Profession fragrance chemist

Fragrance chemists develop and improve fragrance chemicals by formulating, testing and analysing fragrances and their ingredients so that the end product meets the expectations and the needs of customers.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Analytical chemistry

    Instruments and methods used to separate, identify and quanitfy matter - the chemical components of natural and artificial materials and solutions.

  • Cosmetics industry

    Suppliers, products and brands in the cosmetic industry.

  • Good manufacturing practices

    Regulatory requirements and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) applied in the relevant manufacturing sector.

Skills

  • Create fragrances formulae

    Create chemical fromulae for the already reseached new fragrances.

  • Translate formulae into processes

    Translate, by means of computer models and simulations, the specific laboratory formulae and findings into production processes.

  • Prepare chemical samples

    Prepare the specific samples such as gas, liquid or solid samples in order for them to be ready for analysis, labeling and storing samples according to specifications.

  • Manage chemical testing procedures

    Manage the procedures to be used in chemical testing by designing them and conducting tests accordingly.

  • Calibrate laboratory equipment

    Calibrate laboratory equipment by comparing between measurements: one of known magnitude or correctness, made with a trusted device and a second measurement from another piece of laboratory equipment. Make the measurements in as similar a way as possible.

  • Document analysis results

    Document on paper or on electronic devices the process and the results of the samples analysis performed.

  • Check quality of raw materials

    Check the quality of basic materials used for the production of semi-finished and finished goods by assessing some of its characteristics and, if needed, select samples to be analysed.

  • Run laboratory simulations

    Run simulations on prototypes, systems or newly developed chemical products using laboratory equipment.

  • Use chemical analysis equipment

    Use the laboratory equipment such as Atomic Absorption equimpent, PH and conductivity meters or salt spray chambre.

  • Write specifications

    Write documents where the expected characteristics of a product or service are specified. Make sure all necessary properties of the product or service are covered. Balance the level of detail with the need for flexibility.

  • Assess the feasibility of implementing developments

    Study developments and innovation proposals in order to determine their applicability in the business and their feasibility of implementation from various fronts such as economic impact, business image, and consumer response.

  • Research fragrances

    Research new chemical ingredients in order to develop new and better fragrance chemicals.

  • Test fragrances against customer satisfaction

    Test a new set of fragrances on a chosen group of volunteer customers in order to check how they react on the new products and which is their level of satisfaction.

  • Test chemical samples

    Perform the testing procedures on the already prepared chemical samples, by using the necessary equipment and materials. Chemical sample testing involves operations such as pipetting or diluting schemes.

  • Define technical requirements

    Specify technical properties of goods, materials, methods, processes, services, systems, software and functionalities by identifying and responding to the particular needs that are to be satisfied according to customer requirements.

  • Decide on fragrance titles

    Create the fragrance titles so that they reflect the smell of the newly developed fragrance.

Optional knowledge and skills

cleaning products food product ingredients olfaction develop new food products gas chromatography negotiate supplier arrangements communicate with external laboratories biological chemistry botany oversee quality control use a computer food flavourings advise on fragrances food allergies perform calorimeter operation chemical preservation control production molecular biology