Hormel Food Sales LLC HFC - Technician Sensory Lab - Research and Development (Austin, MN) in Austin, Minnesota
TECHNICIAN SENSORY LAB - RESEARCH and DEVELOPMENT RESPONSIBILITIES: The person in this position: * Implements and administers sensory and shelf-life testing of the various Hormel products. Tasks include scheduling sensory panels, setting up sensory tests in software and distributing samples to panelists. * Executes the sensory and shelf-life tests using complex procedures in a safe and sanitary manner. * Recruits employees and/or community members for sensory and shelf-life evaluation panels. Tasks include managing the panelist database, recruiting new panelists and recruiting panelists for sensory tests * Responsible for proper and safe operation and maintenance of all relevant equipment in the Sensory Lab. Tasks include maintaining panel booths and computers, securing and maintaining necessary supplies, and maintaining all relevant equipment in the sensory kitchen QUALIFICATIONS: Required * Demonstrates excellent communication and interpersonal skills. * Demonstrates use of strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently. * Demonstrates problem solving skills. * Demonstrates proficiency in the Microsoft Windows environment including Microsoft Office platform - Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. * Demonstrates proficiency in conducting virtual meetings like Microsoft Teams. * Capable of working several hours in a 38F cooler or for short periods of time in a 0F freezer. * Capable of standing for extended periods of time. * Capable of regularly lifting 20-30 lbs. and, on occasion, may lift up to 50 lbs. Preferred * Knowledge of the metric system, scientific aptitude and/or food science experience. * Basic computer skills including knowledge of spreadsheets, databases and/or other commonly used windows programs. * Knowledge of lab management and/or sensory software. * Servsafe certification * Capable of independent and group work. Hormel Foods Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.