Scottish firm is hiring for possibly world's tastiest job
PTI November 24, 2015
In what could be the world's tastiest job, a Scottish firm is on the hunt for a chief chocolate taster who will be paid in monthly supplies of chocolate bars.
Mackie's, an Aberdeenshire chocolate firm which also makes crisps and ice cream, is advertising for the year-long position ahead of the factory's opening next year.
The only qualifications for the job - for which payment will be made in monthly supplies of chocolate - are taste buds, with the successful applicant having a "steady supply of chocolate to taste, test, lick and sook on the couch at home," according to company chiefs.
Besides the free chocolate, the firm is also offering "a trip to our family farm for a chocolate immersion session with the resident experts," and a "performance bonus if/when your chocolate creation flies off the shelves."
Mackies is also keen on creating a new flavour - dreamt up by the newly-appointed chief chocolate taster - to celebrate the opening of the new 600,000 pounds factory.
Other responsibilities will include ensuring quality control, tasting other brands of chocolate and taking part in tasting panels.
Kirstin McNutt, head of development, said: "This isn't a Chinese Wispa, we really are recruiting a chief chocolate taster for twelve months."
"With our brand new factory being capable of making more than five million bars annually, we want to share the sweet success with creative candidates who have a taste for bringing us new interesting flavours," McNutt was quoted as saying by the Scotsman.
The closing date for the job is December 3, with Mackie's confirming people of all ages can apply and have to describe their dream chocolate bar flavour and why they are the best candidate.
The top four creative ideas will be chosen and put to the test by Mackie's before two finalists are short-listed and put head to head via public vote on social media.