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Global Leader Re-Master Vanilla (tm) Innovation program

Date: Jan 6, 2022

Location: Hilversum, North Holland, NL, 1221 JT

Company: IFF Family of Companies

IFF Nourish


Do you want to drive innovation in the field of vanilla ?

Are you passionate about taste, new technologies and vanilla ? Do you enjoy working in an environment of passionate and multi-cultural team?

If yes join IFF NOURISH as Global INNOVATION Leader RE-IMAGINE VANILLA®  and make the difference!

RE-MASTER VANILLA® - Transforming how vanilla is sourced, harvested and processed to do better for people and planet!

Our unexpected actions are helping stabilize the supply chain while giving creators more options to achieve their goals. Our product design approach allows us to provide the best combination of tools and flavor profiles that deliver outstanding consumer experiences throughout the whole range of food applications where vanilla is used. Whether it is the star of your formula or used as a balancing nuance, our broad vanilla portfolio has the right tool that will make your product shine.


IFF VANILLA – Unexpectedly classic, uncommonly good!





Innovation is the key driver to deliver IFF NOURISH Vision 2021 and beyond. The Global Innovation Leader Re-Master Vanilla is a critical leadership position in IFF, dedicated to building a differentiating competitive edge and executing it with commercial excellence.
This position will develop and execute technical innovation strategy/tactics and provide leadership to Creative & Design function for the development and commercial implementation of products and technologies to attain business growth goals by driving larger access to Vanilla related opportunities and increase in Win Rate

Job Requirements

-  Drive the Vanilla Innovation agenda. Accountable for end-to-end innovation process “Dream to Deliver” (under the IFF Business Excelence model) by closely working with multidiciplinary teams.
-  Develop and deliver innovative products (ingredients & end-products) that meet customer requirements by translating consumer and market trends, and by leveraging organization capabilities.  Contribute to the entire technology life cycle.
-  Frame new business opportunities, needs from R&D and/or external partners, manage  porfolio to evaluate new ingredients and rationalize existing ones. Develop tools in conjunction with Product Experience, Innovation Marketing, Global Regulatory,
   Creation & Design, Procurement, Operations, Legal, Commercial and other functions for Go-to-Market value propositions to deliver business growth.

-  Presence at IFF Regional Centers as needed to roll out, train, capture needs.
-  Represent IFF expertise in Vanilla in customer interactions. Build/Establish Technical partnership with key external customers to establish effective network relationships for development of technical needs for general category and specific joint development projects.

-  Together with Procurement, works with vendors, partners and R&D on evaluating new and differentiating technologies and ingredients, exploring exclusivity opportunities and supply agreements/obligations.
-  Develop and Lead IFF Global network, connecting virtual teams to feed Innovation pipeline and leverage expertise. 
-  Drive successful execution of key innovative strategic projects in line with short, medium and long-term strategies. 
-  Translate new strategy into concrete objectives, with conversion into cross category initiatives.  
-  Train and influence C&D function for commercial adoption of technologies to attain business growth goals in line KPIs of regions and categories. 
-  Closely monitor scientific developments within the field of expertise through involvement in external scientific institutions, government bodies and/or industry relevant committees.

Long Description

-   Bachelors in Food Science or related Applied Science. Chef, PhD, Master degree are desired.
-   Expert in whole supply and value chain of vanilla extract as well as main ingredients for vanilla flavors
-   10+ years in flavor, food ingredients or related end-use industry. In a commercial / customer facing technical role or development in the field
-   Global experience is a plus
-   Strong organizational, analytical and project management capabilities 
-   Ability to work in a geographically distributed matrix organization
-   Influencing leadership and communication skills
-   Service mindset to ensure customer satisfaction / resolution
-   Experience in innovation development
-   Working knowledge of stage-gate process
-   Proven commercial/business acumen
-   Availability for international traveling and conference calls with regions in other time zones


This position requires strong influential leadership skills, interpersonal savviness, business acumen and communication skills in order to make impact.  

-    Establish excellent relationships with Regional General Managers and Regional Creation and Design Directors to ensure alignment of priorities and resource allocations and drive culinary category agenda 
-    Establish and direct interdisciplinary development teams for effective product development, scale up, and plant production.
-    Align teams to a shared vision and goals and manage processes and people to deliver category growth and profit goals.
-    Implement new technologies from R&D projects via interdisciplinary R&D/C&A teams with effective communication and training programs targeted at internal users (Flavorists & Design Staff) and sales personnel.
-    Job requires a vast network in and outside the organization and good partnership with other functions of the business to get things done.