Sensory Scientist

Location Netherlands
– Zwolle Category Research & Development

At Abbott, we’re committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health.

For more than 125 years, we’ve brought new products and technologies to the world –
– in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals –
– that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life.

Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

In Zwolle a R&D Center is situated for product development.

For expansion of the Sensory & Flavor technology team, we are recruiting a

Sensory Scientist

The sensory scientist will be part of the global R&D organization and will be based in Zwolle, The Netherlands.

We are looking for a candidate with a broad interest in infant and medical nutrition product development and consumer research.

The role will report into the Manager EU Sensory & Flavor technology, works in close cooperation with the Flavor and Sensory Scientists in Zwolle, Columbus (USA) and Singapore.

Responsible for sensory analyses of products manufactured and/or developed in EU as well as support commercial area in this field.

Lead sensory testing in the EU region with both the descriptive sensory panels within Abbott EU R&D and internal and external consumer panels and report subsequently.

Serve as a sensory expert in EU and MENAP region (descriptive and consumer) on project teams.

Provide strategic leadership in recommending and executing sensory testing (descriptive and consumer).

Gather sensory trend information and translate into sensory strategy to brand teams.

Identify ideal/target sensory profile for the Abbott Nutrition product concepts using competitor product and market product category review from internal sensory department or external industry partners.

Lead and participate in professionally-trained panels (descriptive panels) including responsibility for reporting and interpreting data generated by the descriptive panels.

Initiate and coordinate external consumer testing programs including interpreting and reporting data generated by the external partners

Lead special sensory projects.

Work effectively with external consultants / contract labs.

Responsible for training program to regional R&D, Plant, TPM personnel in sensory techniques and organize new descriptive panelists training.

Contribute to base product organoleptic improvement research projects.

Actively participate in tasting sessions of flavor development proposals.

Educational background and Work Experience

MS Food Science (specialization in Sensory science is preferred) or related scientific field
or BS in Food Science/Chemistry with 5+ years progressive and practical related experience sufficient to demonstrate equivalency

No taste or smell dysfunctions or food allergies restrictions.

Experience with descriptive analyses, qualitative and quantitative methodological consumer research

Experience in interpretation of sensory data

Ability to serve multiple clients and adapt to various working styles

Excellent communication skills (verbal and in writing)

Be able to prioritize workload and meet challenging deadlines

Minimal 5 year experience in a similar function

Travel up to 10-15% of the time

What can we offer you?

Abbott provides a varied, challenging and international position in a dynamic and pleasant working environment.

In our organization, you can count on excellent primary and secondary benefits, a positive working atmosphere, a personal growth plan, extensive training opportunities and good career perspective.

We are in the business of advancement, both in health solutions and in the lives and careers of our employees.

Our work across the world and in many areas of healthcare provides a rich environment for our employees to explore career paths, interests and opportunities.

How to apply?

If you are appealed by Abbott, looking for a job with meaning and recognize yourself in the outlined profile, please make your interest known.

You can apply via our website ( ) with your resume and letter of application.

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Job Id 31003611 Location Netherlands
– Zwolle Medical surveillance No Division ANRD Nutrition Research & Development Travel Not specified Additional Location Significant work activities Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)



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