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Sensory Manager


Location: Haddenham

Type of contract: fixed term contract for 12 months



  • Manage the Descriptive Programme for the EMEA region and act as panel leader, managing the day to day responsibilities and priorities, including scheduling of test requirements with Project Managers (Screening and recruitment of employee panels, Management of Discrimination Testing Programme, Lead the execution of shelf-life related activities in collaboration with R&D).

  • Advise on correct methodologies to meet project objectives of internal and external customers.

  • Ensure data quality and panel performance always meets highest standards and best practices and results are provided to stakeholders in a timely manner.

  • Line-management of sensory technician to ensure business needs are met

  • Work collaboratively with global team for methodology alignment to ease internal and external customers communication (global reference library, global descriptive profiling method, etc.).

  • Ensure that best practices are met, and training and coaching is provided regarding any R&D Sensory activities managed locally across EMEA.

  • Actively drive research to develop and implement new methodologies to demonstrate thought leadership internally and externally and provide agility in data harvesting.

  • Compile scientific sensory reports on objective(s), methodologies, and actionable results. Present in appropriate format to stakeholders.

  • Manage the hygiene requirements and maintenance of lab environment.

  • Manage sample storage as well as lab supplies.



  • Degree Level in Sensory Science, Food Science or related discipline.

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field with a Sensory/Consumer Science focus.

  • Demonstrable experience in Sensory & Consumer Science in a FMCG environment.

  • Strong panel leading skills, confident in applying multiple methods to support R&D activities with actionable sensory data insights.

  • Strong statistical skills, e.g. multi-variant analysis, analysis of variance, distribution analysis, design of experiments, etc.

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.

  • Be able to proactively develop Sensory Insights to drive competitive advantage.

  • Excellent people skills, being able to influence across different levels of stakeholders across business units and functions.

  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.

  • Flexible/Adaptable - able to be effective in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to develop research proposals to business needs.

  • Ability to prioritize and meeting tight timelines.

  • Flexible approach to manage changing business priorities

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

  • Enthusiastic about food.

  • Previous experience of using Compusense @Hand software and XLStat, or alternative analysis software.

  • Fully operational in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).



At McCormick, we bring our passion for flavor to work each day. We encourage growth, respect everyone's contributions and do what's right for our business, our people, our communities and our planet.  Join us on our quest to make every meal and moment better.


Founded in Baltimore, MD in 1889 in a room and a cellar by 25-year-old Willoughby McCormick with three employees, McCormick is a global leader in flavour. With 11,000 employees around the world and more than $5 Billion in annual sales., the Company manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavourful products to the entire food industry, retail outlets, food manufactures, food service businesses and consumers.


While our global headquarters are in the Baltimore, Maryland, USA area, McCormick operates and serves customers from nearly 50 locations in 27 countries and 135 markets in Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the Americas, including North, South and Central America with recognized brands including Shwartz.  


At McCormick, we have over a 100-year legacy based on our “Power of People” principle.  This principle fosters an unusually dedicated workforce requiring a culture of respect, recognition, inclusion and collaboration based on the highest ethical values.



If you are looking for a new challenge and want to join a highly motivated team in a rewarding environment, seeking a competitive salary and benefits package and opportunity to work with a global flavour leader. Then please apply via our careers centre at (job req. n°100261)


Agencies: McCormick as needed will work with external recruitment vendors through our Agency Portal. Unless previously contacted, McCormick does not accept unsolicited resumes from external recruiting agencies.


McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies.






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.