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Sr. Scientist, Scents/Fragrances

Hi-Quality Recruits
New York, NY
  • Posted: January 31, 2023
  • Full-Time

We are seeking a Senior Scientist, Scents/Fragrances to support a client, a global leader in taste, scent, and nutrition in New York, NY. 

Flexible Work Arrangement: 4 days onsite/1 day remote

Attention Prospective Candidates Please note that per New York City's Employer Vaccination Mandate, this position will require the employee to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of full vaccination in accordance with the terms of the mandate, absent a medical or religious exemption.

Job Summary: 

The Senior Scientist is at the heart of perfumery innovation for the Scent Division. The main responsibilities of the role will be to manage and drive new technology development for the fine fragrance category and novel fragrance concepts. This role will require the ability to understand and articulate perfumer and customer needs to provide a strategy for new technologies within R&D, procurement, and the Scent business.

This position will also lead and manage a team of scientists that develop new insights to improve understanding of fragrance design and performance with technologies. This role will require strong collaborations with multiple business functions and teams across the company and exceptional communication skills are required to manage various projects and interactions.

Key Responsibilities: 

Innovation Management:

  • Lead fine fragrance technology new product introduction to provide new fragrance creations, concepts, and solutions.
  • Collaborate with R&D and other departments to understand performance technology, prioritize and introduce new products to the global creative teams and build a clear strategy for development and roll-out of new technologies in Fine Fragrances.
  • Build and drive new technologies/ideations and work with Fine Fragrance management team on the innovation strategy.
  • Actively follow ongoing developments in the field of fragrance technologies.
  • Liaise with Scent colleagues to define critical business needs for fine fragrance category.
  • Partner with R&D to define Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for new technologies and work through the category teams to assess their performance against the KPIs providing relevant feedback.
  • Lead a set of specific Innovation initiatives.
  • Define critical partnerships with external suppliers to support key programs and initiatives.
  • Drive IP Strategy for focused initiatives to maximize the company's competitive position.

Talent Management:

  • Lead and manage ST&I scientists at New York Creative Center.
  • Optimize team performance through excellent leadership, stretching goal setting, coaching and development.
  • Identify and develop talent to elevate the technical and innovation knowledge as well as leadership competencies of the team.

Communication & Teamwork:

  • Provide Senior management with clear updates on various initiatives.
  • Liaise with various internal cross functional and cross-divisional colleagues and external collaborators.
  • Foster a collaborative mindset and build a relationship of trust with other fragrance functions (Perfumers, Marketing, Consumer Insights) to enrich and accelerate the creative process.
    Strong Innovation and Global Mindset.
    Excellent collaboration aptitude.
    Good leadership and team building capabilities.
    Passionate about fragrance and product design.
    Strong communication (both written/verbal - in English French is an asset).
    Change manager.
    Results driven and customer focused.



  • Masters degree in Chemistry, Science & Technology, or related discipline with at least 10 years of experience 
  • PhD degree in Chemistry, Science & Technology, or related discipline with 5+ years of relevant experience 


  • Minimum 10 years experience in the industrial food, pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, consumer goods and/or fragrance industry in an international environment.
  • Proven record of managing new innovation projects globally.
  • Olfactive capabilities.
  • Build and inspire a team working with multiple functions across large organization.
  • Experience presenting to global, cross functional internal customers.
  • Ability to coach and mentor team members.


  • Full Benefits (Health, Vision, and Dental)
  • Competitive Salaries
  • Total Rewards Program 

An equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. All aspects of employment are based on merit, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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