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Scientist I

Date: Jan 1, 2023

Location: Hilversum, North Holland, NL, 1221 JT

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description


IFF is a leading creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products and packaged goods. At the heart of our company, we are fueled by a sense of discovery, constantly asking “what if?”, and our more than 24.000 team members globally take advantage of leading consumer insights, research and development, creative expertise, and customer intimacy to develop differentiated products.
We are serving 3,000 customers in 162 countries, with 69 creative & application centers, 37 manufacturing facilities and 6 R&D centers worldwide. The Hilversum location is a creative & application center with over 400 international employees, and it supports categories like Consumer Fragrance, Fragrance Ingredients, Cosmetic Actives, Beverage, Dairy, Sweet and Savory
The incumbent will carry out analytical experiments in the Hilversum Global Centre of Excellence for Fabric Care both on known and unknown fragrance compositions. The role partners with key technical and creative partners (perfumers, evaluators) to deliver insight into fragrance compositions and how they are delivered especially in fabric care applications. In addition, the role helps develop foundational data as input for analytical tools and databases.  


•    Translate requests from the business into sensible experiments 
•    Reconstruct unknown fragrances based on analytical, olfaction and supplementary data
•    Carry out analyses on known fragrances in and delivered by consumer products, especially in fabric care applications
•    Co-Develop analytical methods for known fragrance and write protocols 
•    Equipment maintenance and troubleshooting
•    Train and mentor junior team members
•    Manage the analytical laboratory, supplies and instrumentation in collaboration with colleagues
•    Support the generation of foundational data for analytical and fragrance reconstruction tools and databases
•    Build knowledge of fragrance ingredients present on the market

Job Requirements


Essential experience
•    Bachelor or Master in analytical chemistry 
•    Minimum of 4 years experience in GC/MS analysis 
•    Either good equipment maintenance/troubleshooting skills, or data handling skills. Willingness to learn the other skills.

Preferred experience
•    At least 3 years of experience in the Fragrance/Flavor industry or FMCG environment, or forensic science
•    Extraction knowledge
•    Perfume ingredient knowledge (especially reactivity)
•    An olfactory screening test will be part of the application process – no previous experience required but is a pre.

Essential skills & competencies    
•    Good planning skills
•    Proactive; can anticipate issues and generate practical solutions
•    Ability to work with X-functional teams
•    Customer oriented
•    Drive for results
•    Analytical thinking; data analysis and interpretation skills
•    Learning ability
•    Team player
•    Proficient in English (Verbal and Written)


Job location
Creative Centre of Excellence of Fabric Care, Hilversum, the Netherlands. Relocation assistance is available within limitations. 

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