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Quality Sensory Panelist - Decatur, IL



Quality Assurance
Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024

Quality Sensory Panelist - Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois

Research & Development

Job Description

Quality Sensory Panelist – Decatur, IL
This is a part-time, on-site, hourly position

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9AM to Noon (3 hours)
  • Hours per week guaranteed, except cancelation of test day is announced at least one week ahead
This role evaluates the sensory quality of ADM’s ingredients and foods objectively using the senses of taste, smell, sight, following specific training guidelines in a consistent manner.

Key responsibilities:
  • This position involves periods of time spent sitting to conduct the evaluation while working closely with a team of 8 panelists
  • Evaluate products by smelling and tasting as a group. Enter scores into a computer or on a paper ballot
  • Discuss product attributes respectfully within a group setting
  • Work in an environment with little or no knowledge of the products being tested
  • Adhere to training standards to maintain homogeneity, repeatability, acuity percentages above 90%
  • Participate in skill assessment regularly to maintain qualification of this role
  • Be trained in specific methodology to describe and rate sensory quality of products
  • Contribute to a positive work environment
  • Responsible for adhering to specific sensory guidelines
  • Willingness to conduct taste and sensory evaluations on the following foods or food ingredients:
    • plant-based proteins, including soy and pea protein
    • pulse ingredients and edible beans
    • sweeteners
    • flavors
  • Ability to follow directions, work well in a group and communication opinions effectively
  • Sensory acuity: ability to describe and differentiate between the senses
  • Comfortable using a computer
  • Good communicator
  • Maintain good punctuality and attendance



Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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