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Director, Natural Process Development

At Firmenich people are at the heart of the company, we are committed to equal employment opportunities and value diversity in the workplace.

Job Title: Director, R&D Naturals Process Development 

Location: Grasse, France


Key Responsibilities: 


•    Initiate, lead, deliver and contribute to R&D projects related to the development of Natural ingredients for the Flavor and Fragrance (F&F) industry
•    Lead product development from laboratory to industrialization, including pilot and process transfer 
•    Manage priorities with business representatives to ensure timely delivery of both short and long term projects
•    Drive continuous improvements in process design, cost savings and resource utilization
•    Lead a global team, including scientists and technicians, with oversight of several sites; provide them with necessary scientific, engineering and safety guidance in order to further grow and develop
•    Formulate and execute a strategy for the team in line with the company R&D strategy
•    Develop strong network for Process Engineering by ensuring the team is well connected throughout R&D, with business partners and relevant external partners both locally and globally
•    Assess and incorporate newest technologies either in-house or through strategic partnerships
•    Nurture a culture of work safety in own group and support other teams with process safety expertise


We Value:

•    PhD or MS degree in chemical engineering, process engineering, biochemical engineering or related field. At least 7 years of experience in R&D, preferably in F&F, or Specialty/Fine Chemicals.
•    Sound hands-on skills in the field of unit operation for separation processes.
•    Self-starter, entrepreneur with strategic vision and good understanding on how to create business value from science.
•    Strong ability to build work relationship within R&D, with business partners, IP and regulatory professions, and with external partners (academia, companies).
•    Demonstrated successful leadership in management of people and projects in a global context.
•    Knowledge of Natural products (ideally in F&F industry), botany, microbial fermentation, biotransformation and downstream processing would be a plus.
•    Excellent communication skills and cross collaboration spirit; Fluent in French and English.


We Offer:

•    To play a key role in our purpose to improve the quality of life of our workforce, our families, our local communities and society at large
•    Our expertise goes beyond smell and taste: it is the sum of our peoples' passions and knowledge that allows us to create the best solutions for our customers’ products.
•    The ability to be a part of a highly creative and imaginative team in an incredibly competitive and inspiring industry
•    A fast-paced environment surrounded by some of the biggest talents and brands in the flavors, taste, beauty and fragrance industries
•    Leadership, learning, training and development plans
•    Competitive base salary, variable compensation plans such as profit sharing and an enviable set of benefits
•    Hybrid working arrangements for an enjoyable work and life a balance

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