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Sr. Sensory Scientist - Decatur, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024

Sr. Sensory Scientist - Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois

Research & Development

Job Description

Sr. Sensory Scientist - Decatur, IL
This is a full time, exempt position.

Position Summary:
We are looking for a sensory professional with strong interpersonal and technical skills to join our sensory team. Primary responsibilities include building and refining the sensory insight capability, which supports all ADM divisions, by providing flawless sensory project design and execution, developing sensory insights that influence decision-making, and distributing findings through clear written and verbal communications. The ability to lead, design, and deliver sensory projects independently while working collaboratively with other sensory science team members, internal technical groups, and customers is critical for success.

Essential Functions:

  • Consult with ADM scientists and business teams to determine appropriate sensory methods and execution for research questions.
  • Create or modify sensory protocols according to experimental specifications.
  • Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific/statistical techniques.
  • Consolidate, interpret, and present data/conclusions/recommendations in both written and oral formats to ADM colleagues and ADM suppliers/customers.
  • Maintain the Descriptive Analysis Panel including the selection, training, and calibration.
  • Responsible for Consult with ADM sensory managers and technicians to understand project requirements and ensure accurate data collection.
  • Develop and standardize lexicons and techniques used to describe ingredients and various food and beverage applications.
  • Collaborate where appropriate and mentor other sensory scientists and technicians within ADM to standardize and deepen the sensory skillset.
  • Provide Sensory training to ADM colleagues and ADM suppliers/customers.
  • Maintain housekeeping and observe safety standards in the lab.
  • M.S. degree and 5+ years’ experience in sensory or food science with related experience in sensory or consumer research working with project and/or business teams.
  • Ability to design and run experiments including the selection of samples, testing procedures, and statistical methods.
  • Experience in managing descriptive analysis panelists including the selection, training, and calibration.
  • Understanding of Compusense, XLSTAT and R software for statistical analysis and data collection.
  • Experience with advanced stats and artificial intelligence is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Ability and willingness to evaluate food and beverage products daily.
  • Ability to travel 25%.
Interpersonal Skills:
  • Ability to function independently while interacting with ADM management, facility management, and ADM contract employees.
  • Prioritization of projects against available resources.
  • Demonstrates a high level of accountability and self-direction.
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving in team environments.
  • Effective writing and oral communication skills.
  • Resolves conflicts effectively to encourage teamwork, without breaking cohesion and trust.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Maintain confidential and highly sensitive information.
Physical Factors:
  • Ability to sit in meetings, at desk or stand in lab for long periods.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment.

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.

Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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