AB Inbev is seeking for a Global Sensory and Consumer Science Manager for the Global
Innovation & Technology Center (=GITEC), in Leuven, Belgium.
GITEC is the
Global R&D Center of AB InBev.
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Global Sensory & Consumer Science Manager
Purpose of the Job:Accountability:
- Scope and lead Competitive
intelligence programs, Category expansion liquid learning plans and associated
research with top 20 markets. Track competitiveness performance of our products
and portfolio vs. competition. Validate category expansion strategy and taste
segment in each market, identify new opportunities. Partner with Zone R&Ds,
Global & Zone insights to align those plans and portfolio decisions with
zone VP Supply and Marketing.
- Lead execution of project
plan including briefing and supervision of external research agencies
fieldworks & sensory panels across zones, brief and coordination of
internal teams, data analysis & reporting, debrief. Transform results into
insights and simple recommendation and plan to allow key stakeholders to make
portfolio strategic decisions.
- Lead Sensory & Consumer
science capabilities development as well as related best practices task forces
across functions and zones.
- Guide innovation platform
and build toolkit, consolidating insight and patterns, sharing knowledge to
maximize synergies and speed when replicating Innovation and strategic
- Guide and train Zones
S&CS mangers and teams: induction and advanced training on S&CS
toolkits and programs, monthly coaching
and influence external PhD and Post docs related to Sensory & Consumer
- Sustain and develop external
network related to Sensory, Physiology, Nutrition, Psychology, Behavior,
Semiotic, Applied Data science, Design of Experiments and Consumer science.
Ensure access to best in class external expertise where not available in house and
leverage for long term Technical and Commercial pipelines.
- S&CS is a
multi-disciplinary function requiring expertise or access to expertise in multi-functional
fields: sensory science, beer tasting, brewing, consumer behavior, statistics
and analytics, psychology and physiology…
- Agile & collaborative
way of working
- Management of trainees,
junior specialists and consultants, Coaching of zones S&CS teams as well as
Leading external agencies and internal labs require people management skills.
- The job requires a
disciplined and pragmatic individual with analytical but strategic and
synthetic mind set with developed and proven negotiations skills. The global
S&CS is at ease with working in cross-functional and international project teams
leveraging internal and external networks.
- It requires building and
maintaining strong corporate partnerships with other Global and Zones R&D
functions Insight and Innovation teams.
- Ability to succeed in a
target-oriented environment in which priorities, project scope and time
schedules will be set and adjusted in order to meet often challenging business
- Travel is required