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Post Consumer Brands
Lakeville, Minnesota, United States
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Description

The Sensory Scientist is responsible for the daily management of the Descriptive Analysis (DA) Trained Panel including panelist supervision/scheduling, panel recruiting, training, study planning, design, execution, data analysis and reporting.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Manage trained flavor and texture DA panel including recruitment, supervision, training, monitoring and motivation
• Plan DA studies based on business priority, design and execute studies; clarifies objective prior to starting research
• Conduct data analysis and interpret data, provide recommendations and report/communicate results to stakeholders
• Work as a team with all staff to accomplish business objectives
• Interface effectively with the cross functional team, customers, suppliers and contractors
• Support special analysis requests/projects as needed
• Ensure that all safety guidelines and procedures are followed as safety is a primary responsibility
• Assist in sample preparation and execution of consumer studies as needed
• Other duties may be assigned as dictated by business necessity



Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:
• 1-3 years of experience as a Trained Descriptive Analysis Panel leader developing full product profiles, panelist motivational issues, panelist training, and panel monitoring is required
• Previous experience in a consumer packaged goods R&D environment is preferred but not required
• Must undergo and pass sensory acuity screening
• Must participate in product tastings/cuttings as necessary
• Due to exposure to various food allergens in the testing environment (including but not limited to dairy products, eggs, sesame, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, sulfites, chocolate, fruit, natural or artificial sweeteners (like aspartame and Phenylalanine), natural or artificial colors, gluten, fish and shellfish), applicants with moderate to severe food allergies are discouraged from applying
• Ability to work independently
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate in English (both verbal and written)
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask
• Willing and able to work flexible hours, including some evenings if needed
• Willing to follow all lab Good Manufacturing Practices
• Ability to follow instructions accurately
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools & Outlook is required
• Working knowledge of Spectrum Methodology, SIMS and SAS preferred
• Work also involves walking, reaching, using a keyboard, repetitive motion and moving, lifting or pushing objects weighing up to 25 pounds

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Bachelors Degree in Sensory Science, Food Science, Experimental Psychology, Statistics, or related field required.

Experience: Minimum 1-3 years of experience working with a trained descriptive panel, analyzing and interpreting data.

Skills:
• Must be able to form positive consultative relationships with co-workers, cross-functional teams, and consultants.
• Ability to effectively lead projects and handle multiple projects concurrently.
• Proven experience training a panel, planning and executing sensory studies.
• Understanding of statistical analysis such as design of experiments and multivariate analysis and data interpretation.
• Knowledge of cereal processing and the effect of raw materials and the process on sensory characteristics preferred.
• Must have flexibility and the ability to prioritize responsibilities to meet changing work demands.
• Willing to travel as and when necessary.

JOB COMPLEXITY:

Relationships:
Work Structure: Consults, plans, designs, executes and prioritizes DA studies with limited guidance from Manager, Sensory & Consumer Science

Internal: R&D, Operations, Quality Food Safety, and Integrated Business Teams

External: Sensory contractors, consultants and ingredient suppliers

Post Holdings provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58543489
  • Location:
    Lakeville, Minnesota, United States
  • Position Title: Sensory Scientist
  • Company Name: Post Consumer Brands
  • Industry: Food/Beverages
  • Job Function: Scientist
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 1-2 Years
  • Required Travel: None

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