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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 5.5 billion in 2018. Headquartered in Switzerland with local presence in over 145 locations, the company has almost 13,600 employees worldwide. Givaudan invites you to discover more at

Senior Category Manager Aroma Chemicals

Senior Category Manager Aroma Chemicals - Your Future Position?

This role can be based in the following locations:

Switzerland (Vernier), UK (Ashford), France (Argenteuil), Spain (Sant Celoni) or in the US (Mount Olive).


In this role reporting to the Segment Procurement Business Partner Consumer Products, you will be a key member in our global organization, working closely with the segment leaders, business and Givaudan Business Solutions (GBS) organization.

You will be empowered to lead and manage the global Aroma Chemicals category together with a team of four Global Category Buyers reporting to you.


In this exciting role you will have the opportunity to:


Develop targeted sourcing strategies


  • Drive the development and implementation of your specific raw material category and lead the strategy development within cross functional teams ;
  • Analyze market and implement risk management strategies for the portfolio.


Portfolio Management & cost optimization


  • Negotiate contracts globally including leading major RFQs ;
  • Identify opportunities for portfolio optimization and actively involve creation and manufacturing ;
  • Own key supplier relationship, and lead GBS escalated supplier conflict resolution ;
  • Ensure adequate contract cover for materials and supplier compliance to contracts, as well as vendor performance at target levels ;
  • Provide sufficient information for business planning process ;
  • Develop cost reduction projects and provide price forecast and market trends for key commodities.


Stakeholder relationship

  • Communicate to key internal stakeholders/Segment BP any market conditions changes which may affect the Business.


People Management

  • Build and develop category managers supported by proper development planning.



  • Enable/Facilitate innovation projects with our key Aroma Chemical suppliers.


Are you an energetic and inspiring self-starter with a lot of passion for the Aroma Chemical category and Procurement? You have an appetite for success, a strong drive for achieving goals, monitoring performance and continuous improvement?



  • University degree and technical background preferred (chemistry / chemical engineering) ;
  • At least 7 years’ experience in Procurement and/or functional experience ;
  • Specific technical and market knowledge in the respective category is an asset ;
  • International exposure in previous roles ;
  • Fluent in English, any other European language a plus ;
  • Proven excellent negotiation skills ;
  • First proven leadership experience ;
  • Cultural awareness and adaptable to fast changing business requirements ;
  • Willingness to travel between 20-50% (global scope)

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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