Knowledge of flavour (or fragrance) and development processes and a passion for the magic of flavours
Previous experience in leading global cost saving & simplification projects
Basic appreciation of fragrances or flavours olfactive profiles
A proven ability to translate consumer understanding into tangible business actions
True Global experience which will be evident by having worked in or with our key and emerging Markets
Using Claims to create product stories and Marketing comms plans
A creative mind in the space of flavours with high level of sensory acuity.
Knowledge on flavour or fragrance raw materials, quality and impact on the taste of the flavour (multisensorials) and consumer preference.
An understanding of consumer & brands in key geographies (i.e. consumer journey, moments of truth, olfactive preferences and drivers)
Ability to lead and co-ordinate multi-functional teams
Experience of setting up, developing and leading new teams
Understanding on formulation base interaction with flavour, stability, etc.
Excellent communication skills and previous experience of leading a program across multiple teams and locations with a demonstrable ability to represent our category in both internal and external leadership forums.
A working knowledge of qualitative, quantitative & sensory consumer research techniques.
Experience of translating consumer understanding into tangible business actions
Experience of Personal Care product development
An appreciation of applicable processes within Unilever and external regulations which apply to flavour and new product development (Supply Chain, safety, etc.).
The CFM will be working remotely with the Global Design Centre/Brand teams and with multiple FH and seamlessly interacting with diverse/multicultural teams from Marketing/R&D and FH based in different geographies and time zones. Hence, effective communication skills (primarily English) and network management is a key. The successful candidate will have to manage Senior Stakeholders and should be able to meet expectations on time, communication, project management, and project delivery.
As this is key strategic area for the category we are creating a new team in line with the flavours transformation agenda. The CFM will be responsible for setting up a new team, upskilling the team with required skill set, setting up sensory facilities to evaluate flavours, training the flavour team as well as training wider teams to bring entire category up to the basic appreciation level in flavours.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
Degree level educated in relevant discipline
Experience in a formulation design and development environment and/or consumer research
Excellent track record of delivering challenging targets and very good communication skills (written and spoken English) to be able to seamlessly interface with cross-functional teams.
Specific technical training in fragrance and/or flavour development would be preferred
Additional written and spoken language skills (over and above English), especially languages spoken in our current and new opportunity markets would be advantageous
The CFM role will be based in the UK and will report to Oral Care R&D Director – Consumer Technical Insight and Flavour who is based in London.