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Opportunity Details

Global Food & Consumer Science Data Analytics Manager

Posted: 2019-02-28
Belgium, Leuven - GITEC
About the role:

AB InBev seeks a Global Food & Consumer Science Data Analytics Manager to join their Global Innovation & Technology Center.

GITEC is AB InBev’s Global Research & Development Center, located in its own secure facility at AB InBev’s Global Headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. Within, a diverse team of more than 120 scientists and specialists, pulling from more than 20 nationalities, work diligently to achieve GITEC’s Dream: bringing people together to create and deliver winning innovation and technologies. Of course, the intense R&D work in Belgium is only part of the story.  GITEC’s employees collaborate with multiple partners across the globe to tap relevant expertise and help AB InBev deliver and develop new raw and packaging materials, brew new and innovative products, and deliver them to the consumer in sharply-designed packaging. 

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Global Food & Consumer Science Data Analytics Manager
Global Headquarters – GITEC – Leuven Belgium
Reporting to Global Director Sensory & Consumer Science
Purpose of the Job 

As part of the Global Sensory and Consumer science group, you lead the Food & Consumer Data science and Statistic agenda for R&D, managing the team of data scientists. Your role is to shape proposal leveraging statistical tools and Machine learning algorithm to answer business questions related to competitiveness and innovation platforms. You have a passion for Consumer Insights & FMCG Consumers. You have a passion for predicting & analysing the future behavior of our consumers and trends. You will be working functionally with 6 geographical zones (North America, Middle America, South America, Europe, Africa, APAC).


  • Define Food & Sensory & Packaging consumer data requirements and collect data to support business needs
  • Supervise and challenge methods used to transform results into insights and simple recommendations for stakeholders.
  • Consolidate insight and patterns leveraging advanced data analysis including driver analysis, modelling, trending & regressions, machine learning algorithms to guide innovation
  • Automate standard analysis and reporting
  • Share knowledge consolidated to maximize synergies and speed of R&D projects.
  • Promote capabilities internally with potential stakeholders
  • Build and Develop Big data and advanced analytics capabilities (tools, methodologies, data pipeline) to support needs of the R&D community and generate insights for commercial teams to guide innovation projects.
  • Plan and adjust resources to support analytics requests from internal customers by briefing, coaching, and challenging the data analyst team.
  • Sustain and develop external network related to data science, statistics, modelling, design of experiment.
  • Guide and train Zones sensory and consumer science managers and teams on related statistics and data analysis fields, including visualization, insight extraction and reporting

About the candidate:


  • The job requires a disciplined and pragmatic individual with analytical but strategic and synthetic mind set and good team spirit 
  • PhD or Master degree in Consumer science, Food science with in dept knowledge in Statistics or Data science
  • Food science, Consumer science or Consumer insight experience is a must
  • Knowledge in Sensory and Consumer science area
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Food & Consumer Data analytics
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills are expected
  • Advanced technical skills in data mining, multivariate analysis, clustering, analysis of variance, design of experiment, modelling and network, macros and programming.
  • Specific stats software skills both in using and programming (R, VBA, Python, …)
  • Good management and coaching skills
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Fluency in English (written/spoken), other language skills constitute an additional asset
  • Can work in an efficient manner and react positively to stress situations, in an environment in which priorities, project scope and time schedules will be set and adjusted often
  • Agile and communicative profile able to work within cross-functional and international project teams.
  • Act as on owner with a “hands-on” orientation
  • Travels required (short and long distances).