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Associate Scientist

Date: Dec 31, 2022

Location: Hilversum, North Holland, NL, 1221 JT

Company: IFF Family of Companies

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 within the Scent Technology and Innovation team, you will work together with R&D, Perfumers, Operations and Commercial teams to create and deliver innovative technologies. You will be responsible for understanding how these technologies interact with fragrances ingredients and customers formulations in order to design and deliver fragrance solutions which will delight our consumers. You will be part of the Fabric Care team located in Hilversum and will share our knowledge and learning with other teams globally.


Major Responsibilities Include
•    Plan, Conduct & Report laboratory work for Innovation projects 
•    Develop and present technical information to support project decision making in order to deliver truly differentiated solutions 
•    Work with R&D, Perfumers, Evaluators and Operation teams to identify and understand the challenges and risks
•    Design, prepare & and conduct performance & stability studies to answer projects needs 
•    Work within a multi-disciplined team to create business relevant technical solutions
•    Support project teams to create technical insights using appropriate design of experiments
•    Contribute to technical project teams, providing data, & lab support in the area of Innovation
•    Participate in and run fragrance evaluation panels
•    Develop a network of colleagues within IFF in order to expand application & business knowledge
•    Ensure work is managed in a timely, reliable way and according to the highest standards
•    Follow safe laboratory practices 
•    Maintain excellent awareness of the Fabric Care market and market products
•    To be curious about fragrance technology innovation and have passion to solve related problems 
•    Playing a proactive role in new initiatives

Job Requirements


Required Skills
•    Excellent Lab Skills
•    Experience working in fragrance/flavor or fast-moving consumer goods industry
•    Able to react quickly to changing environments
•    Efficient planning skills
•    Turning data into actionable insights
•    Experience in product application/development
•    Result driven and excellent problem-solving skills
•    Customer focused 
•    DOE (design of experiment) experience
•    Ability to work cross-functionally
•    Results oriented 
•    Knowledgeable in lab safety, relevant application, raw materials and chemical processes
•    Fluent in English, other language proficiency (French, Dutch, German) is a plus.


•    Curious, enjoys a difficult challenge 
•    Good interpersonal and communication skills
•    Drives to deliver technical solutions 
•    Open minded, embraces diversity, shows courage (take risks, learns from success and failure), flexible, deals well with pressure
•    Team player 
•    Passionate about fragrance and product development
•    Demonstrates a strong quality of perseverance
•    Self-motivated.


Preferred Skills
•    Home or Personal Care formulation, Polymer, Colloid Science experience 
•    Good olfactory evaluation skills (an internal test will be part of the interview process) 
•    Experience in the fragrance/flavor or fast-moving consumer goods industry. 


Required Experience
•    Bachelors or Masters in Chemistry, Polymer, Colloid science or related discipline
•    2-3 years working experience in the industry or in comparable industries (consumer products), preferably in an international environment.