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Director, Microbiome and Hygiene - San Diego, CA

Director, Microbiome and Hygiene – R&D


The successful candidate will have the mission to:
1) build and lead a team focusing on skin biology, microbiome and immunity
2) coordinate - via a functional reporting line – our global team of microbiologists working on hygiene and microbially-generated malodors
3) contribute to the Company strategy on Hygiene and Microbiome


This position requires a proven understanding of the mechanisms underlying skin health and how to leverage cell-to-microbe interactions with the purpose to deliver skin benefits. An excellent understanding of microbial population dynamics and its relevance in personal and household hygiene is also a must.


We are looking for an individual with entrepreneurial spirit, clear-thinking pattern and proven scientific leadership, with a clear understanding of how to create business value from science.

We provide:
- A world-class infrastructure in a R&D center characterized by strong collaborative spirit between teams
- Encouragement to propose and initiate research programs
- Possibility to influence strategic decision-making


Key Responsibilities:
• Build and lead the skin biology and microbiome team
• Discover the benefits of Firmenich ingredients on skin, including via microbiome-altering properties
• Coordinate our global Microbiology team to deliver on personal and household hygiene applications
• By interfacing with R&D and Business, actively participate in shaping the R&D strategy for Hygiene and Microbiome and support its implementation
• Identify and assess cutting-edge technologies and partnership opportunities, both with private and academic players


• PhD degree in microbiology or other relevant field
• Ten years of experience in a relevant R&D position, preferably in an industrial setting (Fine Chemicals, Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical or FMCG industries)
• Excellent communication and networking ability
• Able to operate in a Company with a global geographical footprint
• Fluent in English


We value:

•Energetic and results-oriented scientists with track record of success
•Effective organization and excellent communication skills
•Passion for learning new things
•Great attention to safety regulations and guidelines

•Flexibility, multitasking and team work

We offer:
•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 beauty and fragrance industries
•The opportunity to learn how to understand consumers and how to meet their needs effectively

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran


At Firmenich, we create an environment in which employees are valued, motivated and encouraged to reach their full potential. We foster entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative teamwork with freedom to act within our strategic plans. We recruit and develop the best talents, rewarding them accordingly.

We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and an outstanding benefits program that features:

* Generous Paid Time Off!
* Quarterly Bonus Potential!
* Retirement Plans!
* 401(k) with Company Match!
* Low Cost Medical, Dental & Rx & Vision Coverage!
* Tuition Assistance for Employees and Children!
* Flexible Spending Accounts!
* Tobacco-Free Campus!
* And Many More Employee-Friendly Programs!

Nearest Major Market: San Diego

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