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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

CI Specialist, Changzhou

Continuous Improvement Specialist


Job Purpose

Lead the execution of Continuous Improvement initiatives within a site in order to embed best practices, reinforce a continuous improvement mindset and streamline non-value added activities.


Core Responsibilities

Strategy design and execution

  • Contribute to the design of the local Continuous Improvement strategy and deployment plans for the assigned site based on global CI Road Map strategy.
  • Design and execute of related projects to meet local Operations objectives.

Continuous Improvement management

  • Identify and quantify improvements opportunities proactively together with site Operations teams, and use best tools/methods from the CI toolbox to develop solutions and execute these.
  • Leverage internal and external Lean network to capture and eventually deploy best practices within the organization.

Project Management

  • Execute approved CI projects, monitoring resource plans, project team accountabilities, change requests, deadlines, milestones, etc. and providing periodic updates to project stakeholders.
  • Lead Continuous Improvement projects assigned.
  • Proactively identify and quantify improvement opportunities; develop action plans accordingly.
  • Leads stable operations regular activity/evens and coordinates the projects agenda and updates.
  • Coach project teams on applying Lean and Six Sigma concepts and tools during solution design and project execution phases.
  • Change management and Capability building.
  • Support project managers in developing change management roadmaps and related communication strategies.
  • Challenge existing processes/practices and coach project teams in applying effective problem solving to develop solutions and initiate change.
  • Train site Operations teams on Lean principles to close capability gaps and promote a culture of continuous improvement.

Performance Management

  • Support the implementation of Operational Improvement Plan (OIP) for the site and cascade its KPIs.


Academic Background

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


Professional experience

  • Overall work experience of 2 to 4 years in continuous improvement.
  • 1 year of people management experience preferred.
  • Training experience with operators, shift leaders and departmental managers.

Technical Skills

  • Good knowledge of product processing and industrialization processes.
  • Master Lean / Six Sigma tools & methodologies.
  • Good command in stakeholder management and communications.
  • Good command in process mapping and design.
  • Good knowledge of value chain diagnostics tools.
  • Good knowledge of EHS rules and guidelines.
  • General knowledge of financial concepts (e.g. OPEX, CAPEX) and tools (e.g. SAP).
  • Proficient in basic software tools with ability to learn/master new applications.


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