direction to the UX data digitalization:

o   Create & implement the UX database (sensory & consumer data), its structure & automatization in partnership with agencies.

o   Work in strong interaction with several departments (R&D, Marketing, Consumer & Market Insights, Quality, Data, IT) to connect UX data with internal systems & databases and ensure consistency of the strategic analysis and of the data management.

o   Coordinate, train & animate the UX team to use associated UX data tools and products.

3.       Implement & animate the digitalization strategy of the UX Team:

o   Contribute to a definition of one UX data roadmap to feed the business needs

o   Capitalize on existing models (PrefMap) and/or implement new predictive models to better leverage our data and link them with other internal or external data

o   Pilot the new UX initiatives exploring new technologies on advanced statistics (AI…)

4.       Develop a data management culture for the UX Team:

o   Contribute to the development plan (training) for the team

o   Support the local UX Teams in their digitalization journey

o   Contribute to the building of the competencies & training plan with HR Teams for the R&D function

About you

  • ·         Master degree in data management or applied statistics in sensory data (sensometrics)
  • ·         Minimum of 5 years of experience in data science of sensory and consumer data management
  • ·         Track record of leading R&D projects utilizing statistics (ideally within the food or FMCG field)
  • ·         Experienced in projects of data structuration, management & analysis
  • ·         Experienced in sensory & consumer quantitative studies and in statistical methods to analyze results (ACP, trade-off, segmentation, drivers of preference)
  • ·         Knowledge and experience in modelling techniques and advanced applied skills (e.g. significance testing, GLM/Regression, text mining, social network analysis etc.) using tools like R, SAS, Bayesia etc.
  • ·         Experienced in visualization tools (PowerBi, Shiny)
  • ·         Good communication skills & interpersonal savvy
  • ·         Fluent in English; and international experience is a bonus
  • ·         Strong analysis & synthesis capacity, high interest in insights management
  • ·         Passionate by food product & innovation
  • ·         Results & business oriented

About Us

Working here you’ll need to enjoy a fast-pace, complexity and it can get a little challenging. But it’s packed with opportunities. You’ll work with some of the best-known brands in the world, such as Evian, Nutricia, Activia and Nutrilon and we absolutely guarantee that you can just be yourself. Be innovative and entrepreneurial and the impact you could make might just amaze you. Join our movement for a healthier world. One Planet One Health BY YOU.

We are proud to be an equal employer. We are convinced our differences to make the difference and that an inclusive working environment will drive our growth as a business, as teams and as individuals. We will therefore consider all applicants for employment* fostering an inclusive working culture that is accessible for all.

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