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Sensory Specialist
Tree Top 11 reviews - Selah, WA 98942




The Sensory Specialist is the primary sensory resource company wide. Position will assist with the recruitment and training of panelists, will conduct and/or supervise sensory panels, and provide general process development and technical services as required.

This position reports to the Director of Product Development and does not supervise others. Position works closely with Corporate Operations, Plant Operations, CPG and Food Service Marketing, Corporate Quality and Food Safety, Product Development, and occasionally general public.

(The essential functions listed below are not intended to reflect all duties that may be assigned to this position. Tree Top may augment duties, including essential functions, at its discretion.)

Oversee the apple essence program: work with tech services, CQA, and Marketing to re-define the program, to include methodology and procedures. Assists plant QA in recruitment and screening of plant employees as panelists. Provide training samples and conduct training sessions with the panelists. Follow quality trends and make recommendations.
Oversee the corporate ďlong term quality trendsĒ panel. To include recruitment and training of panelists, maintenance of corporate sensory facilities, coordinate or conduct the actual panels as needed and make interpretation of results.
Provide sensory oversight for programs at the plant manufacturing level. To include method development as needed, and conduct training and calibration sessions at all Tree Top manufacturing locations.
Conduct external and internal attribute linked sensory panels at the request of marketing groups to help define and refine product attributes. Serve as the in-house sensory resource for periodic contracted competitive product surveys.
Assist Corporate Product Development, and Quality Services in necessary shelf life testing; primarily through assisting in experimental design, maintenance of the sensory testing tools, and providing advice on the interpretation of the generated results. This position may conduct the panels, or may serve a supervisory role in conducting the panels.
Maintain a clean and safe working environment by adhering to safety regulations. Adhere to safety regulations and maintain sensory laboratory.
Effectively work in both a union and union-free environment at the various production facilities.
Have regular attendance and work appropriate number of hours to get the essential functions completed.
Perform under the Working Conditions described below.

Principles and practices of chemistry and sensory fundamentals.

Solid knowledge of food safety/hygiene and laboratory standards.

Working knowledge of laboratory equipment.

Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations applicable to quality and safety of food.

Mathematics and statistics analysis.

Effectively manage and lead multiple projects with multidisciplinary teams toward a shared goal.

Effectively facilitate workgroups and meetings toward a shared goal.

Accurately document data and testing results.

Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

Maintain confidential and sensitive information.

Think creatively and strategically in order to drive organization-wide results.

Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.

Identify, research, and analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, and project consequences of proposed actions.

Apply statistical analysis.

Gather, evaluate, and interpret information; generate technical reports.

Effectively organize, plan, and execute.

Use computers and computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Meet behaviors established in Tree Topís performance management and development process.

A Bachelorís degree in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Chemistry or closely related field. Masterís degree is preferred.

Minimum of 3 years of experience in food science or chemistry, focusing on an analytical laboratory and sensory testing environment.

Experience in sensory principles and current methodology in sensory testing.

Frequently works in an office, lab, and manufacturing/plant environment

Frequently deals with highly confidential information

Occasionally works under tight time constraints or with business activities of a seasonal/cyclical nature

Occasionally travels, including overnight stays, to other worksites, for off-site meetings, and for training purposes

Physical requirements of the job:
Constantly lifts up to 10 pounds and frequently lifts up to 20 pounds

Vision requirements: Frequently uses far vision (see clearly beyond 20 feet), near vision (see clearly within 20 inches), depth perception, and color vision (to identify and distinguish colors)

Frequently types

Frequently lifts, talks, stands, walks, kneels, reaches, and/or uses hearing

Occasionally climbs, crouches, uses repetitive hand motions, pushes, and/or drives

Types of exposures encountered: Frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, odors or fumes, loud machine/equipment noise, and extreme heat/cold temperatures

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this job with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends, in part, on the specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to disability and the ability of the department/division to accommodate the limitation.

Tree Top is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with law.


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