Senior Research Scientist

Job ID: 2017-2621

Brand: Kao USA

Location: US - OH - Cincinnati

Please Click here
Apply Now Apply Now Refer A Friend


The primary goal of the Fragrance Group is to develop fragrances for personal care products that enhance and support the concept and technology of these products. The Senior Research Scientist position leads all required steps in the fragrance development process (briefing, evaluation, testing, data analysis, recommendations and decisions). This role begins to lead value identification, technical direction with a focus on the future.


  • Conducts all project developmental efforts as related to fragrance development (stability, support to Product Supply, etc.) to include writing fragrance briefs, leading fragrance projects, planning and conducting appropriate testing and summarizing and communicating results to teams and management.
  • Maintains complete documentation for all projects in order to formally document the development and/or safety of final prototypes.
  • Develops project plans, specifically as related to fragrance development.
  • Performs in-depth consumer research to understand consumer awareness, fragrance preferences, emotional attributes and uncover new value for fragrance from a consumer perspective.
  • Understand the fragrance direction/trends/consumer habits within beauty care categories and other categories as appropriate.
  • Improves technical research capability of the team, exploring new technologies / recent advances in field and applying knowledge to projects.
  • Begins to set technical direction for investigation of new fragrance value.
  • Develops strong relationships and effective communication with groups within AmRL and global Kao to effectively influence projects and fragrance direction.
  • Develops strong relationships with suppliers and industry organizations to proactively plan and prepare fragrance changes /needs based on regulations, etc.


  • BA/BS - science field
  • 7-10 years’ experience in fragrance development , preferably with a focus on personal care/beauty care
  • Technical fragrance expertise with a keen sense of smell and the ability to describe fragrances and odors; smelling materials, fragrance oils, products is a daily requirement of this position
  • Domestic and international travel is required; the amount of travel is dependent on the brand and many other factors but would likely be less than 15% of time
  • Highly collaborative, well organized, driven and self-motivated with a bright, eager, positive attitude.
  • Independent thinking, technical passion & curiosity, creativity, fragrance category & consumer insight.
  • It will be key to build linkages outside Kao to include fragrance suppliers, professional fragrance associations (e.g, IFRA) and other key industry organizations.

To apply, your internet browser must be Internet Explorer Version 9 or above, FireFox, Safari or Chrome. If your current browser is Internet Explorer 8 or below, please upgrade your browser before applying

Learn how to update your browser