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Sensory panel leader

Vacaturenummer: A2200063
DSM Food Specialties BV - Delft (Nederland)

For our client, DSM Food Specialties BV, we are looking for a Sensory panel leader.


  • B.Sc.
  • Food
  • Sensory panel
  • EyeQuestion software

As a sensory panel leader you are expected to:
  • Translate business needs into proposals for sensory studies;
  • Design, prepare and conduct sensory experiments from start to finish;
  • Supervise the sensory panels. This includes training and maintenance of panels, leading the sensory sessions, preparing and collecting data using specialised sensory software (EyeQuestion) and securing adherence to good sensory practice standards;
  • Determine the best way to analyse the data using appropriate software, preparing reports and give recommendation on follow-up work;
  • In parallel, coach and organise sessions for informal project team tastings.
The results of the panel tests are contributing to R&D projects, sample release of production samples and other business requests.

Who we're looking for
You have a B.Sc. or equivalent degree in one of the following areas: Food & Business, Food Technology or Nutrition. You have affinity and experience with working in the sensory work field (at least 1 year). Preferably, you have experience using sensory specialised software, preferably EyeQuestion and have basic knowledge of statistics. Ideally, you also have the ‘NIMA/MOA sensorisch onderzoeker B’ degree or previous experience working with sensory panels.
We are looking for someone with plenty of initiative to maintain and develop the sensory panels, a person who likes to learn, is a team player and has good communication capabilities (Dutch and English). As a professional you are eager to use the experiences of fellow professionals in the sensory and product development competence area, have customer focus and you are open to share knowledge with your colleagues.
Your personality characteristics include result driven and flexible. You use your expertise to create business-relevant research proposals, while your communication skills facilitate the translation of your results into project impact for our business.

Company profile
At DSM our purpose is to create brighter lives for all. That’s why in Food & Beverage, we strive to achieve a world where you don’t have to choose between taste, texture and health. While also reducing both demands on the planet’s finite natural resources and our carbon footprint. DSM Food and Beverage (F&B) is a leading global supplier of food enzymes, cultures, taste and health ingredients and other specialties. DSM F&B supplies to many of the leading global and local food brands.

The DSM Center for Food Innovation (CFI) is a primary location for biotechnology-driven research and development in food at DSM and it is responsible for realisation of biotech innovations, developments of new products and implementation of cost-effective production processes. Over a hundred scientists and technicians are committed to projects dealing with innovation, process improvement and technology development. They build on more than a hundred years’ experience in biotechnology.
CFI successfully strives to be optimally connected to external scientific networks, supporting and co-creating DSM’s Bright Science image and agenda for a sustainable world.

The Sensory group of CFI consists of a sensory scientist, two panel leaders and a test leader, who all work closely together. The team is involved in projects related to different business segments such as Savory, Dairy, Baking, Meat Alternatives.

Additional vacancy information
Contract:Temporary contract with CLS Services
Employment terms:Salary: 3000 - 3700
Days of leave: 25
See here our other employment terms for this vacancy
Project for at least 1 year
Publication date:3-5-2022
Location:View location with Google Maps
Contactperson:Jan Paul Favier
+31 (0)88 22 77 555

CLS Services is a leading professional recruitment agency, specialised in the recruitment and career coaching of people with a background in chemistry & life sciences.