Sensory Panel Manager / Coordinator
Location: Cork


Are you passionate about sensory analysis and panel management? Keen on working for a big global organization in FMCG? Excited about working in a multicultural environment with fantastic colleagues? If so, we have exactly the right opportunity for you!


Who we are

We are the leading international sensory and consumer research company specializing in food, beverages, cosmetics, personal care, and other consumer products.  We have 19 proprietary state-of-the-art facilities across France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, Morocco, China and the USA, and cover more than 65 countries through our network of approved partners.

SAM provides tailor-made solutions, delivering actionable guidelines to make our clients’ brands and products memorable.


SAM is a great place to work.

Join SAM to work with the most competent, creative, and fun team in the industry and let your work, opinions and ideas contribute to the future of sensory and consumer research.

Become your most extraordinary self with support and development throughout your career.


Best in class

Join our very diverse team of sensory scientists, food technologists, statisticians, psychologists, sociologists, strategic thinkers, marketeers, field managers, technicians and other sensory and research experienced colleagues.


We're proud to be part of the Eurofins Group

World-leader in Testing for Life. With about 61 000 employees, Eurofins is a global leader in testing services and over the last 20 years has been one of the fastest growing companies in the world, thanks to its innovation in technology and service.



As a Panel Manager/Coordinator, you will be working onsite at our client’s R&D facility in Cork, Ireland. As the first point of contact for our client’s R&D team, you will be responsible for panel, project and lab management.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to …

  • Scheduling of all panels, ensuring a minimum turn-around time of sample results.  
  • Panel recruitment, training, performance & maintenance.  
  • Creating project research plans including proposed methodologies. 
  • Signing off technician’s reports and prepare more complex data set/method reports.  
  • Collaborating with the client’s sensory team on final interpretation/recommendation/ report requirements.
  • Coaching & development of panel leaders/technicians, helping them to advance and expand their capabilities.
  • Implementing new sensory methods (incl. training for technicians).
  • Ensuring that our client’s Quality Management System requirements are adhered to.  
  • Ensuring that panelists stay motivated through performance feedback. 
  • Leading initiatives for efficiency and sustainability through participating in the Green Lab Certification process.


Our Offer

  • A full-time job onsite at our client’s state-of-the-art sensory facility.
  • A competitive salary plus additional benefits.
  • An exciting job profile covering a diverse range of tasks – organizational, conceptual and analytical.
  • The most competent, creative and fun team in the industry as colleagues to work with.


Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a Sensory-related study program
  • Deep knowledge of sensory approach and statistics applied to sensory
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Confident communicator in English, both spoken and written
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and sensory software
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional and intercultural environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Open-minded, easy to connect and creative mindset
  • Analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changes in real-time and meet timelines
  • Agile mindset and oroblem-solving attitude


Interested to hear more? 

We would love to hear from you! Please reach out to talent@samresearch.com

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