Savoury Flavourist

Job Locations IE-Kildare-Naas
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Company Overview

Kerry today is a world leader in Taste & Nutrition serving the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries and a leading consumer foods processing and marketing organisation in selected EU markets. With sales to over 140 countries worldwide, the Kerry organisation has grown to become a highly successful public company, having achieved sustained profitable growth with current annualised sales in excess of €6.2 billion. Kerry Group now employs over 24,000 people throughout its worldwide activities and operations.


What we do: We supply over 15,000 food, food ingredients and flavour products to customers in more than 140 countries worldwide. Kerry responds to consumer demand for real ingredients with better, more authentic and nutritious taste experiences. Kerry has a renewed focus on Taste & Nutrition where the science of taste merges with the science of nutrition. We combine our deep understanding of taste with our in-depth knowledge of people, culture, life stage and daily nutritional needs. By partnering with Kerry, customers are taken on a journey to make food, beverage and pharma products that people enjoy and feel better about


About our Global Technology & Innovation Centre

Naas is home to Kerry EMEA's Global Technology & Innovation Centre. This state of the art facility has been designed to bring together all our capabilities and technologies in one location. The Centre offers our customers a truly unique relationship experience, working closely with our industry experts in the optimum environment allows them to see firsthand the technologies, innovation and value that we can offer them and their business. This in turn allows customers to develop the unique and innovative products they want, that can be delivered quickly to market and can differentiate their brand in the market place. The Centre facilitates our customers and employees expertise in a way that makes it easy to collaborate and deliver innovative, integrated solutions

Description and Responsibilities

We are now looking for a Savoury Flavourist, reporting to the Senior Flavourist within the Savoury Taste team. They will contribute to Kerry’s growth ambitions within the retail and food service markets developing a wide range of savoury flavours.


Your key responsibilities:

  • Modify and create Savoury flavours using various chemical raw materials, and various other raw materials
  • Study effect of flavors in Savoury applications, including shelf life, stability test, flavour retention test in various applications
  • Work with suppliers to develop / introduce new innovative materials
  • Accurately interpret briefs and provide winning Taste solutions to customers
  • Develop flavours to meet customer requirements / predefined proactive initiatives within given deadlines
  • Understand the complex interactions between flavor chemicals and food compounds that drive product taste
  • Read & interpret analytical & sensorial data / results in order to formulate flavours
  • Understand the effect of industrial processing on finished product taste and how to formulate flavours to withstand these processes
  • Work with applications teams to test flavours in application and to understand improvements that can be made
  • Develop relationships with flavourists at other Kerry businesses & regions to share knowledge & expertise and to expand the scientific understanding of flavor chemistry
  • Prepare and maintain accurate recordkeeping on all assigned projects.
  • Utilize good time management skills while working under pressure
  • Work with Marketing Department, Savory Application Specialists, internal and external customers to create customized presentations for major accounts


A market-leading flavour portfolio at Kerry

Our customers value Kerry’s understanding of flavours. That understanding comes from a long and hard-earned heritage in food and beverages. With our expertise and knowledge, we can help you develop flavours that are authentic and simple and trusted, with clean label alternatives. Kerry’s knowledge of flavours is all encompassing, from development to final application. We understand the effects of processing methods and handling, and we come up with solutions that work. We use sensory and analytical science to validate performance and create flavours that taste great and consumers feel good about.


  • BSc or preferably a Msc in Food Chemistry or related discipline
  • Min. 5 years of experience as Savoury flavourist with proven track record of supporting successful flavour developments.
  • Understanding of aroma chemical raw materials used in Savoury flavours and have the ability to identify aromas and tastes.
  • Naturally inquisitive person, who is willing to challenge long held beliefs norms
  • Open to sharing knowledge & expertise with colleagues
  • Availability to travel 


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