Sensory Scientist

Overland, MO

Post Date: 04/30/2018 Job ID: 187.18MR Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage

Sensory Scientist

Act as a Sensory Scientist on project teams.  Consult, design and manage appropriate descriptive, discrimination and consumer guidance tests to enhance product knowledge and report findings in context of project objectives/business goals.  Participate in Descriptive Panel Training and Company-wide Sensory Training as needed.  Monitor Panelist performance through designed experiments and appropriate stats analysis.  Provide professional guidance and enable project leaders to define and progress towards measurable sensory targets.  Allocate sensory testing resources in accord with company priorities.  Develop new methods to gain product understanding.

Accountable for ensuring standards of quality that meet or exceed customer expectations by adhering to strict testing protocols that have been validated for accuracy and reliability.  Ensures compliance with company safety and security policies.  Manage relationships with other Sensory Scientists within the outside of company, including groups at customers and external research collaborators.  Some travel also required.

Specific job duties to include:

  • Serve as sensory technical consultant/coordinator on assigned project teams. Assist team members in the development of program research objectives, and business impact.  Define sensory objectives and recommend testing strategy to support program objectives.  Attend team meetings; regularly review progress and plans
  • Work with sensory staff and descriptive panelists to carry out appropriate sensory tests to industry standards. Develop and recommend new test methodologies to incorporate where needed to improve product understanding.  Analyze sensory data and write comprehensive reports for project leaders detailing results and conclusions.  Communication of results and interpretation to project leader verbally or in writing.  Design experiments and apply statistical analysis to monitor panelist performance.  Recommend panelist training where needed to ensure accuracy / precision
  • Provide professional guidance to staff to improve research skills and increase their understanding of techniques and procedures utilized; may instruct personnel in more advanced aspects of research / data interpretation. Provide sensory consultancy where needed in dealing with customers and co-suppliers
  • Assist in management of sensory facility to ensure a safe environment is maintained, efficient use of staff time, financial resources

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Mary Rigas at maryr@cps4jobs.com.

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Requirements:

  • Master’s degree with 0+ years of experience in Sensory with proven track record and strong applied statistics knowledge and experience., Or also acceptable is a BS with 3-5 years of experience
  • Knowledge of Sensory Science, with experience in Sensory Descriptive Profiling
  • Working knowledge of applied statistics
  • Ability to write Excel Macros preferred
  • Specific field or training is required
  • Experience in training and maintaining a sensory profiling panel and industry standard consumer testing methodologies, statistical analysis of sensory data and associated data from other sources
  • Experience in sensory analysis of food materials is essential; experience in applied statistics, analytical chemistry, method development and product development are desirable. Experience in successfully managing collaborative relationships at work e.g. between functions, with customers or co-suppliers would be an advantage

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Mary Rigas at maryr@cps4jobs.com.

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Mary Rigas
Section Manager/ Sr. Technical Recruiter

I specialize in connecting talent within the Food and Beverage Industry and proud to be part of CPS, Inc., which is on Forbes Top 20 Recruiting Firms list for 2017.

Being a manager and senior recruiter in the Food & Beverage group, our specialties include product development, quality, nutrition, regulatory, sensory, flavor development and application from entry level to executive.

I am part of a team of seven which provides more positions for candidates to consider and more candidates for client companies to consider.  We pride ourselves in building long lasting relationships and assisting both candidates and client companies in achieving their goals.


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