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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.

Lean Manager Operations

As Lean Manager Operations you will lead the implementation of manufacturing excellence programs within a small/medium site to embed best practices, strengthen a continuous improvement mindset and improve non-value added activities. This is an exciting career opportunity for a dynamic, autonomous, continuous improvement minded and change professional to embrace a team bases culture. You will be based in Bischofszell, travelling once a month to Burgdorf and report directly to the Site Operations Manager Naturex.


Sounds interesting? If you aim to exceed customer expectations, provide value to and desire to build relationships with our partners, this could well be the perfect opportunity for you.


You will:


Strategy design and execution 

  • Contribute to the design of local Operations strategies by advising on the schedule and execution of Manufacturing Excellence programs 
  • Elaborate the manufacturing excellence strategy for the assigned site-based on global OPEX strategy and oversee the production of related tactical and operational plans to meet local Operations goals

Lean management

  • Determine the local Lean program and step change improvement opportunities in collaboration with site leadership and challenge the local Operations organization in identifying OPEX opportunities to establish fundamental changes to the value stream 
  • Prioritize improvement areas and related actions, and support site teams selecting best tools/methods from the Lean toolbox to complete the improvement plans
  • Establish Lean certification standards to be met with the Site Operations management and measure level of achievement

Project management 

  • Track implementation progress of approved OPEX programs
  • Monitor resource plans, project team accountabilities, change requests, deadlines, milestones and manage periodic updates to project partners
  • Coach project managers and teams on applying Lean and Six Sigma concepts and tools during solution design and project execution phases

Change management and capability building 

  • Advise Lean/Operational Excellence and Project Managers in developing change management roadmaps
  • Influence local Operations management to contribute to the change journey and negotiate resources and capabilities need 
  • Challenge existing processes to develop solutions and initiate change

Performance  and People Management 

  • Implement performance management system (PMS) for the site and cascade its KPIs
  • Implement SOPs for PMS (Performance Management System), SLA (Service level agreements), PDCA (Problem Solving), Shop floor Scheduling
  • Contribute to the annual human resources processes by providing feedback to line managers regarding performance of project team members
  • Contribute to the development and promotion of functional talents within and outside the Engineering function


Are you someone who wants to grow? Who excels 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 join us.


You have:

  • University degree in Engineering or related discipline (Master preferred) 
  • LEAN and Project Management certification
  • Business Fluent in German and English
  • At least 4 years of experience in a similar role
  • At least 1 year experience in a Lean Implementation role 
  • At least 1 year of experience in people management
  • Experienced working with cross-functional teams and projects
  • Training experience with operators, shift leaders and departmental managers
  • Expert in product processing and industrialization processes
  • Experienced in Project Management (TPM, KPI, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and project controlling tools)
  • Knowledge of value chain diagnostics tools, EHS rules and guidelines 
  • Knowledge of financial concepts (OPEX, CAPEX) and tools (SAP)

Our Benefits

  • Variable pension fund contribution
  • Free parking slots
  • Excellent opportunities for progressive learning and development
  • Company shop


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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