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Associate Scientist- Sensory - Lakeville, MA

Ocean Spray Location:

Corporate

Requisition #:

C13-2761

Employment Duration:

Full time

Last Updated:

12/2/13 8:47 AM


Company Overview

For 80 years, Ocean Sprayís 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 companyís 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!


Description

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 companyís success. Our business has always been and continues to be built on 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!

Ocean Spray has an Associate Scientist opening in our Sensory Science team within Research & Development. This position will report into the Sensory team leader and is based in Lakeville, MA, just outside of Boston.

The Sensory Science team employs industry-leading methodologies and ensures that the best research methods and quantitative tools are applied for thoughtful insight discovery. Our team supports domestic and global consumer studies, quality, shelf life and employee panels (e.g. descriptive, discrimination) and works closely with consumer insights, marketing and manufacturing. Sensory at Ocean Spray isnít just a capability, it is a competitive advantage.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the sensory science activities of Ocean Spray, including 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

  • Drive internal initiatives to promote sensory throughout the organization
  • Be proactive and creative in your day-to-day activities to assist driving the coop forward
  • Oversee day-to-day lab management including inventory, organization, recruitment and cleanliness

Internal Sensory Science Project Manager

  • Will be required to own the internal employee panel at Ocean Spray. Must engage employees, schedule tests and execute on-time.

Other Sensory Support

  • Support QA Activities as needed
  • Run sensory shelf-life program
  • Help support our consumer panel including sensory tests and recruitment activities
  • Be willing to take on additional responsibilities as required
  • Be willing to travel

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:

  • B.S. degree in Food Science, Sensory Science, Psychology or similar field. Advanced degree and/or 1-2 years of experience a plus.
  • Will be expected to quickly come up to speed on both survey design and analysis tools (e.g. Compusense) as well as be able to learn how to execute data analyses in statistical software programs.

Compensation/Benefits

Compensation and benefits are high on everyone's priority list, so itís high on our list too. Thatís 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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