Mackie's to offer one lucky person 'the sweetest job in the world'

Mackie’s have launched a new advert on S1jobs to find a Chief Chocolate Taster for their brand new chocolate factory - opening in spring 2016 – offering someone the chance to take on 'the sweetest job in the world'

Published 20th Nov 2015
Updated 12 th Sep 2023

Mackie’s, will launch its brand new chocolate factory in spring 2016. To celebrate, they will choose one lucky person to be their Chief Chocolate Taster for 12 months.

According to the job description, Applicants must be able to act "like a kid in a sweetie shop" as they are tasked with inventing a top new flavour combination that will be transformed into the ultimate chocolate bar when the new £600,000 factory opens in Aberdeenshire next year.

All ages are welcome and no experience is needed to apply for this once in a lifetime vacancy. The only specifications are that the applicant must have a mouth and tastebuds, be fanatical about chocolate and spilling with interesting flavour combinations.

Mackie's say that the winning idea could be anything from neeps and tatties to macaroon and mackerel.

As well as being a vital new ingredient in the product development team, the Chief Chocolate Taster will also take part in general tasting panels and help to ensure quality control. Basically, they will have a steady supply of chocolate to taste and test all in the comfort of their own home.

Mackie's say they will also require their new CCT to taste test what they refer to as "inferior chocolate brands",  but will compensate them with a monthly salary of Mackie’s chocolate.

To be considered for the role, entrants just have to tell Mackie’s what their dream flavoured chocolate bar would be and why they are the perfect candidate by 3rd December, 2015 at 12pm. The top four creative ideas will be chosen and put to the test at the family farm before two finalists are shortlisted and put head to head via public vote on Facebook.

Kirstin McNutt, Head of Development, said: “This isn’t a Chinese Wispa, we really are recruiting a Chief Chocolate taster for twelve months.

“Mackie’s is committed to everyday indulgence, offering delicious treats including ice-cream, thick cut crisps and, of course, chocolate.”

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“At the moment, our chocolate comes in four flavours – milk, honeycomb, dark and Scottish mint. With our brand new factory being capable of making more than 5 million bars annually – we want to share the sweet success with creative candidates who have a taste for bringing us new interesting flavours.

“We can’t wait to see your entries – so come on, help us raise the bar even further!”

How to Apply for the 'Sweetest Job in the World':

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Applicants must have the ability to act like a kid in a sweet shop and will be tasked with inventing a top new flavour combination that will be transformed into the ultimate chocolate bar when the new £600,000 factory opens in Aberdeenshire in spring 2016.

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Main requirements & responsibilities of the role will include:

• Have a mouth and tastebuds.
• Commitment to test, lick and sook a flowing supply of chocolate.
• A strong stomach for taste testing inferior chocolate brands.
• Commitment to raising the bar by creating one of a kind chocolate flavour combinations.
• Ability to let a square of chocolate melt in the mouth without biting.

The Job Package:

• Paid in, wait for it… seven bars of Mackie’s chocolate per week.
• Quarterly additional payments of chocolate to share with friends.
12 month contract based at a 180 degree angle on the couch at home.
• Trip to the Mackie’s family farm for a chocolate immersion with their resident experts.
• Performance bonus if the CCT’s chocolate creation flies off the shelves.

If you’re choc full of ideas, heres how to apply:

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Applicants of all ages are welcome and no experience (except eating chocolate) is needed for this once in a lifetime opportunity – just someone who is fruit and nutty about chocolate and spilling with interesting flavour combinations.

To be considered for the role, we need you to unleash your creativity and passion for chocolate by naming your simply magic flavour for a Mackie’s dark or milk chocolate bar and tell us why you would be perfect for the role.

• To apply please visit before 12pm on the 3rd December.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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