Science & Engineering

Group Leader

R-70708 | East Hanover, New Jersey, United States

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Job Description

Are You Ready to Make It Happen at Mondelēz International?

Join our Mission to Lead the Future of Snacking. Make It With Pride.

You manage technical and scientific professionals to provide consumer science support to projects and programs and develop the technical content for strategic plans and initiatives.

How you will contribute

You will support projects or programs (including research design) to meet objectives, produce quality, actionable data and make recommendations to ensure the projects or programs are completed to the required standards and within the agreed to timetables. In this role, you will help develop departmental plans and budgets in line with corporate requirements, direct qualitative and quantitative consumer research, ensure there is a consumer-centric approach to all programs and projects, and partner with stakeholders (including R&D and commercial/insights) to secure resources. You will also manage and coach staff to help them understand consumer science and hone their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

What you will bring

A desire to drive your future and accelerate your career and the following experience and knowledge:

  • A qualification in food science, engineering, psychology, sociology, food technology, food chemistry or similar area
  • Consumer science including several years managing complex programs
  • Managing a team of professionals
  • Statistical theory and its application to sensory/consumer research
  • Leading, Influencing and interacting cross-functionally at multiple organizational levels
  • Partnering with clients and/or stakeholders
  • Communicating and influencing skills and working collaboratively internally and externally in an ever changing commercial and technical environment
  • Critical thinking and thought leadership to deliver complex, ambiguous programs

More about this role

What you need to know about this position:

Provide Consumer Science related support to Mondelēz global legal entities, per service agreements. This includes the biscuit category as well as the categories within the Ventures team (Tate’s, Give and Go, Perfect Snack) and NA Business Unit but may also include support to other regions as organization priorities dictate. 
The role contributes to the planning and implementation of assigned research programs/projects that lead to actionable business results. 

The role requires the jobholder to work under a high degree of autonomy to plan and conduct independent projects as a fully engaged cross-functional partner interacting with senior leaders as required to align and deliver on research objectives. The jobholder develops project objectives and strategies independently in response to business needs and integrates input from other functional areas to drive towards solutions.

The jobholder is able to solve complex problems and get things done through both formal and informal channels. The jobholder significantly impacts the directions/quality of work done by other technical people and delivers expert technical knowledge representing the function.

The jobholder interacts regularly with key stakeholders and may direct activities of junior professionals and/or temporary staff while completing assignments. The jobholder interacts with CS/MDLZ senior leaders and professionals outside the company at professional meetings.

What extra ingredients you will bring:

•  Lead and conduct single or multistage large programs/projects, delivering to the required standards and agreed timescales, including designing research to meet objectives, to produce good quality, actionable data, interpreting results, reporting/presenting findings, making recommendations and contributing to decision making.
•  Lead category appraisal and DOE studies including the statistical principles applied as part of the overall research plan. 
•  Understands and applies multivariate statistical methods to gain deeper understanding and insights from research conducted when appropriate.
•   Lead all aspects of consumer research both qualitative and quantitative including the integration/linking of descriptive and consumer data into a cohesive story. 
•   Lead the execution of CAD (Consumer Aided Design) work including leading the design of the research program and all executional elements including Knowledge Mapping, Value Diagramming, Product Labs and subsequent analysis and reporting of results. 
•   Effectively partner with stakeholders (R&D and Commercial / Insights) ensuring that the work is in line with the strategic priorities of the business.
•   Assumes leadership role on cross-functional teams and interfaces with all levels of the organization.
•   Work with the Consumer Science management team to prioritize workload.
•   Seeks improvement on existing methods in line with good scientific principles.
•   To provide support to the Consumer Science management team by role modelling leadership behaviors and deputizing for line manager as required.
•   Look for opportunities to provide informal coaching and to share experience with more junior colleagues.
•   Proactively seeking ways to improve all aspects of the department, including functional methodologies, practical solutions and facilities and presenting these ideas in an appropriate way to the Consumer Science management team.
•  Contribute to CS Team goals by participating on teams where new methodologies and capability are evaluated, proposed and implemented.
•  Ensure an efficient and safe running of the sensory laboratory, including maintenance of the quality system, ensuring that procedures are followed properly and highest standards of work and environment, health and safety are maintained.
•  Ensure two-way communication between yourself and other team members. 

Education / Certifications:

Bachelor’s/ Master of Food Science or Nutrional Psychology 

Applied Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate 
Job specific requirements:

10 years of experience required. Strong knowledge of statistical theory and its application to sensory/consumer research

Travel requirements:


Work schedule:

Onsite in East Hanover, NJ

Within Country Relocation support available and for candidates voluntarily moving internationally some minimal support is offered through our Volunteer International Transfer Policy

Business Unit Summary

The United States is the largest market in the Mondelēz International family with a significant employee and manufacturing footprint. Here, we produce our well-loved household favorites to provide our consumers with the right snack, at the right moment, made the right way. We have corporate offices, sales, manufacturing and distribution locations throughout the U.S. to ensure our iconic brands—including Oreo and  Chips Ahoy! cookies, Ritz, Wheat Thins and Triscuit crackers, and Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids confectionery products —are close at hand for our consumers across the country.  

Mondelēz Global LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require accommodation to participate in the job application process may contact 847-943-5460 for assistance.

For office-based, salaried roles at Bakery and Customer Service & Logistics locations, and some remote roles proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to be eligible for employment.  Religious, medical and/or other accommodations as required by law will be considered on a case by case basis.  You may review the Mondelēz COVID vaccination policy by visiting the US careers website at This COVID-19 vaccine mandate does not apply to several U.S. states that do not permit certain vaccination mandates, including, but not limited to Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

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Consumer Science

Science & Engineering


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