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R&D Senior Technologist, Products Research-Pet

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Website The J. M. Smucker Company

The J. M. Smucker Company

Company : The J. M. Smucker Company

Country: United States

Location : Orrville, Ohio

Post: Mon, 06 Feb 2023 20:57:25 GMT

Expires: Mon, 06 Mar 2023 23:59:59 GMT

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R&D Senior Technologist, Products Research-Pet

ORRVILLE, OH

Your Opportunity

In this role you will be responsible for leading projects and product testing to understand consumers’ needs and translate them into technical requirements to drive business impact. They will leverage critical thinking skills to bring together consumer needs and product possibilities into winning innovation.

You will have Products Research responsibility for projects or related innovation programs within the Base Business, including designing and executing the consumer studies used for insight understanding, product development, and qualification of projects. The types of product-focused consumer studies you will lead include online surveys, product show tests, quali-quant product clinics, and more targeted qualitative interviews. You will share out your study results with cross-functional teams to help influence key stakeholders and drive consumer-centric product development. You will lead cross-functional teams, train/coach others in their area of expertise and may be called upon to direct the technical work of others. You will also be responsible for initiating and leading Product Research or other work process capability advances.

The scope of this role covers Pet food, snacks, and other adjacencies and includes multiple brands within the JM Smucker Pet portfolio.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

Lead both qualitative and quantitative consumer research to understand consumers’ needs and inform product development. This involves study design, fielding, data analysis, translation into technical requirements (design criteria, specifications, consumer models, etc.), and internal sharing of results
Define and influence the Products Research methods and activities used for consumer understanding, product development, and qualification of projects
Initiate and lead Products Research methods and activities that guide current and future product innovation and technology platforms
Accountable for all Products Research deliverables in Technical Readiness reviews for projects that they are involved
Integrate internal and external innovation capabilities to deliver key initiatives and drive Products Research capability
Leverage Products Research understanding and knowledge to train peers within the R&D organization
Actively collaborate and leverage relationships across functional teams to achieve established shared goals or objectives
Works independently, guided by functional processes and seeks input or guidance on complex matters
Identify and implement Pet R&D work process improvements
As appropriate, lead cross-discipline project teams

Is this the Role for You?

Are you a driven professional with a passion for delivering results while expanding your skillset and enhancing your expertise? Are you eager to share your opinions (and have them heard) and make a positive impact through your work? Do you share in our dedication to continuous improvement and growth? If so, you are the type of professional we want to add to our Company!

What we are looking for:

A Bachelor’s Degree is required, preferably in Science or Engineering
3 years of experience in the Consumer Products Industry is required
Experience in Products Research and a track record of leveraging this experience to develop, qualify, and launch innovation
Passion and curiosity that embodies itself in a hands-on, scientific approach to learning. This includes experiential opening/testing/investigating of our products and pursuing a strong understanding of them, as well as our competition’s.
Strong collaboration skills and experience partnering with other functions to deliver results
Ability to effectively communicate complex ideas to a variety of stakeholders across functions through strong, data-founded storytelling
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple projects simultaneously
Must be passionate and driven, yet flexible and willing to embrace changing business priorities and ambiguity
Able to perform statistical analysis of large data sets utilizing software such as JMP or SPSS

Why Smucker is the Place for You

You deserve a positive and encouraging work environment. One that allows you to deliver your best work and become your best professional self. That is exactly what you will find at Smucker.

Inspired by our unique culture, we are determined to support every employee holistically by meeting their physical, emotional, and financial needs through:

Our Total Reward benefits program – includes competitive health and financial benefits that reflect your needs at different life stages, and a continued commitment to empower flexible work schedules and remote work opportunities to help you thrive.
Continuous opportunities to learn, grow and develop – beyond functional job-based education, we promote well-rounded development and encourage a spirit of continuous learning as part of our commitment to help you realize your professional goals.
Our continued progress on the journey to become the inclusive and diverse organization we expect to be supporting equity across our communities. We firmly believe that an inclusive environment and diverse organization strengthens our Company and enables every employee to reach their full potential.

Learn More About Working at Smucker

Our Total Rewards Benefits Program
Our Thriving Together Philosophy Supporting All Impacted by Our Business
Our Continued Progress on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

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