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Product Guidance Descriptive Panel Leader

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Atlanta, GA - USA
  • Post Date: 11/1/2018
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
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Job ID: R-16095

Position Overview:

This position leads the descriptive sensory analysis program. Specifically, the scientist partners with project requestors to understand project objectives, timeline, and expected deliverables. The incumbent then determines appropriate research methodologies, coordinate test execution with technician, train and moderate the descriptive analysis panel, interpret results and provide recommendations working collaboratively with senior members of Product Guidance to advance business priorities. This position is responsible for monitoring descriptive panel performance and communicate them quarterly to management along with descriptive project key learnings.

Function Specific Activities:

  • Solid working knowledge of sensory and consumer testing techniques and principles including descriptive analysis (DA), discrimination and acceptability methods. Experience leading DA panels is a plus.
  • Demonstrates working knowledge in performing statistical analysis of sensory descriptive data and assessing panel performance. Working knowledge in the appropriate use of statistical techniques to analyze and interpret consumer data (including parametric and non-parametric methods, ANOVA, and modeling tools). General understanding of the use of experimental designs.
  • Demonstrates high attention to detail, hands-on mind-set, effective time management, pro-active disposition and be a flexible team player.
  • Effective planning and project management skills.
  • Working experience with automated sensory data collection systems
  • General understanding of when methodologies need to be created or modified for unique project needs.
  • General understanding of importance and basic principles of data and intellectual property management.
  • Good communication skills including ability to write concise, informative reports and verbally present complex technical information to non-technical audiences. Ability to listen and identify project objective and influence research plan. Experience in moderating group discussions.
  • Demonstrated passion, flexibility and excitement for the work.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science or equivalent with either a major in sensory science, behavioral psychology or applied statistics.  Advance degree, a plus.

Related Work Experience:  

  • Prefer 2-3 years of work experience with BS degree.

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience:

2-3 Years Experience

Leadership Behaviors:

  • DRIVE INNOVATION: Generate new or unique solutions and embrace new ideas that help sustain our business(encompassing everything from continuous improvement to new product and package innovation). 
  • COLLABORATE WITH SYSTEM, CUSTOMERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS: Develop and leverage relationships with stakeholders to approximately stretch and impact the System (Company and Bottler).
  • ACT LIKE AN OWNER: Deliver results, creating value for our Brands, our System, our customers, and key stakeholders. 
  • INSPIRE OTHERS: Inspire people to deliver our mission and 2020 Vision, demonstrate passion for the business and give people a reason to believe anything is possible. 
  • DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS: Develop self and support others' development to achieve full potential. 

Growth Behaviors:

  • GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
  • SMART RISK: Makes bold decisions/recommendations.
  • EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
  • PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards. Outperforms her/his peers.
  • FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Experiments and adapts. Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
  • EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Apply
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