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Naturex is an international leader in plant extraction and the development of natural ingredients and solutions for the food, health and beauty sectors. Naturex operates its business through three business units, food and beverage, health and nutrition and personal care. The company operates 16 production locations around the world and employs around 1,700 people. Naturex became part of Givaudan in 2018. 

Givaudan is a global leading company in taste and wellbeing, and fragrance and beauty. With its heritage stretching back over 250 years, the Company has a long history of innovating scents and tastes. The company is committed to driving purpose-led, long-term growth while leading the way to improve happiness and health for people and nature. In the fiscal year 2020, the Company employed over 15,800 people worldwide and achieved sales of CHF 6.3 billion and a free cash flow of 12.8% of sales. Let’s imagine together on www.givaudan.com

Continuous Improvement Lead


Continuous Improvement Lead in the creation of Taste & Wellbeing and Fragrances & Beauty, and an essential part of our Naturex France Team - Your future position?


  • Lead the implementation of continuous improvement initiatives within a large/complex site to embed best practices, reinforce a continuous improvement mindset and streamline non-value added activities.
  • Act as CI partner for local OPS Management team, being part of that committee.
  • Empower management and teams to feed project pipeline, and ensure business case and financial benefits are well established prior to project selection


In this exciting role, you will be responsible for:


Strategy design and execution

  • Contribute to the design of local Operations strategies by advising on the schedule and execution of key Continuous Improvement initiatives.
  • Work with the Regional head of CI and contribute to a regional strategy


Continuous Improvement Management

  • Define the local Continuous Improvement program and step-change improvement opportunities in collaboration with site leadership and challenge the local Operations organization in identifying OPEX opportunities in order to define fundamental changes to the value stream.
  • Ensure alignment in priorities, and related actions, and support site teams selecting the best tools/methods from the CI toolbox to execute the improvement initiatives.
  • Coordinate Lean certification standards with the Site Operations management and measure level of achievement.


Project Management

  • Track implementation progress of approved CI projects/programs, monitoring resource plans, project team accountabilities, change requests, deadlines, milestones, etc. and manage periodic updates to project stakeholders.


Change management and Capability building

  • Advise CI and Project Managers in developing change management roadmaps.
  • Influence local Operations management to engage in the change journey and negotiate resources and capabilities needs.
  • Challenge existing processes/practices and coach project teams in applying effective problem solving to develop solutions and initiate change.
  • Assess local capability gaps and develop and implement solutions with the Site Operations management to close these, e.g. trainings, resource changes, etc.


Your professional profile includes:


Academic Background

  • University degree in Engineering or related discipline (Master preferred).
  • LEAN certification.


Professional Experience

  • Overall work experience of 7 to 10 years including of which at least 3 years in a Lean implementation role.
  • 2 to 5 years of progressive experience in people management.
  • Experience in managing cross-functional teams and projects.
  • Training experience with operators, shift leaders and departmental managers.


Sounds interesting? It could well be your perfect opportunity if you love staying ahead of the curve, always aim to add value, and am collaborative.


Our benefits:


  • Attractive package with benefits.
  • Excellent opportunities for progressive learning and development.
  • A creative team environment that will inspire you.


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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