Sensory Panel Lead



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.


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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