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R&D Manager

Date: Nov 25, 2022

Location: Kantvik, Uusimaa, FI, 02460

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description


It’s an exciting time to be part of the IFF family! We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy.


We are now excited to welcome a new R&D Manager (Probiotics) to join our Global Health & Nutrition Science team based in Kantvik (near Helsinki), Southern Finland.


Our team runs a global and diverse program of clinical and pre-clinical studies, targeting to document health benefits of probiotics and other bioactive food ingredients in our portfolio. We can offer you a position in a dynamic international research organization that is a world leader in applied research in the area of probiotics and nutrition. 


Our R&D team is looking for a research professional for a R&D Manager position to globally execute nutritional pre-clinical and clinical trials and lead a team of around 10 scientists. Your primary tasks will be: 


•    Lead a team of scientists and technicians in the discovery, research and development of probiotics and other functional ingredients in supporting health and wellness
•    Responsible for career development of your team members, and if needed, recruitment and orientation.
•    Responsible of managing health research projects, including budgeting and resource planning, schedule, and performance of projects
•    Initiate, manage and execute health efficacy studies against set milestones and objectives.
•    As part of the team, participate in planning, analysis, presentation, and publication of the pre-clinical and clinical trials
•    Report of the study progress to internal and external customers and stakeholders on a regular basis


Job Requirements


You are qualified for the position if you have: 


•    PhD (or equivalent degree) in life sciences with a minimum of 5-10 years of relevant experience in research, preferably in the field of microbiology, gut microbiota, probiotics, and/or functional foods 
•    A thorough understanding of probiotics, lactic acid bacteria and probiotic efficacy is essential. Knowledge of anaerobic microbiology is an advantage.
•    Extensive experience in the research and development of probiotics and/or other bioactive compounds for human health applications
•    Experience in leading and engaging a team of R&D scientists
•    Excellent project management, organizational, and team player skills 
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills for presentation of scientific concepts and results to internal and external customers and stakeholder. Fluency in English is essential; Other language skills are seen as a benefit (fluency in Finnish is an advantage).
•    Track record of scientific publications and experience in scientific communication
•    Ability to deliver results under time and resource pressures.
•    Willingness to travel up to 15%


The position is permanent, starting as soon as possible. 


For enquiries, please contact Health & Nutrition Science Leader Pirjo Wacklin (+358 44 556 5145; on Friday 7.10 at 9-10, Tuesday 18.10 at 9-10 or Wednesday 26.10 at 9-10 (UTC +2, Helsinki time).


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