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Technician, Senior Sensory

Constellation Brands

Acampo, CA

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Job Description

The Sr Sensory Technician will report to the Sensory Operations Manager and will support Constellation Brands, Inc. (CBI) sensory initiatives by leading sensory panel testing using descriptive and discrimination methodologies, supporting panelist training, analyzing sensory data, and creating reports. The position is responsible for optimizing panel operations with minimum supervision, including creation of systems to improve efficiencies and data accuracy.

* Apply knowledge of sensory evaluation methods and principles to lead sensory panel testing under the Sensory Operations Manager
* Responsible for test preparation of alcoholic beverage for sensory panels to include product labeling, dispensing of samples, set-up, and clean-up during and after sessions
* Monitor evaluation sessions, ensuring accurate procedures are always followed
* Manage inventory and ensure adequate supplies at all times; procure necessary supplies as needed
* Establish, maintain, and inspire trust with sensory panels; keep panels highly motivated
* Implement sensory testing (Descriptive and Discrimination) focusing on panel training, panel motivation and data collection. Effectively communicate (verbally and written) results to supervisor in a timely manner
* Assist Sensory Project Manager with analyzing data and creating reports
* Critical thinking to recommend and implement improvements in data acquisition, performance monitoring, quality systems, laboratory operations and methodology, integrating state of the art methods from packaged goods industry into the Constellation Brands Inc.'s business
* Assist with sensory testing planning including scheduling, time frames, resource needs, and determination of appropriate methods for accomplishing projects; oversee and assist technician(s) as needed for test set-up and breakdown
* Assist with building and maintaining panelist pool (recruitment, screening, training, and panelist performance monitoring). Establish, maintain, and inspire trust with sensory panels; apply strong facilitation skills to keep panels highly motivated
* Program data collection software and assist with basic statistical analyses
* Responsible for understanding and complying with applicable quality, environmental and safety regulatory considerations
* Must maintain satisfactory attendance, to include timeliness
* This job description reflects management's assessment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned

Minimum Qualifications
* Bachelor's degree in Food Science or Experimental Psychology with Sensory emphasis
* 3+ years experience in food/consumer products
* Experience in quantitative and qualitative sensory testing
* Experience in sensory physiology, panel selection, and training
* Skilled in the use of sensory data collection software like SIMs, Fizz, Compusense, MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint at an intermediate level; experience with using Statistical Analysis Software (e.g. SAS, SPSS)
* Strong verbal and written communication skills - highly articulate, strong technical writing skills
* Statistics - basic analyses and experimental design
* Strong planning and organizational skills
* Excellent interpersonal and team skills, which foster working relationships throughout CBI and outside groups.

Preferred Qualifications
* Master's degree in Sensory Science
* Knowledge of sensory testing hardware and software application tools
* Experience in leading sensory evaluation panels

Physical Requirements/Work Environment
* Must be at least 21 years of age. Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and work on a computer for extended periods. Lifting may be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
* Work Environment:
+ Works outdoors/indoors
+ Works in warm/cold climates
+ Works in high places
+ Works on wet surfaces
+ Is exposed to loud noise, fumes and/or toxic chemicals
+ Works near moving, mechanical parts and lift truck traffic
+ Must be able to move up to 55 lbs
+ Primary office environment may be warehouse/distribution setting
* Travel required approximately 10% of the time

Acampo, California

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Job Type
Full time

Job Area
Operations and Production

Equal Opportunity

Constellation Brands is committed to a continuing program of equal employment opportunity. All persons have equal employment opportunities with Constellation Brands, regardless of their sex, race, color, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), marital status, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), familial status, military or veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related conditions (or any other group or category within the framework of the applicable discrimination laws and regulations).

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Job Posted:
Friday, September 25th
Type of Work:
Full Time
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