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Sensory & Consumer Science Assistant, McCormick Australia


It's an exciting time to be in APZ - McCormick's growth region. Our business here is transforming in remarkable ways. From the rice and spice fields of India and South East Asia to Australia's herb farms, our mosaic of rich distinct cultures inspires the boldest of flavours.  Our headquarters and TIC in Singapore, along with our new and transformed facilities in Thailand, India and Australia are powering our regional growth ambitions. Here you'll find a culture that celebrates the best of both; the energy of and pulse of a startup and the solid legacy of our McCormick brand.  We're a region on the rise - bold, committed and hungry - so only changemakers need apply!


McCormick’s Passion for Flavour is brought to life through our consumer brands and through some of the most recognised Quick service restaurants both here in Australia and globally.  This 12 month contract role will report to the Sensory & Consumer Science Manager (APZ) and be responsible for all trained panelist programs and assist with consumer data to ensure we put the the voice of the consumer at the centre of everything we do.  The ideal candidate will have a degree in the Food Science field and will have an appetite for learning, a can-do attitude, and a passion for food and flavour. 


Our Company 


What if there was a company who puts people first - people who take what they do seriously, but not themselves?  People who strive for excellence, have a great attitude, care for the safety of each other and our consumers, people who are innovative and lead by example - because these are the values necessary for a successful career with McCormick Australia. 


McCormick’s Passion for Flavour is brought to life through our consumer brands Gourmet Garden, Keen’s, Aeroplane, French’s and Frank’s. But more than this, we are passionate about our people and our supportive, high performance culture - that’s what it takes to build Australia’s Leading Flavour Company! 


Role Responsibilities   


  • Responsible for sample preparation, set-up, data analysis and report writing on all projects where sensory & end user consumer data is required to provide actionable product development guidance

  • Collecting consumer insights for our consumer and customers businesses to assist with new product development pipeline activity

  • Developing relationships with product development, culinary, flavour solutions account managers & brand managers 

  • Conducts, and manages trained panelist programs by leading training for new & current employees with the implementation of best practice sensory methodology

  • Assists with recruiting and report & presentation writing for quantitative and qualitative methods. including category growth team, online focus groups, home use tests and central location testing

  • Responsible for maintaining a high standard of housekeeping in the sensory laboratory and ordering of supplies


Technical Skills & Experience Required    


  • Qualifications ideally in Food science and up to 2 years lab or related food experience

  • Experience within the Microsoft Office suite essential and in addition online survey and sensory software (i.e. Compusense, Survey Monkey) experience is desirable 

  • Strong communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal) with the ability to build rapport across all areas of the business, including stakeholders and customers

  • You can demonstrate confidence and the ability to present to key stakeholders and train employees

  • Ability to prioritize and work with minimum supervision, under pressure while performing multiple priorities  

  • You will be a highly motivated, team player who enjoys working collaboratively with a strong attention to detail 


Our ambitions are bold. If you are a change-maker with a passion for flavour and an appetite for a good challenge, come have a seat at our table.  Please email your resume and a cover letter.  Your application will be treated in strict confidence.


We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  If you are a qualified applicant, you will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Note: We will not accept unsolicited CVs from recruitment agencies/third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV’s sent directly to line managers at McCormick. 


United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.