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Flavor Chemist, Taste Creation Platform R&D

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United States-Virginia-Richmond

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Org Marketing Statement

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH) is among the largest over-the-counter (OTC) health care products companies in the world, with a global footprint of operations in more than 90 counties. We maintain leadership positions in many markets and sell two of the top 10 global brands (Advil® and Centrum®). PCH develops, manufactures and markets leading non-prescription medicines, vitamins and nutritional products. We strive to bring new and better solutions to market to help consumers around the world support their health and enhance personal wellbeing.

PC drives growth through major global brands including Centrum® (the world’s #1 multivitamin), Caltrate® (the world’s #1 calcium supplement) and Advil® (the world’s #1 ibuprofen analgesic brand). The division’s major categories consist of Pain Management, Dietary Supplements, Upper Respiratory, Personal Care and Gastrointestinal.


Pfizer Consumer Healthcare is looking for a Flavor Chemist (Pharma), Taste Creation Platform, to join our Global Operations Research & Development team in Richmond, VA.


• Proactive, positive and engaged team member who will work with all therapeutic areas and dosage forms in the PCH portfolio.
• A member of the Global R&D Taste Creation and Flavor Innovation Team driving productive interfaces with internal and external partners such as Product Design, Analytical, Pfizer Global Supply (PGS), Quality and manufacturing teams as well as strategic partners to provide assessments and drive implementation of new flavor development technologies, processes and capabilities.
• Contribute directly to the development of novel, innovative taste & flavor profiles in a wide range dosage forms for dietary supplements, pain management, gastrointestinal, upper respiratory and personal care.
• Ensures projects are planned and completed using sound technical principles in accordance with agreed upon project timing.
• Participates in due diligence, new business opportunity and product assessments.
• Effective and influential presentations and writing skills with the ability to tailor messages to a variety of audiences as appropriate (e.g. external, commercial, management, scientific).
• Conduct work in a manner compliant with applicable federal, state and local regulations and Pfizer policies.
• Understands product development and facility management requirements in both a development and cGMP manufacturing environment.


A member of the Taste Creation and Flavor Innovation Team within Global R&D Operations, contributing to flavor profile improvement or development, bitterness masking, off-taste mitigation, sweetness enhancement, to the development of structure-function relationships of taste-active compounds, and to collaborative efforts with internal/external partners.
1. Help build departmental technology capabilities in the Flavor Development team.
2. Contribute to product development efforts in PCH Global R&D working closely with Product Design, Analytical, PGS Technology and Marketing colleagues.
3. Contribute to the evaluation of technologies to support the development of novel, innovative product flavor profiles that delight the consumer.
4. Has an understanding of manufacturing unit process, development and manufacturing operations as well as compliance requirements in a cGMP environment.
5. Exhibits a deep understanding of experimental design and analysis leading to robust conclusions and subsequent decisions.
6. Direct flavor application activities to support existing and new business growth opportunities at targeted Dietary Supplement, Over the Counter and Ethical Pharmaceutical, Consumer Health and Medical Food customers.
7. 10+ Years of active flavor creation and application work a plus
8. Must have understanding of GC/MS, LC/MS and other industry standards for flavor analysis.
9. Anticipate, investigate and resolve problems with raw materials, flavor systems and finished products.
10. Participate directly and provide cross-functional leadership in strategic categories and platform initiatives.
11. Assists in Flavor Training Program and provides technical services and guidance globally.


Education & Experience

Prefer Masters or Ph.D. in Flavor Chemistry, Flavor Science, Chemistry, Food Sciences, Food Chemistry. Advanced degree in Pharmaceutics or related discipline also acceptable.

BS degree with a minimum of 18 years of relevant experience
MS degree with a minimum of 13 years of relevant experience
Ph.D. degree with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience

Technical Requirements
• The ability to impact the development of novel flavor and taste masking capabilities across all brand franchise teams and therapeutic areas.
• Demonstrated ability to interface with third party flavor houses to exploit current trends in global flavor systems and leverage these in PCH products
• Proven communication and collaboration skills
• Proven scientific and technical leadership and problem solving abilities

Equal Employment Opportunity

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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