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Givaudan is the global leader in the creation of flavours and fragrances. In close collaboration with food, beverage, consumer product and fragrance partners, Givaudan develops tastes and scents that delight consumers the world over. With a passion to understand consumers’ preferences and a relentless drive to innovate, Givaudan is at the forefront of creating flavours and fragrances that ‘engage your senses’. The Company achieved sales of CHF 5.5 billion in 2018. Headquartered in Switzerland with local presence in over 145 locations, the company has almost 13,600 employees worldwide. Givaudan invites you to discover more at www.givaudan.com.

Head of Delivery Systems

Head of Delivery Systems – Science & Technology - Your future position?


As the Head the Delivery Systems you will lead your team in the Research and Development of novel Encapsulated Fragrance Delivery Systems focused on commercialisation to grow and defend the fragrance business.  You will lead and guide the Science & Technology (S&T) competitive intelligence group.


Sounds interesting? It could well be your perfect opportunity if, like us, you always aim to exceed cus-tomer needs, think beyond to predict the next market theme, deliver value and are skilled at fostering strong relationships. In this exciting role, reporting to the Head of Global Fragrance S&T, you will: 


  • Formulate and deliver a clear vision, research strategy and the short, medium and long-term pipeline of novel encapsulated fragrance solutions which bring benefits to consumers and customers and are successfully commercialised to grow the fragrance business.  
  • Work with business stakeholders to understand customer long-term strategies and consumer needs and translate into relevant, commercial driven innovation initiatives.
  • Manage priorities between new Scientific opportunities and Scientific partnerships/collaborations, selecting those which will drive the strategy and long term business growth. 
  • Stay up to date with latest  developments in the field.
  • Manage and support a team of 30+ FTEs, located in Argenteuil and Singapore and the Competitive Intelligence team (Argenteuil). Coach and guide members of the team, develop talent and address career development. Hiring of new resources. 
  • Project, manage and report all pipeline initiatives with clear deliverables, timelines and stage-gates.  Ensure timely progress of projects through the pipeline.
  • Manage the DS IP portfolio to ensure protection of Givaudan’s inventions and interests and freedom to operate. 
  • Manage the departmental budgets.
  • Engage with internal stakeholders to ensure research initiatives progress efficiently. E.g. Operations to ensure smooth effective and timely technology transfer; Regulatory to ensure programmes are aligned to future regulatory challenges; Technology, Fragrance Delivery team, Perfumers, Fragrance Development, Pricing, Supply Chain and Sales. 
  • Actively Champion the Delivery Systems CoE technologies and innovation pipeline in technical reviews with key customers, (in coordination with Sales) and internally.  Be responsible for Customer understanding of use of Encapsulation technologies.


You ?

Are you someone who wants to grow and shape your own world? Who thrives being in a culture where you can express yourself in a creative team environment? Who wants to collaborate and learn together with teams who are as passionate as you are? Then come join us – and impact your world.

Your professional profile includes:

  • PhD in Chemistry or Polymer Science or other relevant scientific discipline
  • Industry Experience (15 years minimum) F&F, FMCG or Speciality Chemicals
  • Experience in development of Fragrance Encapsulation systems a benefit
  • Leadership skills especially in research programmes providing clear vision and strategy and de-livering against it
  • Track record of working successfully with Open Innovation partners
  • People Management and Development skills and experience
  • Commercial experience and business aptitude
  • Ability to report clearly and accurately and draw conclusions and recommendations
  • IP Management and legal experience in collaboration contracts
  • Fluency in written and oral English and French


  • Drives Vision & Purpose: Painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that moti-vates others to action
  • Strategic Mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.
  • Cultivates Innovation: Strong innovation leadership. Creating new and better ways for the organisation to be successful
  • Customer Focus: Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solu-tions.
  • Drive Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Building Effective Teams: Managing diverse team members and building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals
  • Courage: Stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said

At Givaudan, you contribute to delightful taste and scent experiences that touch people’s lives.
You work within an inspiring teamwork culture – where you can thrive, collaborate and learn from other talented and passionate people across disciplines, regions and divisions.
Join us and Impact Your World

Diversity drives innovation and creates closer connections with our employees, customers and partners.
Givaudan embraces diversity and is committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone impacts our world.

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