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Mars UK • Waltham, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Mars Food Sensory & Consumer Senior Scientist

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

This job plays a crucial role in developing and driving the sensory science agenda in Mars Food and providing consumer and sensory leadership to the R&D project portfolio.

As a core member of the R&D Team and reporting to the Global CMI (Consumer & Market Insight) Innovation & CTI (Consumer &Technical Insight) Senior Manager, this position operates in the following context:

  • Close collaboration with the R&D community (Renovation, Innovation, Science & Technology, Quality & Food Safety, Science & Regulatory Affairs), Consumer & Market Insights (Global & Regional), Commercial and Marketing teams where relevant.

  • Partnering both internally and externally (with sensory and consumer research agencies) to deliver key product insights through sensory evaluations.

  • Individual contributor with the need to be able to influence without positional authority.

What are we looking for?

  • Proficiency in sensory and consumer science – proven expertise in managing sensory panel and sensory research, designing and executing consumer research with different levels of complexity

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex data sets and translate them into practical business insights.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to convey scientific concepts to non-technical stakeholders.

  • Proven track record of building collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders and external agencies.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively, set Priorities when relevant, Drive for results, Decision quality, Problem Solving

  • Fluent in written and spoken English

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Responsible for projects spanning across value leadership activities, recipe improvement, product benchmarking and innovation.

  • Design, conduct and analyse sensory and consumer research on the consumer-product interface to evaluate product attributes and consumer preferences.

  • Develop and implement sensory and consumer methodologies and protocols to ensure reliable and reproducible results.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including R&D, marketing, commercial to translate sensory/consumer findings into product improvements.

  • Lead the interpretation of sensory and consumer data, providing clear and actionable recommendations.

  • Provide consumer research methodology leadership to Product Design and Development teams, in terms of experimental design, statistical modeling/tools and data analysis.

  • Exploit existing sensory & consumer-related product knowledge, identifying appropriate external partners and existing or new tools to address knowledge gaps and develop critical product insights on behalf of R&D associates. Use the data and knowledge gained to provide creative technical guidance and performance feedback based on proven consumer protocols.

  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends, new methodologies, and advancements in sensory and consumer science.

  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring timely and accurate delivery of results.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by the Five Principles.

  • Join a purpose-driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.

  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.

  • An industry-competitive salary and benefits package, including a company bonus.




Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Bank holiday swaps
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries




United Kingdom

United States

Awards & Achievements

1st – Large companies

1st – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023
3rd – Large companies

3rd – Large companies

Flexa100 2023
Retail & Ecommerce

Retail & Ecommerce

Industry awards 2022

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