Looking to grow and develop your career and skills in Sensory Research? Then this may be the opportunity you are looking for...
We’re searching for a Trainee Panel Leader to build their career here at MMR.
MMR is an independent, global consumer and sensory research agency specialising in food, drink, personal and household care research. This means that when you join us, you’ll have the chance to work with well-known brands to help create, shape and develop products and packs.
We’re global leaders, guiding innovation for our clients – partnering with over 50% of the top 100 global food and drink brands. Our head office is in a beautiful 18th century barn in Wallingford - a picturesque village in between Oxford and Reading. We also have offices in London, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Durban.
Our team of over 280 highly engaged, multi-disciplined employees are primarily dynamic research professionals, sensory experts and data scientists. We’re a diverse bunch, with backgrounds in R&D, insight, marketing, sensory science, data sciences and psychology.
The successful individual will support the Sensory Panel Manager, ensuring the smooth running of the panel sessions, and assisting in their day-to-day management. You will develop the necessary skills to lead panel sessions, to create, proposals, write client
reports efficiently, and become a proficient Panel Leader. The role is based in our Sensory Science Centre,
on the Reading University Campus.
Full training will be provided.
The role includes:
Panel LeadingPanel leading - helping to run panel sessions as you learn the skills required to lead the panel independently. This includes moderating, performance tracking and creating descriptive language glossariesProviding cover for our other sensory panels (including for other MMR Sensory Panel Leaders when trained) when required. This may be in other UK locationsRunning recruitment screening sessions, making up screening solutions/products, screening and interviewing, and helping train new panelists to the required standardsAssisting in the management of the panels schedule, ensuring that the results are delivered in a timely manner to clientsTaking responsibility for the daily running of the Sensory Panels to ensurethe ultimate objective of meeting the clients’ requirements
Proposal and Report WritingCreating engaging proposals (from timing, cost and design) and reports for clients in Excel and PowerPointLiaising with our Indian based MMR Project Support teams, sending out data for charting and checking the resultant charts. This includes planning and coordinating data being sent to MMR’s statistical team and then out to IndiaAnalysing training check data, develop retraining plans and ensure robust dataEnsuring that ALL projects files are saved on the MMR shared drivesEnsuring that every project has an accurate briefing document (Sensory Project Request or Sensory Project Control Sheet) and that this is received before a project starts
Other responsibilities will include:Assisting the Panel Manager in all aspects of running the Sensory Panel, including arranging the weekly planning meetingTaking responsibility for the creation and checking of Compusense @hand files, enabling all elements of SSC work to be programmed into the software, and managing all issues generated by @handsBeing responsible for sourcing and managing the delivery of products for research to the SSC, for checking that all of the products required are ready for research and ensuring that they are inventoried on arrival and stored correctly. This includes storing and preparing samples for both training and profiling sessionsPreparing samples/materials for panel training and profilingRunning profiling sessions in the booths including preparation of all materials and samples, serving of samples, data collection and cleaning the booths afterwardsMonitoring the quality of food samples and test procedure and ensure appropriate records are maintained (including temperature logs for freezers/fridges, cooking logs, inventory logs with BB/Use by dates etc.)Ensuring the Sensory Panel working area is prepared appropriately in good time for each session and cleared/cleaned afterEnsuring that all activities carried out comply with basic food hygiene standards in order to work safely within the laboratory. Basic food hygiene training will be provided.
With MMR’s focus on developing new and better research methods and sophisticated analysis techniques, there's the opportunity to gain experience of several novel and exciting approaches to conducting research and interpreting data.
You will be:A strong team player –able to maintain open and honest relationships colleagues building trust and confidence. You will need to be able to work well both independently and as part of a teamA self-starter who likes to take initiatives and demonstrates flexibility in a dynamic environment (including flexibility in time worked) A self-manager - able to switch between tasks according to business needs, coping with changing priorities and keeping the Assistant Panel Leaders and the Sensory Manager informed of possible issues. Your exeptional organizational and time management skills and ability to multi-task will enable you to both prioritize your own workload and implement effective administrative processes.In possession of excellent interpersonal and communication skills (fluent in written / spoken English is critical)
You will have:A real passion for working in sensory research Logical, analytical mindNatural passion for seeking out the most effective and efficient ways of working and being prepared to speak up about your ideas Great attention to detail – should be able to check own work and others’ work for inconsistencies and take the necessary action to rectify any errors/problemsAn aptitude for food preparation with limited supervision needed A level of computer literacy – be competent in Word, Excel and email. Training will be given in the relevant software packagesA Bachelor’s degree, ideally in a relevant field, such as Food Science, Sensory Science, Experimental Psychology and SociologyIdeally you'll have some experience of working with expert trained sensory panels or have moderated qualitative groups
We will be able to train you in the following:Foundation in sensory Principles (MMR/IFST or US IFT) Basic Food Hygiene qualification
Your Career Path:
Promotion to panel leader requires regular demonstration of the following skills.Creating reports independentlyComplete self-management of the panelsGeneration of timelines and planning of sensory projectsSelf-sufficiency in designing and planning projects including the development of assessment protocols and sensory lexiconsAbility to conduct consensus profiling, discrimination tests and other sensory techniquesAbility to management problems when they ariseAbility to manage Compusense @hand enabling all elements of SSC work to be programmed into the software and management of all the problems generated by @handRun and interpret taste testsAbility to plan in recruitment and organize recruitmentInteraction with the US Sensory and Consumer teams as one of our sensory experts, and with Global Sensory team for efficient information management and high consistency of sensory operations globallyThe planning and conduct of panelist’s screening, performance monitoring, tracking, feedback and trainingDemonstrative ability to interpret and report on taste test results and panel performance reports
Interested? Please apply here!
MMR offers an open, diverse and non-hierarchical environment, where bespoke MMR Academy training is offered at every level. We also offer exciting secondment opportunities at our other global locations, as well as a selection of fantastic employee benefits.
MMR delivers a class leading set of marketing science tools and approaches, many of which are proprietary to MMR. We are endorsed by our global client base for our agility, technical expertise and willingness to adapt research solutions to directly focus on specific client challenges. We’ve built a reputation of providing innovative statistical analysis and techniques, coupled with optimal research design consultancy, that successfully delivers against our clients’ specific business objectives.
MMR is an Equal Opportunity employer