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Global Category CI & Sensory Lead - HCI

Date: Mar 18, 2023

Location: Holmdel, New Jersey, US, 07733

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 450521 

Job Description



The Opportunity


A global Category CI & Sensory Lead position is available at one of the world’s best suppliers of the food and beverage, fragrance, home and personal care, and health & wellness end markets with innovative solutions that allow them to create the products consumers know and love. This New Jersey based position is one that offers a collaborative work environment, experience in a fast-paced industry, and a chance to create work for both new and established scented product brands. This is an opportunity to work alongside key creative marketers, the world’s best perfumers, and developers to help develop fragrances and experiences that will leave a lasting impression on consumers.  This position will define strategy, lead and manage Category CI & Sensory activities worldwide to innovate capabilities, develop strong Consumer insights to support Scent Design and develop Superior value proposition. Define Category Innovation CI strategy to support HSD principles.  S/he will support key capabilities and anticipate development and business needs to setup the actions to maintain excellence in consumer innovation and understanding.



If you love to...


  • Bring actionable and value-added insights utilizing state-of-the-art methodologies, research, and results to drive & influence Category strategy and Innovation.
  • Define, lead, and develop CI and Sensory strategies and programs to support development.
  • Exhibit your excellent communication skills (presentation, working session, one to one discussion).
  • Be a leader in sales: Answer strategic customers’ needs due to differentiating tools. 
  • Partner closely the Scent Design Group and Perfumers to translate consumer data into actionable insights for development.




Track and monitor consumer tastes, needs, benefits, usages and attitudes to provide the Category with consumer centric opportunities (product/ technology/brief development).
Establish and drive implementation of governance to maintain alignment and operational efficiency in category and commercial projects   (e.g.: set the frame and the standards for regions to integrate, implement, apply and leverage).


Apply & promote Consumer research methodology / tools / protocols that advance Category initiatives.
Enable data basing and knowledge management on consumer knowledge to translate into actionable insights & trends. 
Define & push best practices in execution of consumer test programs supporting category innovation (ECA, ..).


Deploy and communicate Insights and Learnings to the organization.
Maximize cross-fertilization such as knowledge sharing, Category leverage, collaboration and talent.

Support category strategic programs and initiatives with Consumer understanding and prospective X-category point of view.
Secure alignment on commercial focus by fostering implementation of Category insights /methodologies / standards among the CI regional teams.
Represent Consumer Category expertise internally and with key customers (core listing, mission critical,..).     


Propose, manage, monitor, and maintain category CI budget.

Job Requirements


Required Skills


  • 10+ years of experience in Consumer Insights, Sensory Research, Marketing and/or Consumer Research.
  • Minimum of (5+) years of experience leading Marketing/Consumer Research coupled with in-depth knowledge of the fragrance and beauty/personal care industries.
  • Consumer and market understanding: Academic training or work experience.
  • Experience working in international organization.
  • Demonstrated People Leadership background.
  • Bachelor’s degree and Master preferred-Demonstrated expertise in business, statistics, science, test design, and/or consumer psychology.
  • Position is based in NJ facilities.

We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy. At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

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