Sensory Panel Lead


Company Information

In the Consumer Culinary Experience (CCE) team the mission is to inspire and design delicious food experiences for international customers and their consumers. KraftHeinz is looking for a passionate sensory scientist to join the dynamic team and support with sensory analysis activities as a panel leader.

Function Description

As Sensory Panel Leader your main responsibilities are:

  • Be fully responsible of our sensory descriptive panel and related activities in Nijmegen. You will ensure same level of quality of internal panel tests in other locations within the International zone.
  • Manage sensory projects on request of the Consumer Experience Researcher; designing the associated sensory research methodology and running the sessions. You will work with the Sensory team to make sure the best methodologies and practices are applied.
  • Analyze the data, design the reports, and present results with the support of the Consumer Experience project manager.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Setting up, conducting, analyzing, and reporting of sensory research.
  • Independently leading, managing and training of the sensory descriptive panel, including performance monitoring. Recruiting and training new panelists on request.
  • Statistical data analysis and report writing, within set timelines.
  • Supervise sensory lab technician regarding sample preparation, best practices and day-to-day activities.
  • Working together with the CCE team to advice and develop new sensory methodologies to address our business and consumer challenges.


  • Bsc or Msc degree in Food Science/Sensory Science/ or equivalent professional experience.
  • Min 2 years’ experience in sensory panel management.
  • Knowledge of Sensory / Statistical Analysis like QDA, Similarity/Thurstonian testsing, Post hoc, PCA, MFA.
  • Fluent written and spoken Dutch and English.
  • Experience with sensory software and data analysis is a must, experience with Eye Question, R and XL Stat.
  • Exposure to an FMCG environment.

Professional Attributes

  • People and team management skills.
  • Communication skills.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Team player.
  • A plus: being a foodie who is passionate with food and cooking.


  • Possibility to start on short notice.
  • Contract via Nutri-akt until end of 2023, 40 hours per week (with option to extend).
  • Salary indication will be based on your relevant knowledge and work experience.

KraftHeinz has outsourced the procedure exclusively to Nutri-akt.

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