Associate Scientist – Fabric Care Category – International Flavors & Fragrances – Hilversum

International Flavors & Fragrances

Job Description

We are IFF. We are the catalyst for discoveries that spark the senses and transform the everyday. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. is a leading innovator of sensorial experiences that move the world. At the heart of our company, we are fueled by a sense of discovery, constantly asking, “what if?” 

That passion for exploration drives us to create unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty, detergents and household goods, as well as beverages, confectionary and food products.

Our global team members take advantage of leading consumer insights, research and development, creative expertise, and customer intimacy to develop differentiated products. Dreamers and doers, we work tirelessly to discover flavors and fragrances that inspire customers and delight consumers. We are fueled by our four corporate values; passion, creativity, expertise and empowerment. It is the unique blend of these values that make us IFF. The Company leverages its competitive advantages of brand understanding and consumer insight combined with its focus on R&D and innovation, to provide customers with differentiated product solutions. 

Come join the creative and empowered people who work at International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

The Role

As an Associate Scientist in Value-to-Market (V2M) team within the Scent Technology and Innovation department, you will work together with Perfumers, Commercial and Operations teams to build technical & consumer insight, create and deliver innovative technologies and optimum scent solutions to our customers in Home & Fabric category.

You will be responsible for providing the required technical support to V2M projects, commercial & customer requests and driving short term innovations answering the consumer needs. As pro-active lead and in close collaboration with other teams, such as commercial and Scent Design Managers and perfumers, you will define the optimum test set-up, execute, and translate the learnings into insights and recommendations to the relevant team. 

Major Responsibilities Include:

• Drive the V2M technical support & bring the business relevant solutions to answer commercials and customers’ needs, including trouble shooting on fragrance applications, support claims, promoting IFF technologies etc ;
• Define the optimum tests, execute, and reporting. Translating the learnings into recommendation for the creation of scent solution ;
• Support the innovation deployment to internal and external stakeholders/customers ;
• Conceive, design technical studies, conduct simple patent search to build understanding on Home and Fabric Care product formulations and ingredients ;
• Pro-actively react to the trends and customer & consumer needs bringing new opportunities ;
• Participate in customer meetings, present results and technical insights, and promote IFF scent solutions ;
• Participate in fragrance evaluation panels ;
• Follow safe laboratory practices.

Job Requirements

Required Skills

• Result driven and proven track record in problem solving
• Comfortable with ambiguity and has a solutions-focused approach. (Flexible & Agile, Hands-on mentality)
• Excellent presentation, interpersonal communication and writing skills.
• Design of experiment (DoE)
• Ability to work in cross-functional teams either as a team member or project lead
• Efficient planning and project management skills
• Experience in product application/development
• Experience working in fragrance/flavor or fast-moving consumer goods industry 
• Knowledgeable in lab safety, relevant application, raw materials and chemical processes
• Broad chemistry knowledge (organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, colloid chemistry, surfactants, rheology, etc.)
• Fluent in English (both verbal and written)

Preferred Skills

• Knowledge on consumer good formulations, polymer, surfactant
• Good olfactory evaluation skills 
• IP Knowledge

Required Experience

• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in science & Technology, Chemical engineering or related discipline.
• Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in the chemical, consumer goods or fragrance industry.
• Proven track record in problem solving. 

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 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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