Want a job as a chocolate taster? It’s not just for Valentine’s Day
Fancy yourself as the next Willy Wonka? Then Mondelez International MDLZ, +0.75% has the job for you.
The company is hiring multiple taste testers to work out of its facility in Reading, U.K. According to job listings on the food conglomerate’s website, the company is hiring two part-time chocolate tasters, one part-tine chocolate and cocoa beverage taster and a single full-time chocolate taster.
Part-time workers would only come in for eight hours each week, earning £9, or roughly $12.58, per hour.
“Do you have an interest in food?” the company wrote in the job description. “Would you like to be a part of shaping the development of new products, for brands such as Cadbury and Milka? Then this could be the role for you!”
Those interested in applying do not need any prior experience as a taste tester, since Mondelez will provide full training. The company is looking for someone who is passionate about candy, honest and objective in giving opinions, eager to try new products and personable to help interact with other members of the testing panel.
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Unfortunately, those with allergies or intolerances might be out of luck, since the job will require consuming foods containing gluten, nuts and dairy.
After applying online, some applicants will be selected for an interview, which will include an assessment day during which they will taste up to 10 samples and work in a group setting to hash out their opinions.
Those who can’t afford to move to the United Kingdom for these positions aren’t completely out of luck though. Plenty of food-tasting jobs exist in the U.S. and Canada, as personal finance website The Penny Hoarder notes.
Getting these jobs can be competitive. Grubstreet reported that 400 people applied to a single food-testing position at a food and beverage research firm. And job-seekers should keep in mind, for all the delicious foods they will try; there could also be some less palatable ones.
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