Application Development & Innovation (AD&I) Scientist, Dietary Supplements

Date: Feb 12, 2024

Location: Bomlitz, DE

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description

With a passion for science and creativity, IFF seek to deliver the answers our customers need so they can produce life-saving drugs, everyday wellness solutions and vital consumer products.  Deep polymer and applications expertise meaning is that we dig deeper to ensure performance and process benefits for customer formulations. With our commitment to quality, reliability, and sustainability, we can deliver solutions that help benefit our world. Come join us!

Pharma Solutions is the business unit of IFF focused on developing the most essential pharmaceutical, dietary supplement, and industrial polymer solutions. Our leading excipient brands are found in one out of every three tablets in the world; we have a broad plant-based portfolio for a variety of supplement applications, and our polymers provide unique functionality in industries from electronics to coatings to agriculture.

Our European Application Development & Innovation (AD&I) team is growing and we are looking for a new Scientist supporting the applications of IFF Pharma Solutions products in the field of dosage forms for Dietary Supplements (DS).

Located in Walsrode, Germany, the AD&I Scientist manages the technical relationship with specific customers in support of growing the business and developing a robust pipeline of opportunities.


  • Technical Expertise on Established Products and Applications:
    • Contribute to/lead creative application approaches utilizing IFF’s excipients via generation of ideas and concepts to meet current and anticipated customer needs and to offer strong alternatives to competitive products.
    • Be the technical expert in IFF Pharma Solutions products with a focus on Dietary Supplements portfolio and its applications, providing hands on/classroom training to customers, sales, marketing, and distributors, as appropriate. Publish conference posters, papers, and articles.
    • Support the commercialization of new technologies and/or products through voice-of-customer and application/customer trials.
  • Strategic Market Support:
    • Collaborate with strategic and field marketing in identifying global trends that could result in new opportunities or risks for IFF Pharma Solutions and translate those into appropriate application or product concepts. 
    • Identify unmet customer and industry needs to accelerate growth such as specific technical support and services.
    • Effectively share learnings gained with other application, regional, and global teams.
  • Leadership:
    • Work closely with marketing, sales, and distributors to ensure high quality knowledge of our products and applications are communicated via training and demonstrations. 
    • Act as a member of the global IFF Pharma Solutions application team to communicate regularly around successful application projects and leverage learnings from other regions. 
  • Project Management:
    • Develop and manage self-initiated or assigned Application/R&D projects and customer Technical Service Requests (TSRs) and liaise with other regional labs to ensure timely completion and appropriate prioritization in alignment with business needs.
    • Design experiments and testing protocols, and work with regional labs to coordinate bench work to support project goals.
    • Write technical reports and ensure confidential information is properly safeguarded, also through the course of project work.
    • Contribute to maintaining, improving, and advancing technical capabilities in line with current and future business needs and developments.

Job Requirements

  • Master or diploma in a relevant discipline, such as Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Life Sciences, is required.
  • 3-5 years Dietary Supplement formulation and technical service or product development experience, which should include: Hands-on experience formulating tablets, capsules, and/or gummies including scale up. Preferably being able to demonstrate practical familiarity with relevant equipment such as rotary tablet machines, fluid-bed granulator/coaters, encapsulation machines, gummy depositing equipment and film coating equipment. 
  • Fluent in English. German (B2) is preferred.
  • A willingness to travel is essential (20-40%).
  • Your core competencies:
    • Technical credibility and presence in front of customers.
    • Ability and willingness to fuse technical competency with the commercial aspects of the business. Can see the strategic picture and translate that into an actionable plan (business acumen).
    • Critical thinking and good problem-solving.
    • Able to work with a high degree of autonomy whilst remaining a team player.
    • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
    • Some supervisory experience and demonstrated awareness of safety issues.
    • Mathematical, statistical, and computing competence.



  • Pharmaceutical or Dietary Supplement formulation development experience is preferred.
  • Demonstration of ability to lead/manage a product from R&D to manufacturing.
  • A broad overview of the technical/regulatory requirements and trends for the pharmaceutical industry.
  • A good understanding of related functional areas of a pharmaceutical/DS company (e,g, analytical, clinical trials, production, QA, regulatory affairs).



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