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Scientist II - Sensory Lab Supervisor




United States


GA - Atlanta




Full Time








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Position Overview:


  • Responsible for coordinating and executing internal sensory tests, including panel recruitment, test execution, data entry, routine statistical analyses, and reporting results both orally and in written documentation, with emphasis on data integrity.


  • Responsible for maintaining the internal sensory panel including administering sensory acuity tests, panel attendance and proficiency, incentive programs, panel recruitment, communication and consent forms.


  • Supports internal DOD and/or DA panels through sample and reference preparation as well as panel administration, training and leadership.


  • Organize sensory laboratory schedule to maximize sensory laboratory effectiveness as well as meeting business needs. Maintain laboratory cleanliness, safety and execution rigor to ISO 9001 Standards.




    • Maintains sensory laboratory schedule and effectively executes sensory tests following good sensory evaluation practices ensuring data integrity.


    • On-going recruitment and maintenance of the sensory panelist pool. Conducts orientation sessions and sensory acuity assessments to select panelists.


    • Collaborates with sensory and consumer scientists to align on project objectives, execute projects flawlessly and communicate findings.


    • Supervises daily work for sensory laboratory technicians; sets roles and tasks for technicians on a day to day basis.


    • Maintains sensory laboratory based on ISO 9001 standards including: required software systems (ie Compusense) and equipment (scales, pre-mix fountain).


    • Purchases and maintains proper level of laboratory supply inventory with a productivity lens.


    • Tracks Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for the sensory lab such as 1). Costs (ie Panelist Incentives, laboratory supply costs), 2). Test volume, 3). Corrective And Preventive Action (CAPA) and 4). Panelist performance and attendance.


    • Prepares training samples and references for DOD and/or DA panels, as needed.






    • Demonstrates ability to be an effective influence manager, capable of getting the client and partners to do the right research at the right time thereby increasing client success rate. Demonstrates awareness of technical risk to mitigate project risks.


    • Solid working knowledge of sensory test design and execution.


    • Solid working knowledge of Compusense and other survey tools.


    • Working knowledge of sensory methods including descriptive analysis (DA), discrimination and consumer testing methods, qualitative research techniques. Panel leadership, a plus.


    • Working knowledge of basic statistics including the appropriate use of statistical technique to analyze and interpret data. Some knowledge on the use of experimental designs.


    • Working knowledge in the use of best practices to provide quality data to support research objectives including basic principles of data and intellectual property management.


    • Working knowledge of fundamental food science; product development and manufacturing experience a plus.


    • Working knowledge and application of Good Laboratory Practices (e.g., handling of food, beverages, glassware, stainless steel tanks, pressurized gasses, preparation of samples and references, proper measuring techniques, data management, housekeeping).


    • Awareness and some knowledge of consumer test research design.


    • Good communication skills including ability to write concise, informative reports and the ability to communicate technical information to a wide audience.


    • Demonstrates high attention to detail, hands-on mind-set, effective time management, pro-active disposition and be a flexible, adaptable team player.






    • Drives Innovative Business Improvements: Develops new insights into solutions that result in organizational improvements; promotes a work environment that fosters creative thinking, innovation and rational risk-taking.


    • Balances Immediate and Long-Term Priorities: Seeks to meet critical objectives while considering the impact of those decisions and activities on the ability to achieve long-term goals.


    • Delivers Results: Focuses on the critical few objectives that add the most value and channels own and others' energy to consistently deliver results that meet or exceed expectations.


    • Imports and Exports Good Ideas: Relentlessly seeks shares and adopts ideas and best practices in and outside the Company and embraces change introduced by others.


    • Develops and Inspires Others: Builds and maintains relationships that motivate, guide, and/or reinforce the performance of others toward goal accomplishments. Develops self and others to improve performance in current role and to prepare for future roles; seeks and provides feedback and coaching to enhance performance.


    • Sets a Winning Example: Demonstrates integrity, including placing Company interests ahead of personal agendas; Makes sound decisions and followsthrough on them; Demonstrates passion for the Company and its products.





Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Food Science (concentration in Sensory Science) or Behavioral Sciences with 1-3 year(s) work experience; an advance degree a plus.

At The Coca-Cola Company you can cultivate your career in a challenging and dynamic environment. We are the largest manufacturer and distributor of nonalcoholic drinks in the world-selling more than 1 billion drinks a day. Unlock your full potential with a future-focused company that is known and respected throughout the world.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.




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