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Scientist II - Scent & Personal Care

Date: Oct 6, 2021

Location: New York, New York, US, 10019

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 211661 

Job Description

The Opportunity

A Scientist II position is available at one of the world’s best fragrance and flavor companies. This New York City based position is one that offers a collaborative work environment, experience in a fast-paced industry, and a chance to work with a dynamic scientific team. This position focuses on fragrance technical development work that will be used in global and regional projects. The outcome of this work will be new products and product/ingredient insights that provide IFF with opportunities for profitable growth.

If you love to...

  • Plan and execute technical work for Go to market (G2M) including proactive projects under the direction of technical leaders in the field of Fine fragrance and Personal care.
  • Contribute positively by making suggestions for improvements in methods or techniques that result in benefits to the technical department
  • Maintain up to date laboratory reports consistent with established protocols
  • Follow safe laboratory practices and keep areas clean
  • Generate technical information and suggestions that are used to make decisions and can be used in customer presentations to highlight IFF product advantages



  • 20-25% Perform olfactive and stability studies or any other testing required as outlined in customer handbook; ability to plan and execute basic trouble-shooting steps where needed.
  • 30-40% Help Perfumers develop/screen fragrances appropriate for color and odor stability in alcoholic solutions and line extensions.
  • 15-20% Coordinate and attend weekly meetings with internal and external customers to review projects status, including team evaluation and sensory testing of new ingredients and customer follow ups in timely manner
  • 5-10% Lab organization, maintenance and clean up.
  • 5-10% Participate actively in new concept generation with senior technical staff.
  • 5-10% Independently manage priorities and keep organized notebook and reports.

Job Requirements


  • M.S. in Science & Technology, Chemistry or related discipline
  • Minimum 6-12 years of experience in the fragrance industry, Cosmetics or Consumer goods.
  • Can work independently on projects without direct manager supervision
  • Excellent Project Management and Time Management abilities.
  • Results oriented, with strong listening and effective oral and written communications skills; excellent attention to detail
  • Product or technology development experience in the consumer-packaged goods or fragrance industry
  • Ability to color match and capability to perform olfactory evaluation as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast paced highly matrixed environment
  • Self-motivated and team player; must work well multi-tasking in dynamic environment
  • MS Office Skills


  • PhD or Master’s degree in Science & Technology, Chemistry or related discipline
  • Essential Requirements as well as the following.
  • Knowledge of fragrance materials and olfactive descriptors
  • Experience in fragranced product formulation
  • Proven track record of success managing multiple projects on and solving complex technical problems
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Prior experience with a major cosmetic company, consumer packaged goods manufacture or flavor/fragrance house.

Key Competencies:

  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Decision Quality
  • Innovation Management and Creativity
  • Self-Knowledge
  • Drive for Results
  • Listening and Effective Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Project Management
  • Customer Focus
  • Problem Solving

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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