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Analytical Flavor Scientist-CHI02510 - Illinois


About Wrigley

Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, and lollipops. Wrigley’s world-famous brands – including Extra®, Orbit®, Doublemint®, and 5™ chewing gums, as well as confectionery brands Skittles®, Starburst®, Altoids® and Life Savers® – create simple pleasures for consumers every day. With operations in more than 40 countries and distribution in more than 180 countries, Wrigley’s brands bring smiles to faces around the globe. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, employs approximately 17,000 associates globally, and operates as a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $30 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and approximately 70,000 Associates worldwide that are putting our Mars Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through our performance.


Position Summary:

Flavor Development is a critical and leading capability that R&D provides to the business.  This requires a strong Science and Technology Flavor Science Program that can provide leading-edge flavor systems / technologies.  A critical role within this program is a Flavor Scientist to lead research initiatives which increase the foundational understanding of flavor science as it relates to areas such as analytical flavor chemistry and trace volatile analysis, identification of key sensory and bio-active compounds, flavor manipulation and consumer drivers.  Also to deliver against short and long term projects which enable optimal product performance, value and scale thru flavor.  The Flavor Scientist shares knowledge and insights gained with Wrigley and the Mars Corporation and partners with suppliers, universities and research consortia to strengthen Wrigley's global position in gum and confections.


We're looking for someone who:

-Generates experimental results supporting projects, primarily to increase core competency and fundamental understanding of flavor science but in support of broader projects as well 

-Develops expertise in flavor chemistry and trace volatile analysis (GC-MS, GC-Olfactometry), identification of key sensory and bio-active compounds 

-Develops skills in other key analytical technologies such as HPLC, wet chemistry, etc , in order to provide broader support of business critical projects (including outside flavor) 






      Minimum:  B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Food Science 


      Preferred:  M.S. /Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Food Science


Related Experience/Requirements: 

Minimum: 2 years of experience in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Food Science

Preferred: 3 or more years of experience in analytical flavor chemistry and identifying/quantifying trace sensory actives and/or natural product chemistry and identifying/screening bio-actives




-Flavor chemistry training and/or experience

-Analytical chemistry, especially GC, GC-MS, GC-O, and SPME 

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-Collaborative mindset and good team skills for internal and external interaction


- Analytical flavor chemistry and identifying/quantifying trace sensory actives

-Natural products chemistry and identifying/screening bio-actives

-Mint science experience

-Taste physiology & modulation

-Sensory and Consumer Insights tools and techniques

-Flavor, gum and confectionery formulation & manufacture







The Wrigley Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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