At Curion, we are embarking on a period of great transition and growth driven by increased efficiency and productivity. To establish ourselves as the provider of choice for sensory and consumer product testing, we need a professional who knows the industry and can connect with clients—from sensory scientists to consumer insight professionals in large CPG companies.
We are currently looking for a VP/Director, Partnership Solutions. This position is responsible for maintaining, managing and growing the Sensory and Consumer Insights Program executed at the client’s onsite research center. The role of the VP/Director is to guide sensory and consumer research, to maintain the lasting, trust-based relationships with clients and to ensure client satisfaction through meeting their research objectives and needs. They will be proactive, consultative and be responsible for revenue and growth targets, working with the dedicated team to achieve them.
The VP/Director will guide development of the PS program to: improve efficiency, effectiveness and client satisfaction; provide the highest quality of research, and; ensure innovative and effective methods are used to design, execute, analyze and interpret research. They will also be a subject matter expert for the Curion organization collaborating with the Client Services and other teams in the development of new methodologies and best practices.
Role Objectives • Ability to manage a dedicated team of researchers such as, sensory technicians, food scientists, project managers, etc. • Coordinate internal and external resources to ensure quality and timely delivery of results • Stay current with company offerings and industry trends • Maintain a leading profile in the sensory field • Act as a subject matter expert, consultant and advisor on research methodologies • Develop learning and research plans for clients • Be a mentor to developing team members by encouraging curiosity and growth
Responsibilities • Attend all meetings that pertain to major decision making for all projects. • Act as the project lead for advanced projects • Recommend proper methodology and research paths • Set in place testing protocols according to best practices • Set pricing for studies • Explore and implement new and innovative methodologies to address unmet business needs • Present findings to client • Provide technical direction and mentoring to other professionals on staff • Able and willing to work flexible hours to accommodate research execution needs.
• Minimum 7 years of Consumer Research and Sensory Science project experience • Bachelor and MS/PhD in Sensory Science, Food Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, or related field. • 5+ years in project team leadership function/role or management • Strong experience in Sensory and Consumer Research for Productivity and Innovation • Experience in a managing sensory programs across food and beverage categories • Expertise in sensory evaluation methodology • In-depth knowledge of technical tools and resources to support, enhance sensory testing (DDE software, analysis packages, etc.) • Proficiency in statistical analysis for sensory science • Strong coach and mentor • Experience overseeing budgets and expenses • Experience developing internal processes and filing systems • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Ability to understand client needs, and negotiate costs and services • Strong experience effectively collaborating across levels and functions • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment • High degree of ownership, accountability, and professional commitment
Curion is a leader in sensory and consumer product research and serves Fortune 500 and other blue-chip customers in the food & beverage, personal care, fine fragrance, and home & fabric care industries. In 2019 alone, the company tested 127,000 consumers in its facilities in San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, and New York metropolitan areas. Curion's insights provide data such as: product readiness for launch, consumer purchase decision process, competitive landscape and more to its clients. The result of a merger between Q Research Solutions and Tragon Corp., Curion brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the consumer and sensory science industry. The company pioneered many of the sensory methodologies considered industry standards today, including Quantitative Descriptive Analysis (QDA)® and Partnership Solutions (PS).