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Technical Manager - Fragrance Innovation

Date: Nov 4, 2021

Location: Hilversum, North Holland, NL, 1221 JT

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Position Overview


The Technical Manager, Fragrance Innovation role is at the heart of perfumery research for the IFF Scent Division.  The main responsibilities of the role will be to manage and drive new technology development for the fragrance ingredients and novel fragrance concepts, algorithms and tools. This role will require the ability to understand and articulate perfumer and customer needs to provide a strategy for new ingredient efforts within R&D, Procurement and the Scent business.  

This position will also lead and manage a team of scientists that develop new insights and tools to improve the design and performance of new fragrance concepts and solutions, and it will liaise with IT, data scientists and others to implement IFF’s digital initiatives. This cross category, cross function role will require strong collaborations with multiple business functions and teams across IFF and exceptional communication skills are required to manage various projects and interactions 


The candidate will directly report to the Director, Global Technical Perfumery in Paris, France and will be located with the team in the Scent Creative Center in Hilversum, NL.  This position will be part of the global, cross category Scent Technology and Innovation team. 

Key Responsibilities


Innovation Management

  • Lead insight generation, data management and algorithm/tool development to optimize new fragrance creations, concepts and solutions
  • Collaborate with IT and data science experts to prioritize and launch current tools to the global creative teams and build a clear strategy for development and roll-out of new digital initiatives
  • Actively follow ongoing developments in the field of digital tools, machine learning and artificial intelligence to implement as appropriate
  • Support the Ingredient Catalog Transformation initiative that provides IFF end-to-end product differentiation and which fit IFF’s long term ingredient strategy 
  • Liaise with Scent colleagues to define critical business needs for fragrance ingredient/additives catalog 
  • Partner with R&D to define Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for new ingredients and work through the category teams to assess these new materials against the KPI’s providing relevant feedback
  • Lead a set of specific Innovation initiatives
  • Define critical partnerships with external suppliers to support key programs and initiatives
  • Drive IP Strategy for focused initiatives to maximize IFF competitive position


Talent Management

  • Lead and manage a team of ST&I scientists at Hilversum Creative Center
  • Optimize team performance through excellent leadership, stretching goal setting, coaching and development
  • Identify and develop talent to elevate the technical and innovation knowledge as well as leadership competencies of the team


Communication & Teamwork

  • Provide Senior management with clear updates on various initiatives 
  • Liaise with various internal cross functional and cross-divisional colleagues and external collaborators
  • Foster a collaborative mindset and build a relationship of trust with other fragrance functions (Perfumers, Marketing, Consumer Insights) to enrich and accelerate the creative process 

Required Skills


  • Strong Innovation Mindset
  • Excellent collaboration aptitude
  • Good leadership and team building capabilities
  • Passionate about fragrance and product design
  • Capabilities and strong interest in modeling and artificial intelligence
  • Strong communication (both written/verbal - in English).
  • Creative problem solver
  • Change manager
  • Proactive
  • Global mindset
  • Mobile - can travel abroad.
  • Results driven and customer focused

Required Experience & Education


  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in the industrial food, pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, consumer goods and/or fragrance industry in an international environment
  • Masters or PhD degree in Science & Technology, Chemistry or related discipline
  • Experience and aptitude in data science and machine learning
  • Proven record of managing new innovation projects globally
  • Excellent olfactive capabilities (candidates will be required to complete internal olfactive test)
  • Build and inspire a team working with multiple functions across large organization
  • Experience presenting to global, cross functional internal customers
  • Ability to coach and mentor team members

Job Location :  The Netherlands/ Hilversum