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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.

Sr. Continuous Improvement Specialist

Sr. Continuous Improvement Specialist

Job Purpose
The Sr. Continuous Improvement Specialist leads the execution of Continuous Improvement initiatives within a site / function in order to embed best practices, reinforce a continuous improvement mind-set and streamline non-value added activities.


Core Responsibilities

Business Alignment
●    Contribute to the design of Site/Business Unit strategies and deployment plans 
●    Proactively identify and quantify improvement opportunities; develop action plans accordingly.

People Engagement
●    Support in deploying  CI Awareness workshops to all teams (e.g. CI basics training)
●    Enable everyone to actively share Good Practices (e.g. through active communication, newsletter)

Capability Building
●    Follow up of CI capability building governance at Team/shop floor level 
●    Develop people by delivering training, coaching and mentoring for basic CI Methodologies
●    Training includes:  CI Basics (5S, 8Wastes, Problem Solving), Yellow, Visual Performance Management, CI Maturity Assessment

Problem Solving
●    Follow up of Problem Solving building governance at Team/shop floor level 
●    Coach project teams in applying effective problem solving (root cause analysis)

Performance Management
●    Set up and support the effective implementation of daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly performance management reviews at shift, department and site level including the definition of lagging and leading indicators

Continuous Improvement Maturity Assessment (CIMA)
●    Continuous Improvement Maturity Assessment (CIMA):
●    Support the CI Manager / Lead / Site or Business Unit to prepare the CIMA Assessment and follow up with the teams based on CIMA outcome

Process Efficiency
●    Train, coach and inspire teams in applying relevant CI tools and methodologies for improving Processes and Asset Efficiencies;

Work Standard
●    Support process owners on development and maintenance of CI related work standards
●    Enable teams to apply and comply with work standards (e.g. SOPs, OPLs)

Business Impact
●    Lead or support specific business improvement projects
●    Coach project teams on applying Lean and Six Sigma tools during project execution phases.
●    Drive implementation progress of assigned CI projects/programs, monitoring resource plans, project team accountabilities, change requests, deadlines, milestones, change management roadmaps, communications etc. and manage periodic updates 
●    Responsible for reporting the financial and non-financial benefits for assigned improvement projects


Academic Background
●    BA in related field
●    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification or equivalent required; Black Black certification or equivalent  is an advantage


Professional Experience
●    +3 years in continuous improvement.
●    Proven results on leading improvement projects, training and  coaching;
●    Training experience with operators, shift leaders and departmental managers.
●    Exposure to cross-functional teams and projects


Technical Skills
●    Advising, Training and Coaching Skills
●    Stakeholder Management skills
●    Project & Change Management skills

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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