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Whole Foods Market Sensory Analyst in Austin, Texas

Job Description

General Summary of Position

The Sensory Analyst supports Exclusive Brand research and development, quality assurance, compliance and marketing. This position is responsible for executing Whole Foods Market’s sensory panels and works with internal stakeholders to provide timely, actionable results that are used to make business decisions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and lead internal descriptive analysis panels and/or employee acceptance panels

  • Manage existing panels including scheduling panelists and tracking attendance

  • Review and perform data entry ensuring accuracy and logical consistency

  • Prepare products and references as necessary for sensory evaluation and training

  • Plan and execute employee acceptance testing including selecting sensory methods

  • Perform basic statistical analysis

  • Report findings from sensory panels to stakeholders

  • Work with sensory program manager to determine topics for monthly panel training sessions

  • Work with sensory program manager to maintain and update lexicons as needed

  • Assist in recruiting, screening, selecting, and training new panelists for sensory panels as needed

Requirements and Qualifications

  • BS Food Science, Sensory Science, Psychology or similar field. Advanced degree a plus.

  • 2 years’ experience working in the sensory science field

  • Must have knowledge of sensory science as it relates to consumer packaged goods products

  • Must be detail oriented and extremely organized

  • Must possess excellent communication skills and possess the ability drive consensus decisions among panel members

  • Must have computer proficiency and familiarity with most Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

  • Must have in-depth understanding of sensory science and related business processes


  • Descriptive analysis experience and panel leadership experience a plus

  • Consumer research experience a plus

  • Experience working with XLStat, Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, RedJade, Compusense a plus

  • A passion for food and strong culinary skills are a plus

  • General understanding of product development, manufacturing and commercialization a plus

  • Good typing skills and accuracy

  • Experience and familiarity with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems a plus

    At Whole Foods Market, we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all Team Members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.