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Sensory Technologist

Date: 06-May-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3194

Company: Simplot

Simplot Australia is a food manufacturing and agriculture business encompassing potato, vegetable, seafood, and sauce operations that supply chilled, frozen, and shelf-stable products to Australia's major retail and foodservice markets.


We are home to some of Australia's most loved and trusted food brands, including Birds Eye, Edgell, Leggo's, John West, and Chiko. We have six Australian manufacturing sites and employ more than 2,000 people across Australia and New Zealand.


As a leading provider of quality, nourishing and sustainable food, we are focussed on bringing to life Aussie grown produce. We embrace sustainable practices that care for our planet's precious resources today and for generations to come. We are an integral part of the global JR Simplot Company.

Culture and Benefits


At Simplot, we are fuelled by our purpose: We Contribute to Feeding Our World. We imagine a better future and set goals to reach it. We are committed to working as one Simplot and are guided by our shared values: 


  • Respect for Resources
  • Spirit of Innovation
  • Passion for People


The safety and wellbeing of our people, contractors, and communities are priorities for us, which is why we require any new starter to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work with us. 


We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We care about creating an environment that promotes safety and wellbeing and where our people feel supported, respected and empowered. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and are committed to providing equal opportunities for all our team members.


Simplot is passionate about cultivating a future where good ideas and inspiring possibilities have the chance to grow. We want our team members to build exciting and fulfilling careers with us and offer professional and personal growth opportunities.

The Perks


  • Flexible working arrangements and a variety of engaging Health and Wellbeing programs
  • Diverse Leadership Development Programs and Professional Development Support
  • Employee Reward and Recognition Program 
  • Bonus incentives 
  • Discounted Health Insurance and Gym Memberships
  • Sensory Club Program – Enjoy and taste our new product launches and access to our Culinary cooking sessions
  • Novated Car Leasing Agreements
  • Income Protection Insurance 
  • Opportunity to purchase additional annual leave 

About our role


  • Accelerate your career in our Sensory team, working within a supporting team environment
  • Drive the process of sensory & consumer science research 
  • Provide direction to New Product Innovation (NPI or NPD) and Non-NPI (NPD) teams 
  • Reporting directly into the Sensory Science Team Leader

What will you do


  • Design and participate in Front End Innovation Sensory & Consumer Science methodologies to capture the Voice of Consumer
  • Work with team to develop and expand our external Product Review Club. 
  • Represent Sensory & Consumer Science team on allocated New Product Innovation (NPD) projects and maintain records
  • Manage and maintain allocated sensory research briefs. Plan and carry out pre-sensory planning (PSP) for sensory evaluations
  • Provide research design, develop and finalise questionnaires, analyse (statistical analysis), interpret and report findings for in-house and external sensory research, seeking team leader’s review
  • Maintain accurate and compliant technical and data information
  • Use own knowledge and guidance from Team Leader to provide sensory & consumer science expertise, advice and service to the business
  • Ensure food safety is validated prior to serving the products to respondents for sensory evaluation
  • Ensure compliance with OH&S requirements. Sensory panel management – including accurate recruitment/filtering of panellists for each research. 
  • Comprehend sensory & consumer science project research objectives and fulfil expectations of key stakeholders
  • Identifying innovative opportunities and keep abreast of new technologies, emerging trends in sensory research.
  • Communication and escalation of project progress/issues to sponsors and other stakeholders i.e. project milestones, road blocks

About you


  • Previous experience within Sensory & Consumer Science research in food industry.
  • Preferably some experience in statistical analysis using sensory statistical programs preferably XLStat
  • Some experience with EyeQuestion and EyeContact software would be  preferable, however not essential
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written. 
  • Accurate, with good attention to detail and organised 
  • Food Safety / HACCP 
  • Labelling and Food Standards Code
  • Tertiary qualifications in Sensory & Consumer Science, Food Science / Technology, Applied Science or a related discipline


If this sounds like you, then please apply online now! Applications close on 20th May 2022.

Job Requisition ID: 9251 

Travel Required: None 

Location(s): Chifley Business Park Office - Melbourne 

Country: Australia 


Simplot is an equal opportunity employer and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. If you feel you would be a great addition to our team please apply online today, we would love to hear from you. If you require technical assistance, please email us at