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Scientist - Sensory


Lakeville - Massachusetts

Requisition #:


Employment Duration:

Full time

Last Updated:

8/23/12 4:46 PM

Company Overview

For 80 years, Ocean Spray’s logo has been an enduring symbol of what we stand for - taste, health and heritage. From the creation of the Cooperative, to the steady wave of new products designed to delight customers today, Ocean Spray has a history of quality, great taste and innovative products. Beginning with the harvest, it is the spirit of discovery and determination, and the dedication of grower-owners and employees, that allows us to manufacture and market our products to delight consumers around the globe!

As we develop new products and expand our markets we are looking to hire talented individuals that want to be part of our team. If you thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, team environment you will love working at Ocean Spray. At Ocean Spray we understand the value of working together, while knowing each individual plays a vital role in the company’s success. Our business has always been and continues to be built on the people from different backgrounds, coming together for a common goal. The same sense of opportunity, resourcefulness and innovation on which the Cooperative was founded is what drives Ocean Spray today!


Position Summary: This position is responsible for designing, executing, and reporting quantitative sensory research in support of the business objectives. It will also support internal R&D technical resources including Product Development, Corporate Quality, Packaging, Microbiology/Analytical, Shelf Life and Ingredient/Innovation. The position will work with both a R&D and Marketing and Consumer Insights to deliver excellent sensory and consumer guidance to research projects.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Designs, conducts, analyzes and reports sensory studies based on business and customer needs, including providing technical expertise for evaluation of new packages/products/systems and improvements or cost reductions where appropriate. Clearly communicates recommendations and risks to contribute to important project decisions.
2. Supports technical resources to achieve goals in optimization and ingredient utilization.

3. Supports cost saving initiatives through ingredient, product & process optimization.

4. Assists in maintenance, execution, and program enhancements to the plant QA sensory program.

5. Develops lexicons to define key attributes of products as projects dictate. Lead and provide training to R&D and other applicable departments on lexicons.

6. Execute shelf life studies to identify risks and highlight key product attributes.

7. Provides sensory support to customers, marketing, and sales & manufacturing as required.

8. Understand and implement new methods to identify key product drivers of liking.

9. Design, implement, and report key research initiatives for a better understanding of products and consumers. Knowledge of psychotropic methods a plus.

10. Actively contribute to the strategic growth and advancement of the Sensory analysis department through research and other technical assessments.

Decision-Making Authority/Accountability Level: Project budget responsibility and accountability for using New Product Development system where appropriate. Ensure compliance to regulatory and company policies and procedures.

Minimum Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:
§ Technical Knowledge: Educated to at least graduate level MS in Food Science and/or Technology or a related discipline (e.g. psychology, statistics, consumer science) with min. 2 years relevant training/work experience with sensory evaluation and consumer research as a core element of the role, including statistical analysis of data (especially design of experiments and multivariate techniques). Applicant must have knowledge in the application of sensory research, including consumer research (CLT, HUT, focus groups), discrimination methods and other related technical fields, such as physiology, psychology and statistics. A sound background in descriptive analysis and emotion analsysis a plus.
§ Data Management: Utilizes data collection, analysis, maintenance, application, and refinement methods to make fact-based decisions and influence others. Applicant should have a working knowledge of consumer research software (CompuSense, Fizz, etc) and be familiar with online survey research tools. Proficient in Word and Excel.
§ Problem Solving/Analysis: Systematically identifies, analyzes, and solves issues and problems to reach optimum solutions in a timely manner.
§ Design/Preliminary Development: Identify and develop technically feasible prototypes that meet consumer and/or operational objectives. Ability to integrate sensory and consumer methods into research plans, integrate data and draw conclusions.
§ Technical Communcations: Communicates effectively complex information in written and verbal form to audiences of differing technical understanding. This may be internal and external customers; i.e. vendors/suppliers
§ Accountability and Follow Through: Holds self and others accountable to stated goals and objectives and drives the completion of projects and initiatives.
§ Project Management: Designs, plans and manages projects to deliver value added solutions within defined time and cost parameters.
§ Teamwork and Integration: Shares and achieves common goals with internal and/or external teams. Ability to work well with all levels of the organization from shop floor to senior management.
§ Leadership: Be proactive in generating and communicating ideas and information to peers and functional management. Leading by example, follow proper procedures as detailed in the operating guidelines and principles.


Compensation and benefits are high on everyone's priority list, so it’s high on our list too. That’s why Ocean Spray provides competitive salaries and a wide variety of benefits - including programs that protect your health and welfare, help you prepare for retirement and truly enable you to balance your work and family life.

Ocean Spray is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AAP/M/F/V/D.


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