Sensory Scientist

Chicago, IL

Posted: 09/25/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 283.23KO Pay Rate: 71,000 - 80,000 Experience:

Job Description

Sensory Scientist

The primary function of this role is to lead the Innovation Sensory department for the company.  The Sensory Scientist will lead sensory initiatives within all New Product Development and Brand Maintenance projects from Concept Development through Commercialization.  As the product attribute expert, they will be responsible for collaborating with R&D, Marketing, and Sales to translate sensory insights to influence business decisions.  The Sensory Scientist will be responsible for providing guidance on sensory studies needed to support key innovation priorities and cost savings initiatives for the company.

What You Will Do

  • Manage the Sensory program within R&D for the company
  • Supports internal R&D teams on New Product Development and Brand Maintenance projects from concept creation through commercialization
  • Lead the design and execution of all sensory tests including Descriptive, Discrimination, and Affective tests
  • Lead objective setting, research design and statistical data analysis for all required sensory tests
  • Leads setting up, sample prepping, and executing tasting panels with alignment on customer protocols for testing
  • Lead the interpretation of test results and generate recommendations to R&D on formulation requirements and changes needed
  • Responsible for sensory final report creation and result communication to internal and external customers
  • Creates and maintains product sensory profiles for all of the company’s products
  • Responsible for generation and maintenance of product testing ballots
  • Leads the prescreening, training, and training maintenance of all internal panelists
  • Leads the communication and relationship management with external sensory support vendors
  • Creates and maintains department SOPs for all sensory protocols
  • Orders and maintains all sensory equipment and sensory laboratory supplies
  • Attend internal team meetings and external customer meetings to report out sensory updates

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

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Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or higher from four-year college or university in Sensory Science, Food Science, Psychology, Statistics, or other related fields
  • 5+ years of food industry experience in a sensory role
  • Strong food science fundamentals with a passion for food and innovation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with abilities to work directly with customers and internal cross functional counterparts
  • Strong fundamental with in-depth experience on sensory principles, test design, and execution
  • Ability to conduct statistical design and calculations
  • Must be a non-smoker and must not have food allergies or restrictions; as tasting will be required
  • Preferred experience utilizing sensory or statistical software such as SIMs, Compusense, R, etc.
  • Understanding of basic multivariate statistics
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Due to SQF regulations, all employees must be able to fluently read, write, and converse in the English language

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at

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Meet Your Recruiter

Kristine O'Sullivan
Sr. Partner

The Food and Beverage Division specializes in the placement of technical professionals in the food and beverage industry from entry level to executive level candidates. I have a talented group of recruiters who specifically source Technical Sales Professionals, Scientists, Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Executive Technical professionals, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Technical Service, Nutrition, Analytical and Corporate Chefs. We work on both a contingent basis for professional level searches and retained search for executive level searches. CPS, Inc. has been in the talent recruitment business for 40+ years and we recruit nationwide.

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