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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

Engineering Manager

About Us:
Creating clear market leadership in natural extracts and ingredients, Naturex – part of Givaudan, is internationally known as a leader in plant extraction and the development of natural ingredients and solutions for the food, health and beauty sectors. Naturex is headquartered in Avignon, France, with operations in North America.

About the Role:
On this role you will lead the Engineering and Maintenance function in a small/medium manufacturing site with the objective to achieve maximum plant availability in response to operational activity needs for the local unit.
You will report to the Head of Operations.

Main Responsibilities:

Strategy design

  • Provide input to the local Operations business plan and related goals with regards to e.g. engineering projects, production capacity, important maintenance activities, changes in equipment, spare parts inventory.
  • Determine Site Engineering annual targets based on functional strategy and lead and monitor their achievement.


Function management

  • Lead a team of Maintenance & Engineering technicians, and contractors, working on different assignments within engineering and maintenance field.
  • Work with all Engineering functions to ensure analysis and planning of global strategies, plans or best practices.
  • Establish site master plans to capture all Capex, engineering and maintenance plans and lead their execution to address internal customer requirements in the short, mid and long term.
  • Provide input to global or regional Capex programs to anticipate impact on local activities and resources.
  • Propose and implement local Capex projects
  • Manage all routine engineering and maintenance activities, track progress against plan(s) and implement corrective actions in case of deviation.
  • Apply best practices and continuous improvement programs to improve processes and use of resources.
  • Provide outstanding engineering and maintenance service to clients through maintenance work, local projects and coordinate capital investments on site.
  • Maintain compliance of all assets with applicable legal or company standards and harmonization of standards within the departments.
  • Implement Group Engineering projects, guidelines and directives and organize regular trainings to ensure adherence to these and other guidelines (e.g. EHS).
  • Maintain contact to local authorities.
  • Propose budgets and levels of service for engineering and maintenance activities and accomplish these


People management

  • Oversee the development of annual human resources processes for the local Engineering & Maintenance teams and validate related results.
  • Work with local Operations and regional/global E&M management teams and HR Business Partner(s) in developing a local talent pipeline for the function.
  • Promote the development and promotion of talents within and outside the function.


You have:


  • University degree in Engineering or related discipline.
  • Plant Engineering or Maintenance certification.
  • Overall work experience of 4+ years in manufacturing or plant operations, including exposure to factory engineering and
  • maintenance strategy and operational maintenance of production equipment.
  • 3+ years of experience in people management.
  • Proficiency in industrialization and engineering projects including building, process installation and utilities, from design stage to hand-over.
  • Good knowledge of project management.
  • Good knowledge of TPM, Indicators, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and project controlling tools.
  • Good knowledge of process mapping and design.
  • Good knowledge of EHS rules and guidelines.
  • Good knowledge of financial concepts (e.g. OPEX, CAPEX) and tools (e.g. SAP)




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.
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