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Mintel Patent Analyst – Food & Drink / Beauty & Personal Care in London, United Kingdom

Patent Analyst – Food & Drink / Beauty & Personal Careat Mintel


Mintel has developed a partnership with a company providing patent analysis software under the Cipher brand. Mintel is using Cipher to undertake global patent analysis in the Food & Drink and Beauty & Personal Care sectors in order to produce insights that complement our existing consumer, market and innovation expertise. Patents can often be used as a predictor of innovation trends and can identify new technologies that will shape these sectors. We now seek a dedicated patent analyst to help ramp up the insight content using patent analysis in our syndicated offering.

As part of Mintel’s Food Science team this analyst will be mining patent data and identifying hot spots of global patent activity. There will be an element of competitor intelligence, as well as the identification of patents that tap into major trends or demonstrate a new focus of investment. Turning this analysis into content for publication on Mintel’s client platforms will also be a focus so the ability to write and present data clearly is required.

This position is based in Mintel’s global head office in London and is for a fixed term of 1 year.

What you will be doing:

  • Mining the Cipher database and working with the Cipher team to build reports within a defined patent classification system for food & drink, and beauty & personal care sectors.

  • Working closely with, and feeding analysis to, category and technical sector experts and working with them to build actionable insights.

  • Contributing own written content on patent trends to be published on the Mintel platform and identifying what it means for the sectors covered.

  • Working with Mintel’s client consultancy teams to define patent analysis input into bespoke projects and helping to deliver the analysis and build the final deliverables and actionable recommendations for clients.

  • Help to promote Mintel’s patent analysis capability, working alongside Mintel’s PR team and including writing blogs.

  • Support commercial teams in helping clients understand Mintel’s patent analysis capabilities, including assisting with responding to incoming queries.

  • Joining meetings with clients and presenting analysis to them where relevant.

What We Are Looking For:

  • Ideally R&D / technical experience of the food & drink or beauty & personal care industries - gained from working within, or serving, the industry.

  • Preferably a related technical industry degree.

  • Competitive intelligence experience an advantage.

  • Working knowledge of intellectual property field an advantage.

  • Comfortable working with large data sets and technical language and being able to analyse and see patterns behind data and identify what it means for companies active in the industries of interest.

  • Technical and creative writing, ability to write concise and insightful analysis.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively multitask in a fast-paced environment.

  • Self-starter capable of maintaining efficient work schedule with minimal supervision.

  • Confidence to deliver presentations to small groups.

  • Must have a positive attitude and be energetic.