The brand wants applicants who love chocolate and are willing to travel to Italy.
Sweet job alert.
Nutella is hiring people to taste test its cocoa, hazelnuts and other ingredients used to make the decadent spread. The brand, owned by the Italian company Ferrero, is looking for 60 “sensory judges” to give feedback on its products.
And the prerequisites are simple: You must love chocolate and hazelnuts and be willing to travel to the official lab in Alba, a town in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. The position appears to be open to all, though it’s unclear if you must be an Italian citizen.
The job description, written in Italian, seeks to train a food sommelier of sorts who will take courses to learn how to taste, smell and describe the ingredients they’re eating.
“We are looking for people who would like to learn how to taste cocoa, hazelnut grains and other semi-finished sweet products,” a translation of the job description reads. “A paid training course (starting in September and lasting 3 months) will aim to educate the sense of smell and taste and improve the ability to express in words what will be perceived with the tasting of semi-finished products.”
At the end of the course, participants deemed fit for the job are in for a delicious side hustle: They’ll be hired for a long-term position with a part-time commitment of two days per week for two hours, according to the job posting.
Eating the hazelnut spread “for work” should be an easy feat, considering plenty of people already do it for free. Nutella lovers devoured a whopping 402,000 tons of the creamy stuff you smother on toast or in crepes in 160 countries last year.
While Nutella doesn’t list compensation for the job on the posting, you can make some serious money as a professional food taster. Taste testers earned an average of $24,000 per year as of August 2014, according to Indeed.com. The spice brand McCormick, for example, pays people around $15 an hour to taste their new recipes and help develop new flavors. And earlier this year, the chocolate company Cadbury had open positions for professional chocolate tasters to work just 7.5 hours per week.
If you’re interested in being a Nutella taste tester, you can apply for the role here.
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