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Flavor Product Manager, North Asia

Date: Oct 13, 2021

Location: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, JP, 140-0011

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description

Are you inspired to contribute your expertise to a global leading Ingredients organization? 
We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of solutions for the food & beverage industry. 


We are now seeking a Flavor Product Manager, North Asia for our Nourish division and we hope it’s you!


Your Focus
As Flavor Product Manager North Asia, you will be a cross functional and influential leader to inspire and represent the Platform (Flavours, Seasonings, and Colours) for Japan and Korea team. Supporting key opportunities for Sales Account Managers with communicating the platform agenda, priorities and sell market opportunities for Commercial buy-in from the Flavour expert’s perspective.

The role will see you develop business plans and sales strategy for Flavour, Seasoning and Colours in Japan and Korea that ensure attainment of sales goals.


This is a Japan based role and will report to the Regional Platform Leader, Flavours, Greater Asia.


How you will contribute

  • Drives the Platform agenda in the Category Teams, to maximize the opportunity generating value for the platform in the continuum of category initiatives.
  • Strengthens IFF's leadership position in Flavors in the Sub-region/Country, in alignment with the global and regional platform strategy and objectives. 
  • Develops and share market intelligence on competitors, markets, consumers, technology from interactions with customer/industry network and key stakeholders to drive competitive advantage.
  • Contribute to the Annual Category Strategy ideation process. 
  • Contribute to annual Account Plan reviews with the sub-regional Commercial team, assuring relevant target setting to maximize Platform success.
  • Closely monitor IFF's preferred partner positions in the sub-regional customer network to assure access to Flavors opportunities and highest return on investment. 
  • Provide support and engage where required with the Commercial team with innovation workshops, presentations, promoting flavour capabilities and driving differentiation. 
  • Help to build enhanced relationships with key customer decision makers/influencers.

Job Requirements

What you will need to be successful

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Food Technology, Food Science, or any other relevant discipline. 
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in the Flavor industry, cross category preferable.
  • Proven background within the Flavor industry, including in-depth knowledge and expertise of flavors or associated products.
  • Exposure or expertise in the beverage, savory, snacks, sweets or dairy industries.
  • Strong analytical skills and competency with Excel, PPT software and similar applications.
  • The ability to anticipate and understand customers' needs and key drivers. 
  • A highly ethical, capable, and responsible attitude.
  • Strong sense of initiative, problem solving skills and a proactive manner.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Results oriented, objectives driven, attention to details.
  • Problem solving and flexibility.
  • Willingness for domestic and International travel.



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