Mondelēz puts out a call for tasty global confectionery roles

One of the most sought after roles in the confectionery world – chocolate taste testing roles for some of the biggest brands are now being advertised by Mondelēz International, as it continues to expand its portfolio range, reports Neill Barston

The company, which is behind high profile names including  including Cadbury Dairy Milk, BelVita, Maynard’s Bassetts and OREO is seeking four candidates to join a team of 12, evaluating products ahead of their delivery in more than 150 countries.

As the business explained, the chosen candidates will play a key role in helping improve and perfect secret new Mondelēz products that the firm believes will be making an impact during 2021, as the sector looks to recover from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The panellists will need to work as a team to differentiate and communicate the subtleties within flavour, texture and melt in the mouth experience across our iconic brands. Chocolate Tasters will be contracted to work a maximum of 8 hours a week to avoid ‘palate fatigue’. They will be based in Wokingham near Reading, Berkshire UK at Mondelēz International’s Global Research Centre.

As a lab-based role in Food Science, Chocolate Tasters are required to understand the complexities of the human senses and mechanics of chocolate eating – with candidates having until 6 January to apply for the posts.

When it is safe again to do so, Tasters will return to the lab to share thoughts and collectively review delicious products before testing in individual booths. For the time being, in compliance with Covid-19 guidelines our Chocolate Tasters are coming to site to collect pre-prepared laboratory samples.

“Like anyone would, I love working as a Chocolate Taster – there is so much more to eating chocolate than you would think. It’s hugely rewarding to play a part in a new product launch, it fills me with pride to see the final product on my local supermarket shelves” said Amanda Greenwood, Chocolate Panellist, (pictured main image).  at the Mondelēz International Wokingham site.

“Chocolate Tasters are vital to our business as their input helps us to perfect our products before they hit the shelves. In this challenging and unprecedented year, our ways of working with our Chocolate Tasters have become more agile. We very much hope to return to site when it is safe to do so, we all miss the office camaraderie of discussing the products together. Consumer insight and research is a fascinating field, I can’t wait to see who joins us next to help us to perfect the nation’s favourite treats,” said Afsha Chugtai, Senior Group Leader, Consumer Science, RDQ Mondelēz International.


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