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Contract Food Product & Sensory Testing Associate

Prime Roots

Prime Roots

Berkeley, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2023

About Prime Roots: Prime Roots is an innovative food technology company dedicated to creating delicious and sustainable plant-based food products. We are on a mission to revolutionize the way people eat by crafting meat and plant-based alternatives that are both healthy for our bodies and environmentally friendly. Our team is passionate about the future of food, sustainability, and culinary innovation.

Job Description: Prime Roots is seeking a Contract Product & Sensory Testing Associate to join our dynamic team. As a Contract Product & Sensory Testing Associate, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the quality and sensory attributes of our plant-based food products meet our high standards and testing against other products. This position involves conducting sensory evaluations, organizing and executing product tests, analyzing data, and creating data visualizations and presentations for sales and marketing purposes. Additionally, you will oversee panel recruitment and testing setup to support the testing process.

This is a contract position with a duration of 1-4 months. The Contract Product & Sensory Testing Associate will be an integral part of Prime Roots' mission to create sustainable and delicious plant-based food products. If you are passionate about the future of food and want to contribute to a cutting-edge, environmentally conscious company, we encourage you to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

Sensory Evaluation:

Set up and conduct sensory evaluations of food products, following established protocols.

Train panelists and participants in sensory testing procedures.

Maintain sensory evaluation records and ensure data accuracy.

Product Testing:

Design experimental protocols for product testing based on defined objectives.

Prepare samples for sensory and analytical tests.

Execute testing plans, ensuring consistency and reliability in testing processes.

Document and report test results to the relevant teams.

Data Analysis:

Analyze sensory and analytical data to identify trends, patterns, and potential areas for product improvement.

Provide insights and recommendations to improve product quality and sensory attributes.

Work with cross-functional teams to implement changes based on data analysis.

Quality Control:

Assist in monitoring and maintaining the quality control program for food products.

Identify and report any deviations from product specifications and recommend corrective actions.

Panel Recruitment and Setup:

Source, screen, and recruit sensory panelists or participants for testing.

Plan and set up sensory testing sessions, ensuring that all necessary materials, samples, and equipment are available.

Arrange and manage the logistics of testing sessions, including space reservation and equipment calibration.

Collaborate with the Procurement team to ensure a steady supply of necessary testing materials.

Data Management and Visualization:

Create data visualizations and graphs to effectively communicate sensory and product testing results.

Compile data into clear and visually appealing presentations for data visualization and presentation purposes.

Training and Onboarding:

Develop and deliver training sessions for panelists, covering sensory testing protocols and best practices.

Onboard new panelists, providing them with a comprehensive understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

Data Collection Oversight:

Supervise the data collection process during sensory evaluations, ensuring that all panelists follow established procedures.

Troubleshoot any issues or inconsistencies that may arise during testing sessions.

Data Visualization and Presentation:

Create presentations that effectively communicate product attributes and sensory insights for sales and marketing teams.

Collaborate with sales and marketing teams to meet their data visualization and presentation needs.

  • Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Sensory Science, or a related field is preferred.
  • Previous experience in sensory testing, product evaluation, or quality control within the food industry is a plus.
  • Strong analytical and data interpretation skills.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and record-keeping skills.
  • Be extremely self driven and resourceful, able to complete tasks and projects and manage one's time effectively and efficiently.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word).
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to effectively convey findings and recommendations