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Scent Design Associate

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Holmdel, New Jersey, US, 07733

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 287421 

Job Description


Are you looking for a role that will help you to Do More Good and fulfill a bigger purpose?  Would you like to positively impact millions of lives around the world?  Do you have a passion for scents and innovation?  As a Scent Design Associate at IFF you can help to influence the market trends to create delightful scent experiences.  This New Jersey based position is one that offers a collaborative work environment, with a chance to create work for both new and established consumer brands. The position will be located in our Fabric & Home Care Innovation Center in Holmdel, in the legendary Bell Works building.

As a Scent Design Associate, you will be responsible for developing creative strategies and leading regional projects.  In this role, you will further develop business knowledge, potentially leveraging consumer feedback, and grow technical expertise, increasing IFF’s ability to win in the marketplace.  You will utilize internal processes/programs/tools to support the overall Fabric & Home Care business strategy. 
About You:
If you are a curious, critical thinker with problem-solving skills that question everything to help reinvent the SCENT industry, this role is for you.   If you are a candidate with analytical ability to investigate data, and analyze it to uncover insights, this role is for you.  If you can design experiments and apply scientific method principles to innovation programs, this role is for you. 

You will spend your time...


  • Learning market product knowledge / brand portfolio knowledge and how to leverage / share with Perfumery team to help guide the creative process
  • Develop a basic understanding of how to create an olfactive strategy to support the success of the Fabric and Home Care regional / category business
  • Learning how to effectively screen down fragrance themes against project objectives
  • Learning and leveraging different technologies for Fabric and Home Care projects 
  • Leveraging potential cross category fragrance themes for Fabric and Home Care projects
  • Leveraging IFF’s Scent Portfolio for optimal efficiency in project work
  • Learning how to manage fragrance selection and identifying new winning themes for incoming briefs
  • Develop understanding of consumer olfactive preferences and apply on fragrance strategy and to provide feedback to Perfumers
  • Strong project management skills, communicating with various functions (perfumers, consumer insights, marketing, scent technology, commercial, management, etc.)
  • Expand knowledge of marketing and marketing tools at IFF and learn to partner with marketing on a regular basis in order to gain insights on customers brands 
  • Understand technical / innovation programs and how they contribute to the overall category / customer strategy
  • Generate project reports and one pagers which can articulate valuable insights for x-category application to others in order to help maximize financial returns 
  • Creating and facilitating olfactive/ fragrance trainings

Job Requirements


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree / Masters degree, preferably in Science or Business
  • Excellent olfactive capabilities (candidates will be required to complete internal smelling test)
  • 1+ years of industry experience (fragrance house or consumer goods company)
  • Fabric Care and / or Home Care experience is a must
  • Project Management experience, ideally with some fragrance/ product development 

Required Skills

  • Proficient in English
  • Excellent communication skills (written / verbal) with all levels of the organization
  • Creative mindset
  • Team player
  • Solid business acumen
  • Embraces diversity
  • Effective and agile decision quality
  • Self-knowledge

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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