Application Technologist – Dairy – International Flavors & Fragrances – Hilversum

International Flavors & Fragrances

Requisition ID : 497800  

Job Description

We are looking for a motivated and dynamic application technologist to join our Dairy Flavor Design team in Hilversum, Netherlands. Are you a good team player with experience in the flavor and/or dairy sector? 

Responsibilities Include but may not be limited to: 

Project Management

• Independently manages time and projects for assigned tasks while learning new skills.
• Develops work-plans to manage work for projects.
• Provide technical guidance on unusual or complex problems.
• Applies the use of sensory and consumer data for projects when required.
• Develops finished product formulations while meeting industrial standards, country specific and client requirements (profile, legal, cost and stability requirements).
• Works on projects for key local, strategic, and regional customers with commercial success.
• Refines attributes (taste and texture) language and articulates with team and project members.
• Participates in new concept generation.

Innovation & Technology 

• Supports local and regional technical teams and Category Growth Initiatives under direction from manager.
• Successfully demonstrates innovative thinking and creativity in appropriate projects.
• Understand innovation cycles and acts proactively 
• Understands flavor performance and ingredient functionality in different finished products and incorporates technology appropriately.
• May assist with the development of new product and application literature, including Technical Reports.

Customer Intimacy & Technical Partnership 

• Provide technical services to customers as needed (plant trials, troubleshooting, and training). 
• Demonstrates an understanding of customers, category markets and consumer preferences. 
• Works in close collaboration with Sales and Marketing, Flavorists, Sensory, Consumer Insight, Regulatory and other departments to support project execution.
• Establishes relationship with strategic customers and related categories.
• Assist customers by participating in in-house visits, answering technical questions, and conducting seminars and presentations as assigned.

Leadership

• Shows positive attitude and passion.
• Shares knowledge with the team and provides guidance to Trainee/Associate Designers.
• Demonstrates ability to work within a team.

Job Requirements

• Minimum 5 years working experience in industrial food, flavor, or ingredient industry plus a minimum 2 years in dairy product development. Prior experience with flavor and its application in foods is a plus. 
• Minimum entry level is a University/College Degree in Food Science and Technology or related disciplines (such as Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology).
• Preferred Master’s Degree in related area.
• Strong communication (verbal and written), organizational and interpersonal skills are necessary. French and German spoken and written language will be an advantage
• Travel may be required up to 20% of the time. 
• Experience in flavor development/application lab – spending approximately 60% of your time in the application lab
• Proven sensory evaluation skills
• Proven Project Management skills
• Function well within a team set-up while taking individual responsibility and initiative within the scope of your role. 

We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy. At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

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