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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 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.

SAMEA Regional Product Manager - Snacks & Savoury


A Regional Product Manager with the global leader in the creation of Taste & Wellbeing and Fragrance & Beauty, and an essential member of our Taste & Wellbeing Regional Innovation team focussing on the exciting Snacks & Savoury categories for the dynamic SAMEA (South Asia, Middle East, and Africa) region, while being based in our Dubai office - Your future position?


To support our exciting new ways of working for our SAMEA (South Asia, Middle East, and Africa) region, we are now hiring for a ‘Regional Product Manager for Snacks & Savoury’ role for our Regional Innovation organisation for the Taste & Wellbeing (T&W) business. 


You will be fundamental in driving the development and commercialisation of new technologies and technical initiatives in line with the segment strategy. In addition, you will be the Snacks & Savoury product portfolio expert for the region, ensuring competitiveness and relevance for our customers. The role offers excellent opportunities to interact and collaborate with a wide range of partners in our Commercial organisation, Science and Technology (S&T), Taste & Wellbeing Creation and Application, Purchasing, Sales, and Marketing. 


This is an individual contributor role based in our Dubai office in the United Arab Emirates and directly reporting to the Taste & Wellbeing (T&W) Head of Regional Innovation for the SAMEA region. You will be a key member of our T&W Regional Innovation team. 


You will work for a company that touches billions of consumers more than a hundred times a day. With its heritage stretching back over 250 years, Givaudan has a long history of innovating scents and tastes. Our passion is to collaborate with customers and partners to develop game-changing innovations in the food & beverage, fragrance and beauty industries. We have a culture that works to inspire, challenge and capture the heart and soul of consumers and customers. Our customers in SAMEA have local, regional, and international profiles, bringing diversity and curiosity to your daily job..


Sounds interesting? It could well be your perfect opportunity if, like us, you always aim to exceed customer needs, can deliver value, are skilled at fostering excellent relationships, and have a highly discerning palate!


In this exciting role, you will:


Manage the Snacks & Savoury product and technology portfolio -

• Manage the regional product portfolio to ensure it is relevant, competitive, profitable and aligned with the business strategy.
• Become the regional subject matter expert for assigned products and technologies.
• Actively manage the existing product portfolio, identify non-performing products and recommend deletion where appropriate.
• Help deliver the sales and gross margin targets, working closely with the pricing and relevant teams to define price levels.


Define the innovation needs and manage the innovation pipeline - 


• Manage the complete innovation pipeline for the Snacks & Savoury segment, leading complex innovation projects with several stakeholders in the SAMEA region.
• Identify business development opportunities and define innovation needs and gaps for the region.
• Gather and provide business justification and local market requirements (e.g., sales/profit projections, regulatory requirements, product performance expectations) for the identified innovation projects in collaboration with the Science & Technology (S&T), Taste & Wellbeing Creation & Application team, and the Marketing Managers.
• Interacts with S&T, Operations, and Supply Chain to identify and resolve product cost and supply issues.
• Provide inputs into the global product strategy led by the Global Product Managers.


Drive the commercialisation of innovation - 


• Build commercialisation plans and develop customer-relevant value propositions for the product portfolio.
• Engage with local stakeholders (Marketing, Taste & Wellbeing Creation & Application team, and Sales) to drive product launches in the region and identify customer opportunities (e.g., jointly develop the promotional plan, arrange salesforce training with local marketing, coordinate the development of samples and demos)
• Support the technical team to prepare for the launch of new products and technologies via the development of proper training materials and direct support.
• Ensure that new ingredients and regional versions of flavours are provided to all relevant markets with all the required information related to the new products (regulatory requirement, pricing, etc.).
• Supports the presentation of new products and technologies to key customer targets.




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: 


• A University degree in a relevant discipline. 
• 7+ years of relevant experience managing product platforms for the Snacks and/or Savoury category(ies) for the food or flavour industry.
• A technical background with a combination of B2B Commercial/Marketing experience gained in an international environment will be advantageous.
• A solid understanding and passion for innovation management and the commercialisation of new products.
• Comfortable in working and collaborating with diverse teams and cultures. 
• Excellent oral and written proficiency in the English language. Knowledge of additional languages like Arabic and French will be advantageous. 
• Willing to travel within the SAMEA (South Asia, Middle East, and Africa) region ~ 25% of the time.


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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