An experience to savour
Dana, Applications Chemist, North America
"I always knew I wanted to enter the fragrance world. I started with Givaudan on a summer internship, stayed in touch, and was rewarded with a full time position straight after my degree! I am responsible for making up perfume formulas; putting together fine fragrances with different ingredients and checking the end product.
Telling people what I do is a real conversation starter. Most people are really interested, and I am always being asked if I have a fragrance recommendation. I love hearing different people’s opinions, questions and memories around scents; it’s so much fun!
A raw material I use often at work has a damp, mossy, woody smell. Whenever I work with it I am immediately transported to my grandparents’ cottage on Lake Michigan, and our happy, comforting and simple family holidays."
Vanessa, Third Year Apprentice, Switzerland
"In 2013 I began a summer placement at Givaudan, which turned into an official three-year apprenticeship.
I get the chance to work in 11 different departments! My whole apprenticeship experience will give me a 360° insight into the company.
My most amazing experience so far was the chance to recreate a very famous perfume. We had to follow the formula and see if we could exactly match the scent; no one managed it! Afterwards we took the essence of the fragrance and personalised it to us. I was able to take my creation home; that was incredible."
Victor, Fine Fragrance Marketing Manager, France
"I joined Givaudan as an intern, having finished a degree in Chemistry Engineering and a Masters in Business. One of my most inspiring times at Givaudan was as part of the ingredients marketing team, creating travel journals and films about our ethically sourced raw materials.
At Givaudan I combine my technical side and my emotional, storytelling side. I can use these different facets of my personality and do things that leverage both.
I spent a lot of my childhood in a cake shop! The scent of a very small, simple, almond-y cake called a ‘Petit Salisien’, typical to South West France, transports me to that time and place. I find it amazing that just one smell can take me back, in an instant, to a time thirty years ago."