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R&D Process Safety Group Leader

Location: La Plaine


Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage globally the Process Safety Labs (Switzerland, US, India) which are responsible for carrying out measurements required to assess process hazards of chemical reactions or other unit operations
  • Ensure a holistic approach to the process safety assessments applying state-of-the-art methodologies and techniques to identify and evaluate chemical hazards for the submitted cases, at all scales
  • Provide recommendations and technical assistance for lab experiments and pilot plant trials for a future safe and efficient implementation of our processes in manufacturing plants
  • Be an expert at determining the necessary risk mitigation during safety reviews or as a stand-alone task
  • Lead/contribute to process safety hazard analysis or process safety investigations
  • Establish and maintain a network inside/outside Firmenich with both others Process Safety experts as well as the R&D / Operations communities
  • Contribute and improve the process safety culture globally


We value:

  • PhD or Master Degree in Chemical Engineering, Organic Chemistry or equivalent education with minimum 5 to 10 years’ experience in the Process Safety Assessment in fine chemical industry, with in-depth knowledge of process safety lab activities and organic chemistry
  • Thorough understanding and experience of industrial risks assessment in the fine chemical industry
  • Working experience in production or pilot plant facility would be a strong plus
  • Clear understanding of hazards generated by the combination of process and equipment during scale-up and transfers in production
  • Very strong personal HSE culture
  • Curious, open-minded with excellent communication skills and team-player spirit
  • Capacity to work independently, good organization skills with team management, priority and result oriented
  • Fluent in English and French


We offer:

  • Firmenich is a leading international F&F company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Our reputation for excellence as a creator and manufacturer of specialties, flavour and perfumery products is recognized worldwide.
  • The Synthesis department, Corporate Research & Development Division, is continually striving to improve the position of Firmenich towards a first class company in process safety