Deodorant/Odour Assessor

An excellent opportunity has arisen to join a world leading global organisation, our global FMCG client - the powerhouse behind brands such as Domestos, Cif, Sure and Persil, as a Deodorant/Odour Assessor to last until the end of 2021. The post will be based from our client's prestigious Research & Development Facility in Port Sunlight, Wirral. This is a part-time role - average hours 26 hours per week, working Monday-Friday, however some flexibility will be needed to fit in with panel test schedules. The salary is up to £21,224 per annum, pro rata depending on experience.

Please note; the vacancy is only open to females as the role involves washing, taking samples from and applying products to, the underarms of female panellists who will be partially clothed.

Whilst training will be given, the job holder must pass initial olfactive screening tests to demonstrate they have a good discriminating sense of smell (the candidate will be required to smell certain odours to determine if they can sense them). Due to the olfactive skills needed, the role is open to non-smokers only.

This job would suit someone with a great sense of smell who enjoys working in a small team, dealing directly with members of the public for half the working day and preparing test material for the remaining time. Applicants need to be comfortable sniffing body odour directly from males and females who have removed clothing to expose their armpit for assessment (current protocols have been revised to ensure they are COVID safe).

The specific tasks associated with the role are summarised below:

  • Smelling panellists' underarms (females and males), and/or fabric swatches that have been worn by panellists in their underarms, and rating the level of odour and/or fragrance at key points during the day
  • Working as part of a team to deliver insights from Deo tests 'on time in full', including deputising for the panel leader
  • Conducting studies involving internal and external panellists or consumers who are members of the public
  • Compliance with study protocols and standard operating procedures
  • Collection and input of data
  • Logistical management of panels and substrates (e.g. T-shirts, samples, supplies)
  • Substrate preparation including fabric/T-shirt preparation, laundering, packing of test materials
  • Liaising with the public, project and Consumer Science team members, Safety Quality & Environment Dept.
  • Handling safety documentation and adhering to safety procedures
  • Handling sensitive information such as information / consent documentation and adverse event details

Key Skills

  • Olfactive Acuity (sense of smell) - the job requires skill in using senses to evaluate substrates (including training and monitoring to keep skills up to required standard).
  • Education - experience in sensory science or scientific/technical lab work/formulation science or education at GCSE level would be an advantage but is not a requirement for the role.
  • Communication - the job holder needs to share information with working team and project team, colleagues in Consumer Science and line manager. The job holder needs to share information with consumers and the public, which will include briefing panellists and consumers taking part in studies. Communication will be shared both verbally and in written form. The information will be shared informally and formally with teams. With input from a Scientist, the job holder will be required to plan logistics and prepare for the studies required, and therefore good organisational skills are essential. They will be required to transfer data and results of studies to Scientists.
  • Computer Literacy - the role involves studies that will produce either qualitative or quantitative data. Accurate data entry and use of electronic data collection programs is required - must be able to pick up new computer systems quickly. The job holder will be responsible for generating and maintaining databases (including through use of Microsoft Excel and Compusense). The role involves collecting, collating and storing panellist information that may be confidential or sensitive. The job holder will be responsible for the safekeeping of data including panellist confidential data.
  • Time management - the job holder will be responsible for conducting work to tight deadlines and interacting with consumers and members of the public on a defined time table.
  • Other aspects of the role - the role is split between lab (Olfaction Centre and Washing machine facilities/labs) and office work. Sensory work will require the job holder to use their senses (smell) for extended periods of time. Preparation work will require lifting or carrying products and equipment. Overseas travel may occasionally be necessary but is unlikely.

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    Port Sunlight, Merseyside

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    Up to £21224 per annum

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    Manpower UK

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  • Published:

    5 days ago

  • Duration:

    10 Months

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