Sensory Panel Manager/Coordinator (Cork, Ireland)

Are you passionate about sensory analysis and panel management?
Do you want to develop your career in an international company with a multicultural environment working with the biggest local and global organizations in FMCG? If so, SAM has the right opportunity for you!

SAM is the leading international sensory and consumer research company specializing in food, beverages, cosmetics, personal care, and other consumer products. We have 19 proprietary state-of-the-art facilities across France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, Morocco, China and the USA, and cover more than 65 countries through our network of approved partners.
SAM provides tailor-made solutions, delivering actionable guidelines to make our clients’ brands and products memorable

Your responsibilities:

As a Panel Manager/Coordinator, you will be working onsite at our client’s R&D facility in Cork, Ireland. As the first point of contact for our client’s R&D team, you will be responsible for panel, project and lab management. Your responsibilities include but are not limited to …

  • Scheduling of all panels, ensuring a minimum turn-around time of sample results.  
  • Panel recruitment, training, performance & maintenance.  
  • Creating project research plans including proposed methodologies. 
  • Signing off technician’s reports and prepare more complex data set/method reports.  
  • Collaborating with the client’s sensory team on final interpretation/recommendation/ report requirements.
  • Coaching & development of panel leaders/technicians, helping them to advance and expand their capabilities.
  • Implementing new sensory methods (incl. training for technicians).
  • Ensuring that our client’s Quality Management System requirements are adhered to.  
  • Ensuring that panelists stay motivated through performance feedback. 
  • Leading initiatives for efficiency and sustainability through participating in the Green Lab Certification process.

SAM Offer

  • A full-time job onsite at our client’s state-of-the-art sensory facility.
  • A competitive salary plus additional benefits.
  • An exciting job profile covering a diverse range of tasks – organizational, conceptual and analytical.
  • The most competent, creative and fun team in the industry as colleagues to work with.

Your Profile

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a Sensory-related study program
  • Deep knowledge of sensory approach and statistics applied to sensory
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Confident communicator in English, both spoken and written
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and sensory software
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional and intercultural environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Open-minded, easy to connect and creative mindset
  • Analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changes in real-time and meet timelines
  • Agile mindset and oroblem-solving attitude

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