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At Premier Nutrition, we’re a team cheering on our customers every step of the way. Maybe it’s in the PowerBar right before a marathon. Or in a post-workout bottle of Joint Juice. So many athletes count on us for healthy and transparent energy products, and that’s why we need a team that’s dedicated to building the future of nutrition. So come take the first step toward a career built on winning.

Associate Scientist, Sensory & Consumer Science

Research & Development


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Here’s what all the hype is about…

Premier Nutrition Company, LLC. (PNC) distributes great-tasting food products to health-conscious consumers under the brand names Premier Protein, PowerBar, Supreme Protein, and Joint Juice and part of publicly traded BellRing Brands (NYSE:BRBR). With its people-first culture, PNC empowers its people to create the best work of their lives alongside some truly amazing colleagues. We strive to make a workplace where you can feel like you and avoid many of the outdated processes and structure of conventional workplaces. We don’t have performance reviews—we have conversations. We don’t have command and control management—we have inspiring leaders to coach you. We don’t have a casual dress code—we simply don’t have a dress code; wear what you like. And we have a lot of fun.

Bringing dogs to work, company-wide volunteer days, philanthropy and sustainability programs, in-office massages, walking meetings, and free daily exercise classes on-site and at the adjacent gym are just a few ways we make work feel less like work. And the results of our great culture speaks for itself: we were certified as a Great Place to Work™ for the fourth year running in 2020 and ranked #6 on Fortune Magazine’s 2020 Best Small & Medium Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production.

So, what’s it like to work here? You’ll walk into our Emeryville office each Monday morning and find 100 of your colleagues sitting on sofas, beanbag chairs, or the floor excitedly talking through the week ahead and watching one of their colleagues tell their personal life and career journey. Picture the scrappy culture of a start-up, the innovative mindset of a tech company, and the stability of a brand that sold over $800 million last year, and you’ll find us in the sweet spot where world-class culture meets robust business results. PNC seeks individuals who will thrive in this collaborative and casual work environment and will help us build our culture and this high-growth company for the next phase in our amazing journey. Does this sound like you? Then read on…

The Role…

Reporting to the Manager of Sensory & Consumer Science, this position is responsible for helping to build and expand Sensory and Consumer Science capabilities, leading internal employee panel testing efforts, providing sensory support in the pursuit of great tasting, high quality Premier Nutrition ready-to-drink (RTD) Shakes and powders. This position has great potential to become either a sensory core team leader who will manage all the sensory panels and testing (employee and descriptive) or a sensory project management leader who will manage sensory support for PNC Core base business, brand news, and flavor renovation initiatives.

You’re excited about this opportunity because your time will be filled with…

Sensory Panel and Lab Management: 75% of Time

  • Plan and conduct all routine internal sensory panel evaluations
  • Formalize internal panel testing execution procedure and tracking of all internal sensory data
  • Implement new internal sensory testing approaches
  • Maintain internal sensory panels and motivate panelists to increase internal testing participation
  • Establish internal panel validity through qualifying and screening employees based on acuity or usage and attitudes
  • Understand and effectively use sensory software
  • Manage laboratory housekeeping based on Good Lab Practices including records, sensory test supplies, and lab facility maintenance
  • May be trained to manage the descriptive analysis panel
  • Sensory support for specific business initiatives: 25% of Time

  • Provide sensory support for product launches that build on existing platforms from concept to commercialization, including core base business, new flavors, and/or brand news
  • Develop sensory test plans and timelines with Product Developers and then communicate sensory test status to cross-functional project team
  • Provide interpretive sensory results, data summaries, and the necessary guidance for product optimization
  • Be an active team member and support product development scientists with their innovation and margin management efforts and bring projects to successful completion
  • What are we looking for?


  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science, Nutrition, Culinary Science, Psychology, or related field
  • Having a passion for Sensory and Consumer Science; Sensory related courses/Certification is preferred
  • Experience:

  • 1+ year of experience in sensory evaluation and/or Product development, including knowledge of the principles and techniques of sensory product evaluation
  • Experience that has demonstrated your interest in food science, cooking, baking, nutrition, and other aspects of food or beverage preparation and preservation is preferred
  • Skills:

  • Knowledge and a passion for Sensory and Consumer science
  • Passion for food, cooking, flavors, ingredients, etc
  • Enjoying tasting different products; sensory acuity and discernment
  • Proven well developed/effective communication (both written and oral) and teamwork skills
  • Passionate about interacting and working with people
  • Adept at training and engaging panelists
  • Strong computer, project management and written communication skills
  • Proven success at multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment; driving to completion
  • Critical thinking ability to explain complex technical subject matters to non-technical personnel
  • Possess curiosity, creativity and alternative thinking to develop new innovative solutions
  • Quick learner that picks up on new processes easily and is self-motivated to ask questions to seek clarity and when necessary can work efficiently under tight time constraints
  • Loves a challenge, can complete complex projects quickly and adeptly with understanding of the business priorities
  • So if after reading through this long list you’re thinking--I’m not sure I meet 100% of these requirements, should I still apply? YES—if you embody a growth mindset, see challenges as opportunities to develop, and find innovative ways to get the real work that matters done, you sound like our kind of candidate!

    Five capabilities that differentiate this role and are key to candidate success:

    1. Drive and own results
    2. Empathy
    3. Learning & growth mindset
    4. Adaptability
    5. Bring people along

    You will thrive here and may just do the best work of your life if…

  • You want to be an integral part of shaping and nurturing an amazing work culture
  • You like trying out novel minimum viable product people-related ideas
  • You can be flexible in your approach to people challenges and abandon past practices if they don’t make sense or would lead to a poor outcome
  • You enjoy making people-centric decisions and finding ways to say ‘yes’ as often as possible to impactful and important priorities for the business or team
  • You are comfortable being natural, casual, open, and even a bit playful at work
  • You can be friendly, vulnerable, and self-deprecating in one moment, and deal with a challenging, delicate people-related matter as a professional in the next
  • You can do periods of focused, deep work on projects that drive the needle
  • This may not be your ideal next career move if…

  • You like a lot of structure, rules, and uniformity
  • You like order, hierarchy, command and control management
  • You want to build lots of processes, systems, governance, or policies
  • Dealing with ambiguity or experimentation are not your jam
  • You try to resolve challenging interpersonal situations over email or instant messaging
  • You like managing from behind your computer and demonstrating excellence through email
  • You tend to chase whatever shiny object presents itself during the day even if non-strategic
  • If we haven’t convinced you to apply already, here are some of our favorite perks and benefits:

  • Summer hours (and of course a hefty PTO package plus 11 holidays)
  • 401K match. Literally free money
  • Free food. Plus kombucha, cold brew coffee, sparkling water…all on tap
  • All people and roles are bonus-eligible
  • Quarterly team building events/happy hours (city-wide scavenger hunt, bowling, ropes course, putt-putt)
  • Bring your dog to work (3 days/week)
  • Premier Nutrition provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws.


    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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