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Sensory Specialist in Milwaukee, WI at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 11/27/2018

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Job Description

Sensory Specialist

Milwaukee, WI

First Shift: Mon-Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm (1 hour lunch)

Job Summary:

  • Plans and conducts sensory panel evaluations on products, raw materials and in-process materials per quality system requirements. Interprets, evaluates, and reports the analyses in terms of accuracy and precision.
  • Manages the recruitment, training and validation of taste panelists.
  • Performs a variety of sensory methods including qualitative tests, difference tests and descriptive tests for monitoring and ensuring the quality of products.
  • Links sensory results with a basic understanding of brewing and packaging.
  • Partners with quality specialists and process leaders to enable and drive continuous and focused improvement to reduce variability in each process area as related to the flavor of in-process or package product.


Plans, Conducts, and Evaluates Sensory Analysis

  • Plans and conducts sensory analysis on products, raw materials and in process materials.
  • Evaluates and selects appropriate sensory procedures.
  • Selects and performs appropriate statistical analyses.
  • Maintains up-to-date and accurate sensory records.
  • Performs basic analytical and microbiological analyses as needed.

Leads Sensory Panel and Participation and Training

  • Recruits and trains new panelists and provides on-going training to existing panelists.
  • Develops and conducts appropriate training procedures.
  • Coordinates taster validation.
  • Evaluates panelist’s performance.



  • BS in Food science or a biological science PLUS 1 year of customer service (server, bartender, etc.

Preferred Experience:

  • Level One: Beer Server from Cicerone Certification Program

  • BS or BA in a science related field of study (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cereal Science, Microbiology, Food Science, Agronomy, Chemical Engineering preferred) or extensive sensory/brewing experience
  • Advanced degree or certificate in sensory, brewing or quality related processes (e.g. IBD, CQE, UC Davis Sensory & Consumer Science Certificate Program)
  • Two (2) or more years experience in quality related processes or science experience in a food processing or beverage facility with sensory analysis experience
  • Demonstrated use of advanced problem solving tools
  • Broad knowledge of the principles and techniques of sensory evaluation of beverages and foods as they apply to brewing or related fields
  • Advanced knowledge of statistical methods and computers
  • Ability to conduct panelist training and performance evaluation procedures
  • Ability to moderate focus groups/round table evaluations
  • Understanding of the brewing process preferred
  • Knowledge of beer flavor and off flavor development a plus
  • Thorough knowledge of quality systems
  • Advanced knowledge of continuous improvement concepts
  • Knowledge transfer and technical training skills across all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated basic leadership skills; leads and owns testing programs
  • Ability and willingness to work a rotating shift operation, weekends and holidays as necessary to support production requirements
  • Must exhibit the flexibility needed to respond to frequent changes in production requirements

EEO Employer

Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at 844-463-6178.