Sensory Analyst



Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, November 17, 2023

The Sensory Analyst will be responsible and accountable for leading sensory evaluations across the company’s beverage portfolio, maintaining the entire retain library, recruiting and training internal sensory panelists and collecting, synthesizing and archiving data as it relates to sensory evaluations. Responsibilities include:

  • Independently managing the Spindrift sensory program by overseeing onboarding and training of panelists, product retain tastings onsite, raw material evaluations, and standard production retains
  • Independently managing the Product Retain Library to ensure it is neatly organized at all times, including maintaining an orderly process of receiving/processing product retains into the library upon arrival and the disposal/removal of out-of-date code samples
  • Being accountable for sensory program documentation and reporting, including Quality System sensory data management
  • Development and management of co-packer onsite sensory training. To include but not limited to: training of key personnel on site at all existing and future co-packer locations in sensory aspects of Spindrift raw materials and finished product
  • Collaborating with various teams within operations on the following activities:
  1. Finished product releases as needed, including review of finished micro reports and sensory evaluations
  2. Production holds as needed, including performing sensory evaluations on finished product and communicating results to relevant parties
  3. Onboarding and qualification of new suppliers, including performing required sensory evaluation of raw materials to determine acceptability for use
  4. Mock recalls internally and with suppliers/co-packers as required
  5. Innovation initiatives, including but not limited to overseeing raw material sensory evaluations, bench blend preparations and packaging reviews
  • A minimum of 1-3 years of food safety experience, with experience in HACCP, GMP, USDA, or FDA preferred
  • A minimum of 1 year sensory panel management in the beverage industry; a minimum of 2-5 years sensory panel experience in food/beverage industry
  • Previous experience with SQF, ISO, GFCO, and/or FDA audits desirable
  • Works unsupervised and manages independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and considers no task too small nor too large
  • Identifies and resolves problems independently and with sound judgment
  • Consistently demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness and dependability
  • Establishes and maintains effective channels of communications with internal and external contacts
  • Adjusts tasks and focus in accordance with changing deadlines and priorities
  • Available to travel up to 25%

In addition to the salary range for this position ($65K - $75K), Spindrift offers the following compensation and benefits:

  • short-term and long-term incentive programs specific to level and department
  • medical, dental, and vision insurance, with a current employer contribution rate of 80% towards monthly premiums, regardless of plan type selected
  • Company-paid life insurance and a 401k retirement savings plan
  • Monthly cell phone allowance
  • Annual allowances for personal use of Spindrift product, health and wellness, professional development, and social justice education
  • A host of voluntary benefits including but not limited to additional life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance, pet insurance, commuter benefits, etc.
  • In addition to any paid leave benefits required by regulation, the company provides paid parental leave, vacation, sick, personal, bereavement, community service, and holiday time