Sensory Panel Leader



Kraft Heinz is one of the largest food companies worldwide. In Europe Kraft Heinz has a prime position in the food marked with A-labels like Heinz, Weight Watchers, Honig, De Ruijter, Orlando, Pudliski and more. The location is in Nijmegen, in our Heinz Innovation Centre.


The Sensory Panel Leader is a member of the Consumer Technical Insight (CTI) team that helps to solve the challenges and guide the development of consumer relevant and sensory performing products in multiple product categories. The Panel Leader role is working on requests from the CTI scientists and product developers regarding sensory tests and ensures the day-to-day training and managing and tests of the trained sensory panel. The role also includes reporting, data analysis and working together with the team to make sure the best methodologies and practices are applied.


  • Independently leading, managing and training of the sensory descriptive panel, including performance monitoring
  • Setting up, analysing and reporting of discrimination tests
  • Technical support to the sensory lab technician regarding best practices and day-to-day activities
  • Working together with the CTI team and developers to advice on sensory methodologies and to understand the challenges
  • Statistical data analysis and report writing, within set timelines



  • Degree in Food Science/Sensory Science/ or equivalent professional experience
  • Knowledge of Sensory / Statistical Analysis like QDA, Similarity Tests, Post hoc, PCA
  • Fluent written and spoken Dutch and English
  • Experience in sensory panel leading, training and management
  • Experience with sensory software and data analysis is a must, experience with Eye Question, R and XL Stat
  • Exposure to an FMCG environment
  • People/team management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Team player


  • Possibility to start on short notice
  • Contract via Nutri-akt, 8 months with possible extension, 40 hours per week
  • Salary indication will be based on your relevant knowledge and work experience

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