Who are we? 

Kodiak is one of the fastest growing food companies that is disrupting the industry with its better-for-you breakfast and snacking options. Our journey with food began by restoring the tradition of whole grain flapjacks and adding some protein to fuel folks' adventures. In the process, we discovered that foods made closer to nature are not only fueling but taste better. So, we set out to inspire wilder, wide-open lives by feeding epic days through real breakfasts. That’s one of the reasons we’re in the scenic Rocky Mountains of Park City, Utah: to live our purpose and be close to nature.  

Our mission is to become the most loved, next generation food brand, and we’re well on our way. We craft the best-selling whole grain flapjack mix in the nation along with toaster waffles, baking mixes, oatmeal, syrup, and snacking options at all major retailers. We’re expanding rapidly as our business continues to grow year-after-year and need to build our team with people that share our passion for the outdoors, bring industry experience, thrive in an entrepreneurial culture, and want to make an impact in the food space. We believe that eating real, good-for-you food, being active outdoors, and preserving nature will restore balance generations before us worked so hard to forge. We embrace the spirit of the Kodiak – a pristine wilderness with a rich ecosystem – and we rely on that spirit of the Kodiak to inspire the work we do, the food we eat, and the way we play.                                                                                                  

Job Type: Full-Time, Exempt

Job Location: Kodiak HQ: Park City, Utah 

What will this position do?   

Reporting to the VP of R&D, the Sensory Scientist will be responsible for designing sensory methodology for product development and new product innovation in Breakfast and Snacks categories. The Sensory Scientist will develop products and conduct sensory testing, analyze the results and provide guidance for best product launch in the market with high consumer acceptability. The ideal candidate will take calculated risks with R&D projects and will be outcome oriented.  They will be analytical and have a great sense of attention to details. A successful candidate will be self-aware with the ability to work well with cross functional teams including marketing and insights

  • Designs sensory methodologies in support of product optimization and innovation to a successful launch in the market
  • Coordinate the execution of sensory panels and manages the preparation of resources.
  • Provide a hands-on approach while working in the laboratory setting and assisting product development team formulating products for testing
  • Communicate observations and make recommendations on next steps in the product development phase.
  • Analyze research and lab data and provide feedback to appropriate team members, including but not limited to product development, marketing, sales, insights. Report findings and provide recommendations to team members.
  • Provides training to internal sensory panels for sensory testing dedicated to development projects.
  • Collaborate with external sensory agencies to design consumer testing protocols
  • Assist with the development of standardized practices, protocols and processes to help align sensory analysis across the organization.
  • Execute all responsibilities while following all Human Resources, safety, quality, energy and environmental policies and procedures.

What are we looking for? 

  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science or Sensory Science, Master’s degree is preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in a sensory role working with product development
  • Aptitude for mathematics and statistics
  • Initiative to improve and develop sensory capabilities independently
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills to effectively work with external partners and colleagues at Kodiak Cakes
  • Ability to communicate effectively with leadership 
  • Ability to work with multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to conduct experimental design tests and accurately report results to management
  • Strong computer skills 

What else do I need to know? 

This role is based in our headquarters near the ski slopes and mountain trails of Park City, Utah. We have a hybrid schedule. We offer competitive compensation and benefits that include:  

  • Health/vision/dental plans  
  • 401k match  
  • Relocation assistance  
  • Annual performance bonus 
  • A company fleet of snowboards and other equipment
  • Active lifestyle allowance 
  • Therapy Benefit
  • All-you-can-eat flapjacks 
  • Flexible vacation 
  • Early-out Fridays 
  • Parental leave 
  • Casual dress code 
  • A variety of other Kodiak-unique perks  


Recognized by Inc and Utah as one of America’s best places to work, we are known for our awesome work environment – a fun and authentic place where wins are celebrated, collaboration is king, work is balanced with life, and every individual makes a deep impact. We proactively search for ways to develop each individual along their career path here at Kodiak and beyond. We're inspired and committed to creating natural, authentic food with superior taste to fuel a healthy, active lifestyle. We feel encouraged by some of the trends in food today and believe that with a concerted effort we can make an enormous impact in building momentum for natural, better-for-you foods. We invite you to apply to join our team and leave your legacy on the future of food. 

At Kodiak, we foster a truly inclusive community that encourages, supports, and celebrates what makes each of us unique. We bring our full authentic selves to work and leverage our diverse backgrounds and perspectives to create a culture of belonging that feeds epic days & wilder lives.

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