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Innovation Scientist, United States, Sweet Flavors N. America

Research and Development
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Develops innovative products to demonstrate Sensient’s technologies and products in support of new business growth opportunities. Works well in a team environment and actively contributes ideas while exhibiting expertise in the area of new product development for the flavors business unit.  Maintains a detailed record of pilot plant processes and coordinates with production to assist in commercialization.  Effectively develops and communicates features & benefits of new technologies and assists in delivering presentations to internal management and customers. Must work independently, with minimal supervision, and balance a multi-task workload.    



  • Develop a wide variety of extracts using a variety of methods.
  • Maintain accurate records of work, organize projects and prepare reports including: project objectives, project progress, technical formulations, and product data sheets.
  • Develop applications using extracts to improve understanding and aid in the commercialization process.
  • Stay informed of industry and scientific trends by following the current literature and monitoring online and paper trade magazines.
  • Identify and test new technologies and ingredients that will provide innovative solutions addressing industry issues.
  • Utilize the expertise of the flavorist and sensory groups to provide flavor systems that meet or exceed project objectives.
  • Assist in establishing descriptive sensory attributes, and testing products for stability and shelf life.
  • Assist in maintaining a safe and professional environment.
  • Utilize computer systems to insure that project and product applications data is maintained in a timely and accurate fashion.  Utilize the computer system’s capabilities for selection and screening of flavor/flavor enhancement systems.


  • 5 years with a BS; 2 years Masters and 0-2 years PhD of product development/innovation experience.
  • Master’s/PhD in Food Science or related discipline.
  • Knowledge of extraction and distillation processes preferred but not required. 
  • Experience with food science and technology, flavor technologies and food ingredient technologies.
  • Organized, self-driven and motivated. Takes initiative. Team player and open thinker.
  • Ability to focus on multiple projects and initiatives simultaneously.
  • Excellent collaborator and experience working cross functionally to get results.
  • Innovation minded. Excellent communication skills. Creative problem solver/thinker.
  • Should have knowledge of pertinent processes, regulatory guidelines and sensory testing. 
  • Computer proficiency of Microsoft products including Excel.  



Minimal - should be direction setting with periodic reviews of progress.  Should be able to work independently most of the time.




Sensient Flavors & Fragrances Group develops, manufactures and distributes flavor and fragrance systems that are found in thousands of consumer products worldwide. The company's specialty systems are essential components of food, beverage, household and personal care products. Sensient's value-added flavors and fragrances enable our customers to excel in highly competitive global markets. The Flavors & Fragrances Group is located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.




Sensient Technologies Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors, and fragrances. Sensient employs advanced technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, inkjet and specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals. The Company's customers include major international manufacturers representing most of the world's best-known brands.  Sensient is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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