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Sensory Scientist – Lakeville, MA
Ocean Spray Cranberries




Ocean Spray believes that our employees are our best assets and we offer an environment where you can work with exceptionally smart, innovative, passionate teams that are motivated to deliver Ocean Spray products around the world. We offer an onsite gym with weekly fitness classes, a cafeteria committed to delivering healthy meals to our employees and half day Fridays in the summer. If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can add value every day, Ocean Spray is for you!

Ocean Spray is looking for a Sensory Scientist to join our Global Sensory Science team within Research & Development. This position will report into the Sensory Manager and is based in Lakeville, MA. Relocation assistance available. 

Global Sensory Science employs industry-leading methodologies and ensures that the best research methods and quantitative tools are applied for thoughtful insight discovery.  Our team supports global consumer studies, quality, shelf life and employee panels and collaborates with consumer insights, marketing, product development and manufacturing.  Our team is also engaged in basic research and method development.  Sensory at Ocean Spray isn’t just a capability, it is a competitive advantage.

This position is responsible for sensory science project management, which includes coordinating and overseeing the execution of internal and external sensory research, maintaining sensory testing resources and capabilities (software, facilities) and partnering with business teams within R&D and the broader organization to efficiently and accurately address business needs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Sensory Science Thought Leader

  • Promote the latest sensory science research and drive implementation of new methods and technologies
  • Be proactive and creative
  • Be the sensory expert on collaborative, cross-functional teams

Sensory Science Project Manager

  • Lead sensory on project teams including the development of specific sensory research questions and recommendation of appropriate research designs
  • Must be able to drive execution by balancing resource constraints while being a champion for excellence
  • Other Sensory Support
  • Develop and support plant-based quality activities and conduct on-site training activities as needed
  • Help support Ocean Spray’s consumer panel including sensory tests and recruitment activities

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:

  • Masters degree in Food Science, Sensory Science, Psychology or similar field with eight years of experience.  Ph.D is highly preferred.  
  • Will be expected to quickly come up to speed on both survey design and analysis tools (e.g. Compusense Cloud) as well as be able to learn how to execute data analyses in statistical software programs (e.g. Minitab, R).
  • Willing to travel (up to 20%) 


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