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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries and territories under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Principal Scientist/ Sr. Research Scientst- Fragrance

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 23, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 154741 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

The Global Flavors & Fragrance group is seeking to fill a Principal Scientist position with an independent, highly motivated individual with strong leadership skills to drive growth through fragrance innovation.



  • Establish strong partnerships with core Fragrance houses and external partners to identify, leverage, drive and execute new generations of fragrance technologies applicable to Colgate´s Home and Personal Care product portfolio.

  • Contribute to  the overall success of the Home and Personal Care brands for global and regional projects

  • Manage project progress and communications across all departments

  • Contribute and influence strategic direction for senior leadership using informal and formal communication.

  • Partner with Marketing, TI (Technology Insights), CI (Consumer Insights), ER (Early Research), PD (Product Development) and I&S (Implementation & Support)  to ensure the right insights are leveraged to then identify and implement the right fragrance technologies that will contribute to the Home Care and Personal Care Products category strategy and the development of winning bundles.

  • Develop, utilize and promote the fragrance technology bank

  • Partner with Marketing to gain insight on brands, market knowledge and brand strategies to identify technical solutions that will enable the creation and development of winning bundles.

  • Organize the calendar of events with the Fragrance Houses and support the coordination of cross-functional presentations and/or venues to promote fragrance development, technologies, and trends.

  • Understand consumer habits & attitudes and apply learnings to identify technologies that deliver on fragrance performance and/or liking.

  • Keep up to date with relevant scientific and technological fragrance innovations

  • Support the planning of consumer testing when applicable leading to the commercialization of innovative fragrance technologies.

Required Skills

  • Bachelors/Masters degree in Chemistry or Science related Major (PhD desirable).

  • Strong business-oriented experience preferably in a sales-oriented or marketing environment (MBA desirable).

  • 8+ years of industry experience in a global environment ( 5+ years of Industry experience with a PhD)

  • Strong analytical skills and research capabilities.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (written/verbal) with all levels within the organization

  • Strong project management skills with the ability to effectively prioritize

  • Creative and open minded; able to come up with new ideas and concepts which are practical to implement

  • Knowledge of the Flavors & Fragrance industry a plus

  • Functional knowledge of consumer insights and global markets a plus

This position will be based in Piscataway, NJ.


Salary Range $100,000 - $147,000 USD 


Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.   


Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

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