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VP, R&D Taste Food and Beverage

Date: Feb 28, 2021

Location: Union Beach, New Jersey, US, 07735

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 81941 

Job Description


A VP, R&D Taste Food and Beverage position is available at one of the world's best fragrance and flavor companies. As the VP, R&D Taste Food and Beverage, you will lead a global R&D unit within a growth-oriented business, balance functional goals with business unit and enterprise objectives, and have signficant impact on long-term business reports. You will be report directly to the EVP, Chief Scientific & Sustainability officer and be responsible for providing transparency and communication to key stakeholders.

How you will spend your time...


Strategic Context: Drive sustainable & profitable growth 


  • Win where we compete: Accelerate growth in emerging markets. Win in US and developed markets. Close category gaps 
  • Leader in differentiated innovation platforms: Pursue partnerships in attractive market adjacencies and differentiate in key technologies (modulation, proteins and textures, delivery systems, food ingredients and aroma chemicals). Sustainable sourcing with naturals
  • Be our customers’ partner of choice: Sustainability for commercial benefit. Demonstrate commercial excellence and service leadership. Actively support our customers’ success
  • Partnerships and M&A: Consolidate to strengthen core. Pursue value-creation through partnerships, collaborations and acquisitions. Invest to build technology-enhanced scent and taste solutions


Business Challenges


  • Support an aggressive growth agenda via the discovery of new taste and food technology that create a sustainable competitive advantage and support solutions for our customers
  • Navigate effectively through increased regulatory pressures
  • Maintain market leadership by facilitating win rates and margin performance in the face of increased competitive challenges
  • Ensure maintenance of manufacturing and supply chain, and implementation of new technologies, to support new material introductions and sustain competitive advantage


Leadership Challenges


  • Link technology and science with market opportunity and business acumen to influence commercial aspects of the business
  • Appropriately staff, delegate to, and lead a diverse, global, cross-functional scientific team to deliver on its strategic goals
  • Collaborate with C&A to refine and execute a flavor R&D strategy to support the BU/category strategies.
  • Drive a culture of innovation with business purpose through R&D excellence and deep customer insight
  • Ensure alignment and communication across R&D functions and initiatives and manage the interface with key internal stakeholders, such as the CSO, C&A and the BU
  • Enhance IFF’s image in the marketplace via relationships with customers, vendors, and other key partners
Job Requirements


Required Experience


  • PhD in a related scientific discipline
  • Productive experience in flavor and food ingredient creation over a ten-year period
  • Multiyear track record of innovation in an industry environment
  • Knowledge of R&D practices and processes, preferably flavor creation and application
  • Leadership of senior level scientists
  • International experience

We are IFF. We are the catalyst for discoveries that spark the senses and transform the everyday. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. is a leading innovator of sensorial experiences that move the world. At the heart of our company, we are fueled by a sense of discovery, constantly asking "what if?" That passion for exploration drives us to co-create unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty, detergents and household goods, as well as beloved foods and beverages.

Visit us at to learn more about how we’re using Uncommon Sense to challenge expected, champion creators, and do more good for people and planet.

Nearest Major Market: New Jersey