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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 5.1 billion in 2017. Headquartered in Switzerland with local presence in over 100 locations, the company has more than 11,100 employees worldwide. Givaudan invites you to discover more at www.givaudan.com.

Category Technical Sr Manager - Microbiome

Join us and celebrate the beauty of human experience. Create for happier, healthier lives, with love for nature. Together, with our customers, we deliver food innovations, craft inspired fragrances and develop beauty and wellbeing solutions. There’s much to learn and many to learn from, with more than 16,800 employees around the world to explore ideas and ambitions with. 
In the USA, we develop, market and produce a wide array of solutions from our 25 most innovative sites, based across the country. Stretch your skills, create and get inspiration from passionate colleagues. Every day, your energy, your thirst for knowledge, and your creativity will shape our future, making a positive difference on billions of people. Every essence of you enriches our world. We are Givaudan. Human by nature.

Job Purpose
As Category Technical Sr Manager – Microbiome you will lead global science and technology initia-tives linked to microbiome. You will establish new research programs to develop and commer-cialize new ingredients and enable food experiment. Your role will have a strong focus on ingre-dients that have the ability to modulate the microbiome. 
You will translate the business needs into a technical strategy resulting in projects that range from new dietary ingredient development to their proof of efficacy on human physiology. More-over, you will manage the technical category team to meet the milestones. As category sponsor you will also guide all innovation projects in the category towards commercialization. You will be based in East Hanover, New Jersey and report directly to the Head of Explore Health & Nutri-tion.

 

Core Responsibilities


Strategy Management
•    Build the technical innovation roadmap for the Microbiome category to create differentiation via science, and new products
•    Ensure alignment of programs and functional area targets with the microbiome category strate-gy
•    Review competitors, intellectual property and regulatory landscape as part of the exercise to identify gaps, needs and constraints
•    Ensure state-of-the-art landscapes and balanced technology roadmaps for defined technical category 
•    Provide a view of how to best use Science and Technology foundation projects in microbiome to deliver the strategy, in vitro studies, data science and human clinical studies
•    Review innovation roadmaps with our regional partner to gain regional approval and validation with local markets
•    Monitor progress of programs for the technical category innovation portfolio

 

Innovation Management
•    Monitor technological advances in all relevant disciplines
•    Identify external partners and work with functional heads to incorporate new external technolo-gies in the innovation portfolio
•    Participate in the collective effort to build a new laboratory by selecting the right technologies and equipment
•    Consults and collaborates with relevant stakeholders to build food experience opportunities
•    Connects and identifies relevant and disruptive technologies (internal and external) to the platform needs with a holistic approach to food solutions

 

Team Management
•    Manage a group of Scientific Employees
•    Recruit new talents
•    Set targets, reviews, performance evaluations and talent evaluations for the team
•    Develop Scientists concerning functional competencies

 

Partner Management
•    Ensure effective communication and collaboration across departments inside and outside of Science and Technology
•    Influence and manage stakeholder relations to ensure effective communication and success of projects
•    Provide support and training to regional commercial innovation teams at the time of technical roll-out and commercial launches
•    Provide input to Science and Technology Functional Heads and Flavors Patent Committee
•    Collaborate with the regulatory department and consumer insights to ensure the technologies developed answer specific needs in terms of ingredient labeling and claims
•    Support the ingredient registration strategy worldwide
•    Establish collaborations with subject matter experts outside of the company to bridge technical gaps and remain at the state of the art

 

Academic Background
•    Master or PhD in Microbiology, Human Physiology and/or Food Science


Professional experience

•    10+ years of experience in a similar role in the food industry
•    Experience with leading scientists and science programs
•    Knowledge in microbiome (deep understanding of current knowledge and state of the art)
•    Experienced in delivering ingredient innovation in food and beverages 
•    Experience with market trends and dynamics in the field, competitive landscapes and regulatory framework
•    Track Record of demonstrating ability to Lead, Inspire and Grow people /teams
•    Demonstrated experience in connecting market needs with new product solutions from concept ideation to successful launch
•    Eagnerness to take on a new challenge in a strategic category that is new to the company with a high projected growth
•    Ability to travel within the USA (10-20%) and on occasion internationally

 

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.
Every essence of you enriches our 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.



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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