Last week, the Ontario-based Mississauga company published a job listing for what it describes as the world’s first confectionery official. The selected applicant will be responsible for testing the taste of nearly 3,500 products each month, holding company board meetings and approving new candy stock with their “CCO seal of approval,” according to the LinkedIn post.
That’s a lot of candy: about 113 bars a day, nearly five times the recommended amount of sugar per day, according to dietary guidelines from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.
Fortunately, the list indicates that the selected applicant will receive “comprehensive dental coverage.”
Job requirements are minimal: You must be at least 5 years old, be a resident of North America and have a “clear” love for sugar. The listing states that parents can apply for their children, and that the CCO will undergo extensive palate training to certify “golden taste buds” before they are tasked with picking Candy Funhouse stocks.
“Like the love of candy – the situation is not age related,” the list says. “All you need is a passion for candy, pop culture, and sweet love.”
The CCO will be able to work from home or in person in Newark, New Jersey or Toronto, Canada. They’ll have the option to work 40 hours a week, unless they’re under 18, in which case the situation will adapt to their schedule, Candy Funhouse CEO Jamal Hegazy told CNBC Make It.
The position has no expiration date. If a 5-year-old is selected, he will likely hold the title of CCO for his life. Hegazy admits that having a young man leading board meetings would be “a bit messy,” but sees it as an opportunity to get creative.
“We think a child’s unbiased opinion and creative imagination will be a great asset to Candy Funhouse,” he says. “They will take the idea into ideas, campaigns, and inspiration for new projects.”
The job listing says applicants must be “innate leaders”, and have “an enthusiastic and eagerness to try confectionery products”. You don’t necessarily need taste-testing experience to submit a resume and cover letter, but an interest in the media is a bonus.
This media attention may have something to do with Candy Funhouse’s TikTok presence: The company has 2.8 million followers on the platform, so the content manager may eventually get a lot of exposure on social media. It also appears that the company is currently hiring social media personalities, who pay up to $24 an hour.
According to Hegazy, $100,000 will be paid to the NCO, in either US or Canadian dollars, depending on where they live. The application deadline is August 31.
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