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Associate Product Guidance Researcher

Apply Now Job ID: PRO00023U Date posted: 10/30/2018 Location: 0501 - HQ MN Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Other Industry Titles: Associate Sensory Scientist
About us:
Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America’s leading retailers.

At the heart of one of the world’s best loved and most recognizable brands is an impeccable Product Development & Design organization. We thrive on the magic of discovering that just-right thing, and we infuse everything we do with our passion for delighting our guests. We concept, develop, make and deliver the great tasting new favorites that Target guests expect and deserve. We are uber-savvy trend and quality experts who stay ahead of the curve, proactively identifying our market’s needs and exceeding them, every time. Join one of our dynamic and inventive teams to influence the taste, quality and value that decisively position Target above the competition. Your input will have a direct and positive effect, whether on food & beverage, home, hardlines or apparel & accessories categories. Here, you’ll be close to the action of dreaming up and bringing to life the Target-owned brands that surprise and gratify guests, wherever and whenever they love to shop.
The Product Guidance team leads strategic quantitative market & sensory research for Target’s owned brand products in support of key business needs and opportunities. Can you work cross-functionally to develop and implement the right research methodology that supports product requirements? Are you a self-starter who can support all aspects of sensory research including methodology design, execution, analysis, synthesis and deliverables? Then take your place in a role in which your positive influence is felt throughout the entire product life cycle, from new product innovation and white space to ongoing product improvements and maintenance. 
As an Associate Product Guidance Researcher, you’ll conduct product sensory tests under the guidance of Senior Researchers, utilizing a variety of testing techniques.  You’ll work with cross functional teams on research needs, and take the lead on smaller projects, executing, analyzing & interpreting sensory & consumer data to deliver insights to meet business needs.  You’ll partner with Senior Researchers on larger projects, learning on the job and expanding your skillset. And you’ll have an active role in supporting the broader activities of the Product Guidance team, assisting with panel management, recruiting, test execution, and analysis needs. 
We’ll support you along the way with robust onboarding, as well as personal and career development, to help you grow as an Associate Product Guidance Researcher. The exciting part of retail? It’s always changing!  Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description.  Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.
About you:
  • B.S or M.S. in Food Science/Sensory Science, Psychology or related field.
  • 0-3 years relevant experience in sensory science / consumer research
  • Solid understanding of sensory and consumer testing principles and methods, and their application to product development.  
  • Working knowledge of statistical design & analysis; demonstrated ability to apply statistics to sesory projects, and to analyze and interpret data using Excel, XLSTAT, or SAS.
  • High degree of initiative and attention to detail; works with a sense of urgency.
  • Strong critical thinking & problem-solving skills and the ability to accurately record, organize & analyze data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of sensory testing software (such as Compusense or SIMS) desired
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