Product Guidance Insight Manager
“I want to develop products that delight consumers”
CPW R&D, Orbe, Switzerland Undefined period of time contract act. rate 100%
CPW S.A is a highly successful dynamic joint venture between Nestlé & General Mills, producing & distributing Nestlé breakfast cereals and cereal bars worldwide since 1990. CPW’s main innovation Centre is located in Orbe, Switzerland with around 90 people of various nationalities. Across the world CPW directly employs 4500 staff. “The Power of the Big and Spirit of the Small” is the operating principle of Cereal Partners Worldwide.
To lead our Product Guidance Insight team (PGI) in R&D, we are actively looking for an experienced PGI Manager that in conjunction with Consumer Insights (CI) will work closely with R&D and Marketing teams to deliver remarkable products that will drive growth.
We are looking for an inspirational and “hands-on” PGI team leader that will grow PGI capabilities and talent and build strong strategic partnership with CI and business teams. The person will help ensure product superiority for new and existing products by delivering meaningful and actionable Product Consumer Insights, championing the consumer first design approach and continuing to build and evolve PGI tools and capabilities. In addition, the PGI leader will work closely with Operations to drive improvements in everyday product quality.
Strategically partner with CI Director and R&D Regional business leaders to align project priorities, business needs and approach.
Manage PGI testing budget in order to actively partner with Global & Regional team in R&D, CI, Marketing and Operations to develop new products and improve existing ones whilst directly leading some key NPD & Renovation projects
Lead sensory and shelf life capabilities to design and define what matters to consumers and can be consistently measured and manufactured on factory floor
Lead PGI team to independently consult, design and manage the appropriate descriptive, discrimination, shelf-life and consumer guidance testing to meet business needs and enhance product knowledge.
Ensure that team interpret test results with a view on project objectives and consumer expectations, providing insights and development recommendations aiming to promote Consumer First Design
Show strong leadership and coaching capabilities to build high performing talent with focus on strong Sensory, Quality Sensory, Product Guidance and Product Stability expertise
Education and experience
Minimum of M.S. degree in Sensory, Food Science or related field. Business qualifications are an advantage
5-10 years sensory & Consumer testing experience in a FMCG or fast-paced environment with R&D environment exposure
5-10 years project management experience in an international, competitive and complex environment with a strong product-facing orientation
Proven track record in people leadership and management (building & leading effective teams), with a minimum of 2-3 direct reports
Background in Flavor Chemistry, Psychophysics, Marketing Research, Product Development, Stability Science or Statistics is beneficial
Ability to manage resources and leverage existing data to effectively lead multiple projects with a product-facing approach and capability to translate R&D projects into Business concepts.
Proven ability to apply sensory evaluation methods and interpret statistical analysis results of sensory evaluation data with a business-minded vision
Proven communication and strong coordination skills, dynamic and proactive mindset with an innovative spirit (team management included)
Fluent in English, other languages are a plus
Show us your strategic thinking and business mindset. Your entrepreneurship, ability to help the organization and hands-on approach will greatly contribute and strengthen our team. Your ability to manage risk and work under stress staying will set you apart from other candidates. If you are motivated to advance consumer insights, we look forward to hearing from you. Please apply in Englishatwww.nestle.com/jobs.
The Nestlé Group is the World’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company with 88,8 billion Swiss Francs in sales in 2015, more than 335,000 employees worldwide and 436 factories in more than 85 countries. We offer an attractive and dynamic international working environment with constant opportunities for development, reflecting our conviction that people are our most important asset. Learn more about our Group and reasons to join us onwww.nestle.com.