Director of Innovation (US)

Treatt USA 4900 Lakeland Commerce Parkway, Lakeland, Florida, 33805

Full Time | Posted 26 weeks ago


Location: Lakeland, Florida, USA
Hours: 40 hours per week

The Opportunity

As the Director of Innovation, you will support a global approach to innovation, utilising our extensive expertise to create a highly advanced and value added technical capability for the organisation. You will provide the vision, technical direction and leadership to a dedicated team responsible for the design, development and maintenance of innovative and market-leading products, which will enable Treatt to increase market share within existing and new markets.

What it’s like to work here

We’ve been making the world taste better since 1886 and sell over 3000 products in more than 90 countries, but we’re only just getting started. We’re on an exciting journey and have ambitious plans to become the indispensable partner of choice for the world’s leading flavour and fragrance houses, beverage and consumer brands.

On joining Treatt, you’ll become one of over 350 international experts, working together to collectively surprise and delight our customers. Nothing is more important to us than the happiness of our people as without them, we’d never succeed.

We think Treatt’s a great place to work, but don’t just take our word for it:

“Everyone wants your feedback and opinion; it feels like a place of study where nurturing and encouragement are the standard. It is very clear the hard work that goes into providing excellence for customers, but it is also very apparent that managers have the same goals for helping us all to progress.” – Anita, Innovation Scientist

“Joining my close and supportive team was the most enjoyable way to gain more skills and increase my knowledge” – Ashley, Distillation Control Team Leader
“Treatt creates an environment to help you be the best you can, with no two days the same and opportunities always available to help you learn and develop. The people and the culture create a fantastic company to be part of” – Rebecca, Commercial Coordinator

What you’ll be doing

The responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to :
• Create and deliver a global technical innovation strategy
• Work in collaboration with the commercial team, to drive business success through a suite of products that delivers to customer wants and creates needs through innovative solutions
• Horizon scanning through organisation and industry research to identify a wide range of innovative technologies
• Accountable for developing and driving R&D across the Company’s portfolio for new product development
• Implement and maintain the overall project plan and monitor the progress of projects
• Coordination of synergies globally, driving change and innovative process improvement initiatives
• Working to support the team in evaluating, researching, planning and conducting experiments leading to the commercialization of innovative concepts
• Instigate and facilitate innovative thinking platforms which lead to the creation of novel ideas
• Lead a team of experts in the development of products and processes which are innovative, competitive, "designed for manufacture" and safe
• Build strong relationships with internal stakeholders
• Communicate the innovation value proposition for the Marketing teams
• Lead and inspire the team, driving them to deliver their own successes, and supporting people to achieve their best whilst supporting their wider needs
• Develop the commercial acumen of the team, enabling focus on profitability and ROI in relation to all processes and product ranges
• Continually explore opportunities to modernize the laboratory working practices, utilizing technology led automation wherever possible, and initiating appropriate teams to deliver

What we’re looking for

If you have a genuine passion for what you do and want to work in an environment that celebrates progress, teamwork and dedication, you may be just what we are looking for. We want you to love your work and bring that energy to the job every day, no matter what the task.
The successful candidate will have a Masters degree or PhD in a science-based discipline (preferably Chemistry) or someone who has a scientific background and/or relevant extensive equivalent technical experience. Relevant industry experience specifically in speciality chemicals / flavour and fragrance will be required, or experience in Food or beverage industry.

The successful candidate will have previous experience in a similar role, or this will be considered the ‘next natural step’. A Strategic thinker, you will have a good previous track record of developing strategies and turning them into successful business plans. You will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership skills, providing a supportive, results focused leadership, and delivering a cohesive and collaborative high performing team.

The right candidate will be self-motivated with the ability to manage your own workload as well as hit deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrating a strong business acumen to provide sound judgement, you will be a confident decision maker.

You will demonstrate excellent communication skills, with an ability to establish and maintain effective communication with peers and senior management. You will hold presentations, facilitate meetings and trainings, and create accurate reports as required.

A creative capacity will be essential in generating solutions to unique issues. You will be trustworthy, hold confidence and resilience when faced with challenging situations.
You will possess a desire to deliver a quality end user experience, and demonstrate experience of building relationships to earn trust, respect, credibility with productive interactions. The right candidate will possess excellent Project Management skills, with an ability to sponsor multiple projects, juggling different demands and ensuring focussed delivery

What we’ll do for you

We offer an excellent package which includes a competitive salary; a performance related bonus, generous vacation time as well as the opportunity to purchase additional vacation.
You will experience an intensive training period which will give you the opportunity to learn about every part of Treatt.

With the encouragement and development you need, we help you to become your ultimate you. Beyond building a successful career, we also support the wishes and ambitions of our staff outside of the office in achieving a healthy work/life balance - the wellbeing of our staff is paramount to us, which we actively promote and support by regularly delivering a variety of wellbeing initiatives and offering working from home options.

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