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    Flavour Application Technologist

    A better business. A better world. A better you.

    LOCATION: Global Foods Innovation Centre (HIVE), Wageningen

    WORKING HOURS: Full-time


    Would you like to contribute to the transformation of the food system by supporting the development of new, disruptive flavour solutions for plant based foods?
    Then join us in our ambition to make plant-based foods taste absolutely fantastic!


    Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. It has 161,000 employees. Over half (58%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Knorr, Dove, Hellmann's, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry's, Marmite, Unox, Magnum and The Vegetarian Butcher

    At Unilever we have set out to make a difference to those big issues that matter most to our business and to the world. Our goal: transformational change at system level. Fundamental change to whole systems is needed if we are to make a genuine difference. Our transformational change agenda combines direct action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals with partnerships and external advocacy to create change on a systemic scale – while creating business opportunities and delivering relevant innovations at the same time. Our purpose-led, future-fit Unilever Compass strategy is guiding us and is built on three beliefs: brands with purpose grow; companies with purpose last; and people with purpose thrive.

    Now, welcome to R&D, Unilever’s ideas factory. Unilever R&D has built the Hive, a new Global Foods Innovation Centre in Wageningen, the Netherlands. In this way Unilever creates critical mass in expertise areas to ensure that our new technologies ultimately bring breakthrough innovations to the markets that are good for People and Planet.

    It is Unilever’s ambition to reach 1 billion turnover in the next 5 to 7 years from plant based products of which plant-based meat is a significant part. To achieve that ambition, we are strengthening our technical capability and therefore we are looking for people with specific skills in this area.


    The Science & Technology (S&T) team in the Foods & Refreshment (F&R) division is an agile team of enthusiastic world-class scientists with a clear purpose:

    • We are indispensable partners in F&R who deliver competitiveness through science and technology

    • We unlock the world’s ecosystem to solve problems for today and create inspiring opportunities for tomorrow

    • We build on each other’s strengths to magnify our impact

    We combine key capabilities across the end-to-end spectrum of food science, biotechnology & engineering with unique knowledge on flavour & formulation sciences, all underpinned by digital modelling capabilities, to deliver differentiating innovations to market that meet consumer needs every day.

    The S&T team has a passion for continuous learning, works according agile principles with a strong can-do mindset.

    THE JOB:

    Flavour is of key importance for the Unilever Foods & Refreshment division.
    As a Flavour Application Technologist, you will be at the core of the plant-based revolution by supporting the development and testing of new, disruptive flavour technologies in plant-based food applications and generating data for sensory predictive modelling purposes.
    The role presents a great opportunity for a teamplayer who is passionate about applying the science required to create new, exciting sensory experiences for consumers, in alignment with the Unilever’s Suistanable Living Plan. Essential to the role are excellent organizational and practical skills and experience in sample handling and product preparation at bench and/or pilot plant scale.


    • Organize and carry out the testing of new flavour technologies in plant-based product formulations at bench/pilot plant scale following GMP and all the applicable standard protocols for sample manufacturing and related data capturing

    • Assess the quality of the samples produced by performing standard analytical and sensory evaluations and by coordinating the samples characterization via advanced analytical techniques

    • Support the creation of flavour prediction models via optimal data capturing and reporting

    • Effectively collaborate with the relevant Product and Process teams, to ensure the use of the highest standards in ingredient selection and processing

    • Work according to Agile principles, with a clear focus on value and targeted delivery


    • BSc in Food Science/Technology or similar

    • Experience in working in the food development or analysis labs (5+ years), preferred hands-on experience in food manufacturing

    • Technical Lab testing and Report generation

    • Excellent planning/organizational skills and communication skills, effective working in virtual teams

    • Attention to the detail, highly accountable


    • Opportunity to work on brands with the power to brighten peoples’ lives all over the world.

    • Be part of a diverse and ambitious team shaping the future of Food and Refreshment brands.

    • Exciting career opportunities & competitive benefits in a global, purpose led business.

    • We are looking for the right people for our roles and our ambition, we are open to talk about how our flexible working policies can make this role the right one for you.


    Join Unilever and our team! To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter.

    Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.


    Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

    Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs.

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