Step aside, Willy Wonka: A Canadian confectionery company called Candy Funhouse is hiring a professional taste tester with a salary of up to $100,000 a year.
Last week, the Mississauga, Ontario-based company posted a job posting for what it calls the world’s first chief candy officer. The selected candidate will be responsible for taste testing around 3,500 products per month, conducting company board meetings and approving new confectionery inventory with its “CCO seal of approval,” according to the LinkedIn post.
That’s a lot of candy: about 113 pieces a day, nearly five times the recommended amount of daily sugar, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services’ dietary guidelines.
Luckily, the listing states that the selected applicant will have “comprehensive dental care.”
Job requirements are minimal: you must be at least 5 years old, live in North America, and have an “obvious” love of sugar. The listing states that parents can apply for their children and that the CCO will undergo extensive palate training to certify their “golden taste buds” before being tasked with selecting Candy Funhouse stock.
“Like the love of sweets – the position is not bound by age,” the listing reads. “All you need is a passion for candy, pop culture, and a sweet tooth.”
The CCO can work from home or in person in Newark, New Jersey or Toronto, Canada. They have the option to work a regular 40-hour week unless they are under the age of 18. In that case, the position will adjust to fit her schedule, Candy Funhouse CEO Jamal Hejazi tells CNBC Make It.
The position has no expiration date. If a 5-year-old is chosen, he could potentially hold the CCO title for life. Hejazi admits it would be “a bit messy” for a young person to chair board meetings, but he sees it as an opportunity for creativity.
“We think a child’s unbiased opinion and creative imagination would be a great asset to Candy Funhouse,” he says. “They would transfer the idea to ideas, campaigns and inspiration for new projects.”
The job description states that applicants should be “born leaders” and have “enthusiasm and eagerness to try confectionery”. You don’t necessarily need taste testing experience to submit a resume and cover letter, but an interest in media is a bonus.
This media interest may have something to do with Candy Funhouse’s TikTok presence: the company has 2.8 million followers on the platform, so the eventual CCO may get a lot of social media attention. The company also appears to be currently hiring for social media personalities, who are paid up to $24 an hour.
According to Hejazi, the CCO is paid $100,000 or Canadian dollars depending on where you live. Application deadline is August 31st.
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