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Manager, Sensory and Consumer Research Center – Olathe Campus

KState - Olathe
Olathe, Kansas
Anticipated Hiring Range $70,000- $90,000
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2022

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The Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health is seeking applications for a Manager, Sensory and Consumer Research Center – Olathe Campus.

The Sensory and Consumer Research Center is part of the Sensory Program at Kansas State University in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health. The Sensory and Consumer Research Center is an internationally recognized research institute skilled in consulting, project management, method development, educational sensory and consumer research. For nearly 40 years, the Sensory and Consumer Research Center has provided confidential, effective solutions for more than 100 domestic and international companies. We have experience evaluating foods, beverages, cosmetics, personal care products and fragrances as well as the flexibility of a wide range of methodologies. This position is ideal for an entrepreneurial-oriented professional with industry experience to help further develop consumer-based research and University–Sensory industry partnerships. The Center is an integral part of the mission of the Olathe Campus related to Food Safety and Security, and Animal Health. The individual will report to the Program Director.

This individual will be responsible for the day-to-day acquisition, management, and implementation of contract consumer research studies. Other expectations for this position may include helping in developing workshop series, assisting with descriptive studies, and supervising students and part-time staff in conducting research studies. This individual will collaborate with Olathe staff responsible for K–12 relationships in the local community and conduct studies suited to the Olathe/Greater Kansas City area and in partnership with other research agencies nationally and internationally.

Specifically, as a Manager of the Sensory and Consumer Research Center, the individual will:

  1. Develop and implement the goals, objectives, and activities of the K-State Olathe Sensory and Consumer Research Center as part of the Sensory Academic Program at K-State.
  2. Develop professional contacts, communicate with clients, write proposals, conduct research studies, analyze data, report results, and manage the day-to-day operation of the Sensory and Consumer Research Center.
  3. Supervise and train staff supporting the day-to-day operation of the Sensory and Consumer Research Center and study execution.
  4. Work in collaboration with Sensory faculty to develop and implement common strategies for the good of the Sensory program and its students.
  5. Prepare and give presentations for companies and local and professional organizations.
  6. Plan and teach workshops and develop community outreach programs.
  7. Perform additional functions, as assigned

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University’s Olathe campus was launched in April 2011 and is the third and newest campus in the university’s system. The campus is in Johnson County and the Greater Kansas City metro area. The campus is a strategic partner of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle, which was created in 2008 when residents invested in the county's future by voting for a one-eighth cent sales tax. The proceeds from this tax generate more than $20 million a year to fund higher education through a unique partnership among Johnson County, the University of Kansas, and Kansas State University.

K-State Olathe provides a unique work culture that offers a variety of professional development opportunities and a community building committee to organize campus wide activities that have included social gatherings, service opportunities and team building workshops. Professional development opportunities on campus and in the community that employees regularly participate in are employee tuition assistance for academic programs, on campus lunch and learns, professional development workshops on campus, Leadership Olathe, and various regional Chamber activities.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position will be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement at the discretion of the Program Director once required training is complete and the individual has demonstrated the ability to successfully perform assigned duties independently.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements.  Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

To be Successful You Will Need:

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a bachelor's degree and 3 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

• M.S. with an emphasis in sensory analysis, consumer research, or closely related field
• Experience conducting sensory studies using quantitative and qualitative consumer research methodologies
• Basic training in statistics, including knowledge of data collection and statistical analysis programs, including Compusense, XLSTAT, SAS, etc.
• Five years of industry experience in project management of sensory analysis, consumer research, or market research
• Experience working with trained descriptive panelists
• Ability to train and mentor staff and students
• Ability to manage and grow a business model that is a blend of academics and private enterprise

Other Requirements:

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit:

  1. a cover letter outlining how the individual fits the job responsibilities and job qualifications
  2. a resume including educational and professional employment, participation in professional organizations, awards, etc.
  3. contact information of three current professional references that include name, address, phone number, and email address.

Application materials must be submitted online to be considered.

Questions regarding specifics of the position can be directed to:

Martin Talavera, PhD,Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health K-State Olathe Campus, at   or (913.307.7324)

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Roberta Robinson Manager, Human Resources at , or (913.307.7316).

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.




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