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Unilever Global Foods Consumer Technical Insight Researcher Data and Digital Team in Wageningen, Netherlands



LOCATION: Unilever Global Foods Innovation Centre, Wageningen



Salary: 44-62 K gross depending on background and experience


Unilever is one of the world`s largest FMCG businesses, with interest across Personal Care, Homecare, Refreshment and Foods product categories. Within Unilever the Foods Category represents 30% of its business, and owns some of Unilever´s largest brands, such as Hellmann’s and Knorr. It has ambitious growth plans, which will be fulfilled by product innovations that incorporate superior, differentiating technologies and design.

Unilever recognises Consumer Technical Insight (CTI) as an integral function partnering R&D Product and Packaging development. Our department delivers consumer technical insights using qualitative, quantitative consumer and sensory research to drive the delivery of outstanding innovations and preferred products in the market place.

Main objective of the Global Foods CTI researcher role is to help, plan and manage CTI research within the global CTI Foods programme and support the superior product designs in adherence to best practices, IPM, Unilever policies and Code of Business Principles. The CTI role presents an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about new product development to play a key role in supporting the Global R&D team through identifying opportunities to better meet consumer needs and drive profitable growth for Unilever’s Foods business.

If you have a passion for shaping impactful consumer and sensory research, enjoy team work, and have an ability to translate insights into new business opportunities – this is a role for you.


Consumer & Product Insights for innovation and renovation Projects for Foods globally as well as regionally,

  • Review historical market, consumer and sensory data to help identify opportunities for superior products and claims, and providing the R&D teams with clear guidance on how to deliver these.

  • Identify what consumer research (quali & quant) is needed to deliver project objectives, develop the research brief, ensure execution according to best practice guidelines, and draw out clear and actionable insights and recommendations.

  • Developing work which is fact-based rather than fact-filled, focusing on story-telling, recommendations and outcomes.

  • Running hypothesis and scenarios in autonomous way, by using data and data analytics, to guide the R&D team in development of the best formulations.

  • Working collaboratively with regional CTI teams and partnering closely with Consumer Market Insights (partner to Marketing) to develop integrated consumer insight research plans.

  • And with a special focus on building digital excellence

  • Lead Preference Mapping and sensory studies across clusters

  • Support projects and teams to bring to extract competitive advantage from data capture, data mining skills to create strategic understanding,

  • Being familiar with the concept of predictive models and having the capability to support their further development

  • Interact with key external partners, regional CTI Foods teams, and cross category CTI teams to shape guidelines and best practices, deliver inspiration and new opportunities, including (digital) tools, and provide trainings

Effectively delivering CTI contribution to Foods projects on time in full (OTIF) and within agreed budget.


  • At least 2 years of experience in the FMCG environment, with consumer, sensory, customer and/or market research.

  • Graduate qualification in human or food sciences, or experienced in a consumer or sensory insights role.

  • Strong affinity with data, data mining and data analysis - preferably experience with predictive modeling.

  • Working knowledge of consumer and / or sensory research approaches, and ability to work independently and strong planning skills.

  • Experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams in the development of high impact innovative propositions in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Fluent English, second language is a plus

  • Solid verbal communi­cation skills, with ex­perience presenting to all levels of clients and co-workers with very good communication and influencing skills

  • Passionate about food and ambitious to deliver the best quality whilst being a good team player

  • Fully operational in MS office

  • Excellent facilitation and problem-solving skills.

  • Self-motivated and keen to help drive change in an organization.

  • Creative thinking to support the development of new ideas with volition and willingness to change.

  • Ability to convince and influence others.

  • Strong internal/external network builder.

WHAT DOES UNILEVER OFFER Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world. We offer an exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!

  • Attractive total remuneration package; excellent company pension, bonus, share scheme.

  • Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever.

  • Plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained.

  • We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life with interchangeable public holidays, paid paternity leave of 6 weeks and our transgender policy.

  • Under the Hybrid Working principles, you will be expected to spend a minimum of 40% in the office or at customers, suppliers or partners to connect and collaborate. For the time you work from home, we will ensure you are well equipped. When you are at the office , you can enjoy our tasty canteen with prepped food and own products.

  • Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products.

  • My Fitness Plan (reduction on your Fitness Subscription).

  • Home work allowance

  • Company laptop and mobile phone

  • Green Mobility Policy.


Join Unilever and our team! To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against.

By highlighting the gender diversity at the workplace, Unilever encourages women equally men to apply. If you look for a job after a long career break or after any type of leave, do not hesitate to apply.


Please save a copy of this vacancy for personal use as it will disappear from the website after closing of the role. Deadline for applying is at 23.59 the day before the Job Posting End Date.

Job Category: Research/Development

Job Type: Product Dev Technician

Industry: UnileverExperiencedProfessionals