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Givaudan is a global leading company in taste and wellbeing, fragrance and beauty. With its heritage stretching back over 250 years, the Company has a long history of innovating scents and tastes. From a favourite drink to your daily meal, from prestige perfumes to cosmetics and laundry care, its creations inspire emotions and delight millions of consumers the world over. 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 2019, the Company employed over 14,900 people worldwide and achieved sales of CHF 6.2 billion and a free cash flow of 12.7% of sales. Let’s imagine together on www.givaudan.com.

Operations Leadership Trainee

Within 18-24 months of your rotation in our operations leadership program you will have an insight view into several departments within the operational functions at Givaudan. With on-the-job training and project management opportunities you will develop your soft and hard skills. This program is ideal for graduates with first professional experience and with an interest in leveraging core technical and project management skills into an expert role in a people-intensive manufacturing/production environment. This position reports directly to the Head of Operations who will act as a mentor for this program. 

Sounds interesting? It could well be your perfect opportunity if you appreciate to work in a cross-functional team and to make an impact on operational performance.
This program includes the following core deliverables:


  • Functional Rotations (18-24 months): Associates will be assigned to different rotations to provide them with a strong understanding of all areas critical to the Operations function. During each rotation, the associate will be assigned a “Departmental Sponsor/ Learning Leader” to oversee the associate’s time, work and training in that area (Production, Plant Maintenance and Engineering, Supporting Departments such as Quality Control and Process Technology)
  • Project Management: Associates will be given technical projects and CI projects to either manage or participate on throughout the program
  • Leadership Development: Involves the transition of the associate into a leadership role within Givaudan, associates will begin developing advanced people-leadership skills and will be responsible for supervising and coordinating all efforts related to the tactical day-to-day operation of the depart-ment

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:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree within Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
  • First experience in an industrial/manufacturing setting such as pharma or food industry is preferred
  • Project management experience of advantage
  • Hands-on approach and superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • Lean / Continuous Improvement (CI) knowledge is a plus 
  • Business Fluent in German and English


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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