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Scientist Flavour & Food


Great R&D opportunity for an MSc or PhD who want to learn, research and develop their skills within the competence area of Flavour and Food. Will you become our new R&D talent who will pioneer with cultures around the world?


Are you a curious and courageous scientist who wants to innovate and develop broader skills in an international, inclusive business environment? Do you have experience in flavour and analytical chemistry with a talent for understanding both descriptive and predictive problems in experimental flavour and food science? Are you creative in designing and applying new tools and innovative analytical lab techniques with a passion for experimentation in order to win in best consumer-focused innovation?

Would you like to explore how we can move more consumers to more healthy and sustainable products?


Then we do have a great vacancy in Flavour and Food Science to develop knowledge and research to drive consumer-focused innovation of our drinks portfolio.


The team

At our R&D department, we passionately develop knowledge and technology in order to grow and protect the HEINEKEN business. Our R&D vision is to surprise and excite our consumer with healthy and sustainable products.

You will join a cross-disciplinary, multicultural R&D team, working in an agile matrix organisation to facilitate and accelerate consumer-focused decisions for innovation and growth.

You will collaborate cross-functionally and beyond R&D with Marketing, Consumer & Market Insights, Procurement, Finance, Production, Quality and Supply chain colleagues as well as partners and research institutes across the globe.

Your responsibilities

As a Scientist Flavour and Food you are responsible to:

  • Act as the global key contact of Chemistry, Food and Flavour to accelerate informed-based decision taking and build a winning portfolio of drinks
  • Embed applied research faster into programmes and projects to drive successful identification, scoping and implementation of solutions into consumer relevant innovations
  • (Co-)develop new research initiatives (on experimental and project scale) to support our portfolio. Including analytical guidance and quality control on new ingredients, e.g vitamins, natural flavours
  • Challenge internal and external stakeholders how to research in minimum viable ways to deliver fast and agile in collaborative team work
  • Build the Flavour and Food Science capability: Learning, experimenting and developing new tools that correlate analytical product composition to sensory profiles of consumers
  • Advance the state of the art in analytical instrumentation and methodology including work with IP and patents
  • Building networks in- and outside Heineken. Pro-actively keep up with trends & developments in the field of Flavour chemistry, Analytical chemistry, Food chemistry 


Your profile

  • In order to be successful in this opportunity we expect you to have:
  • Minimum 4 years work experience in a Chemistry, Flavour and Food role. (GC-O or pharmacological knowledge nice to have)
  • Experience in both fundamental scientific research and applied research with drive for fast and agile experimentation
  • Highly talented in interpretation of data: Capable to translate detailed insights into helicopter view and business contexts to lead recommendation for decision-takers
  • Role model in challenging the status quo with a courageous & curious learning behaviour 



When you are at HEINEKEN you are:

  • Able to GoPlaces; experience new things and meet colleagues from different cultures along your way
  • Motivated to try new ideas and insights: we love to pioneer and develop ourselves with you!
  • In the lead of your own flexible reward package. Exchange leave days for extra salary? It’s up to you!



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Do you want to know more about this
vacancy or the application process? Feel free to contact Remy Rooijackers, Talent Acquisition Lead HNS via

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