Sensory Panel Lead



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


As Sensory Panel Leader your main responsibilities are:

  • 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 under the supervision of the Consumer Experience project manager.
  • Be responsible of our employee panel motivation, training when needed and attendance. You will ensure same level of quality of internal panel tests in other locations within the International zone.
  • Support the trained panel activities and performance under the supervision of our experienced panel leader.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Setting up, analyzing, and reporting of discrimination tests.
  • Independently leading and managing of the internal discriminative panel.
  • Together with our experienced panel leader, leading, managing and training of the sensory descriptive panel, including performance monitoring.
  • Statistical data analysis and report writing, within set timelines.
  • Leading samples preparation and management and support sensory lab technician regarding best practices and day-to-day activities.
  • Working together with the CCE team to advice on sensory methodologies and to understand the challenges.


  • Degree in Food Science/Sensory Science/ or equivalent professional experience.
  • Knowledge of Sensory / Statistical Analysis like QDA, Similarity/Thurstonian testsing, Post hoc, PCA, MFA.
  • Fluent written and spoken Dutch and English.
  • Experience in sensory panel management.
  • 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 for 1 year, 40hours 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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