Innovation Director for Flavours & Fragances company

Innovation Director for Flavours & Fragances company

A Spanish family owned company  engaged in the manufacture of fragances, flavours and animal feed additives with operations in 7 countries and sales offices in more than 40 countries, has created a new position in their Organization Chart named Innovation Director, with the aim of creating, formalizing and embedding Innovation throughout the Organisation, which employs already 600 people.
Reporting to the Group CEO, the newly created Innovation Director position is a key and critical position to their growth. One of the main goals of the role is to transform the company to a one with a culture known for Innovation. The Director of Innovation will be a catalyst to develop such culture.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership: proven ability to deliver value and ability to manage both breakthrough and incremental innovation. Collaborative creation of a rolling 5 year Innovation pipeline.

Strategy: Recognized leader in gauging environment; and ability to translate vision into action items. Develop, implement and manage organisational Innovation Strategy across the whole Group (headquarters and subsidiaries).

General Management: Ability to partner with the Business leaders to define project scope, strategic fit, develop innovation capabilities and resources, rollout ideas, best practices to source ideas and execute initiatives. Cross-fertilization of innovative ideas across different locations.

Competences and Skills

  • Inspire and lead team to influence change
  • Create and define processes, capabilities and metrics around Innovation
  • Interact and cooperate with external research centers and universities
  • Drive transformation, change in behaviors, and operational style across business units
  • Openness, results-oriented, change agent, creative
  • Ability to manage portfolio of ideas and the process from selection to commercialization
  • Thoughtful, observational and assertive
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Team player and collaborator

Candidate will be required to think and act independently; empowered to make decisions based on the strategic needs of the company

Education/Training Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Food Science or equivalent and preferably Master’s Degree in Chemistry, Product Design, New Product Development, MBA or equivalent

PhD with an international profile and prestige

Fluent in English and Spanish and, preferably, French or German

Experience Required

Minimum 10 years working in a similar position for a food company or a technological centre, with minimum 7 years at a senior management level.

Proven track record of leading complex projects, multiple projects concurrently and successful navigation within a matrix organization.

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