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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:  Sr. Research Scientist/ Research Scientist- Fragrance

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 18, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 155070 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States


  • Design experiments and method development using appropriate analytical techniques to research fragrance nonconformance, off odors in raw materials, personal and home care products, fragrance - base interactions, fragrance performance in novel formulations and technologies. 

  • Out of the box analysis to troubleshoot fragrance related customer complaints, manufacturing non-conformances, proof of regulatory compliance, evaluate presence of ingredients of concern.

  • Perform fragrance analysis in accordance with standard procedures to ensure quality, compliance and reformulation strategies.

  • Prepare reports and presentations to summarize fragrance research findings and project updates.

  • Support to day-to-day operation and maintenance of analytical instrumentation – troubleshooting, adjustments, calibration, performance qualification, ordering supplies and consumables.

  • Olfactive fragrance evaluations to confirm fragrance quality and reformulation acceptability.

  • Support fragrance ingredient removal programs for regulatory and supply chain strategies – collaborate with Suppliers, Regulatory, Product Safety, Legal, Fragrance Development Leaders, Clinical and I&S to evaluate fragrance and product portfolio compliance, co-create reformulation strategies, align all partners globally on the implementation of compliant fragrances.

  • Collaborate in fragrance ingredients transparency initiatives and respective portfolio management

  • Partner with cross functional teams to align on project objectives and execution to drive projects to completion.

  • Maintain various databases, results reporting, and extract information from SAP.

  • Provide training for junior scientists and internship students, assist them with daily tasks when needed.


Required Skills / Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s or higher degree in Chemistry or Science related Major with min 5 years of fragrance/consumer goods industry experience in a global environment related to research and quality. 

  • Strong working knowledge and experience in sample preparation techniques and analytical instrumentation: GC FID, GC MS, GC SMPE, DHS, FTIR

  • Skill set in fragrance olfactive evaluations


Preferred Skills / Qualifications 

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

  • Good project management skills with the ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously and effectively prioritize

  • Ability to initiate and maintain excellent working relationships across various departments and fragrance suppliers

  • Functional knowledge of the Fragrance & Flavor industry

  • Strong research aptitude, troubleshooting skills, problem solver, attention to detail, collaborative, creative and open minded.

This position will be based in Piscataway, NJ

Salary Range $79,000 - $116,550

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

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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