We want to attract graduates who desire to follow our pioneers' footsteps creating exciting taste and scent solutions

At the starting point of your career, you will be looking for a platform to develop your skills through training programs and mentorship. Our programs focus on both, your job skills and also your personal development. We will encourage you to approach tasks creatively and to inspire those around you. You will help us develop as a company and we will help you develop both within your career and as an individual.

Join us as a graduate and you will contribute to crafting solutions that meet the ever-evolving preferences of consumers worldwide. Besides developing your career and independent of your role, you will always have the chance to improve the products consumers enjoy every day and you will be encouraged to challenge how we think as a company.

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Sustainable HR work

9,387

employees

56

nationalities

90+

global
locations

Discover our business

We offer a fascinating world to explore

This may be new to you: You are almost certainly interacting with our products many times every day

Delivered to over 160 countries, people use our products 20-30 times in the average day. It is a clear testament to the role we play in people's lives – and is the reason why we want people who are passionate about the chance to help us enhance those experiences as consumer needs and desires evolve.

In 2017, we generated €2,996 million in sales across a range of 30,000 products. Our roots go back to 1874 when Ferdinand Tiemann and Wilhelm Haarmann first synthesized vanillin from coniferin in the German town of Holzminden – our global headquarters to this day.

At Symrise, our business comprises three core segments; Flavor, Nutrition and Scent & Care, each with their own distinct product ranges, allowing us to offer unique cross-divisional, end-to-end solutions. Discover in detail who we are and what we stand for here.

Our growth in numbers

5-7%

Annual long-term growth

Growing nearly twice as fast as the market

5%

Expansion of our workforce
in 2017

Get to know our culture

We base our culture on continuous improvement and inspiration

At Symrise, your personal development is our highest priority. It is our obligation to create defined goals and objectives which you can work towards, providing a positive contribution to your development. The following key elements of our corporate culture will allow you to realize your full potential and develop your career with us.

A focus on you

A collaborative culture

We provide clear career paths and allow your performance to dictate how you progress in the business

We foster an open corporate culture and encourage creativity and excellence

We give consistent, structured and transparent feedback

We nurture a strong team-ethic and enable you to collaborate with your peers and learn from them

We offer you individual training and learning opportunities, which suit your long-term development

We create opportunities to cross-network with our wide range of business units globally

We share common values

Our six core values define who we are and what we stand for. We share them across our entire business and they bring an underlying strength to our diversity of people and products. Our key values are creativity, excellence, added value, integrity, sustainability and commitment.

What makes us an ‘Employer of Choice’

Our clear focus on our employees results in their strong commitment. We want to uphold this and develop targeted measures to improve our work environment. To find out what our employees care about, we regularly measure their sentiment with our employee engagement surveys. We feel very proud that 80 % of our staff across our offices in Brazil, Chile, UK, France, Germany, Singapore and the USA completed our 2016 opinion poll. The impressive response rate means that we have established a platform for dialogue between the company and our people, demonstrating the commitment of our employees to provide feedback and to shape our company's corporate culture of dialogue and participation.

67 of 100

our Employee Commitment Index score, placing us in the top 30% in the world

90%

have trust in our competitiveness and future prospects

95%

of our people would accept a job with us again

Hear more from our Head of Human Resources

Life at Symrise

Across all our offices and employees, we place a great importance on charity and social initiatives as well as continually making Symrise a more inclusive place to work. From safety rallies, charity runs and breast cancer campaigns, to the Sustainability Olympics, healthy living week and community engagement days, our employee-led initiatives make sure to raise awareness for causes and charities, safeguard our environment and give back to the communities in which we operate.

Promoting equality and diversity

We promote diversity and inclusion

At Symrise, we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. Our core values mean that regardless who you are you will be afforded every opportunity to flourish. We rely on our multinational and multifunctional teams and our ability to put different perspectives, strengths and qualifications together for developing the best solutions.

Diversity embodies everything that makes us unique and is an integral part of who we are as a company, how we operate today and how we take on the challenges of the future. Our continued success will always be linked to our ability to bring our core values to life.

In 2017, we signed the "Women's Empowerment Principles", a joint initiative of the organization UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact, which aims to raise awareness for the issue of promoting and empowering women in companies. Symrise is committed to and actively promotes gender equality on all levels across the business.

We place great importance on both diversity and inclusion, celebrating our differences and always endeavoring to create an inclusive environment.

Diversity statement

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Social commitments alongside work? Symrise makes it possible!

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Develop with us

Grow your career with Symrise

You are at a stage in your career where you consider professional development essential. No matter whether you start directly in an entry-level junior position or join a trainee program, we’ll give you the support and tools you need to grow your career with us

Start your professional career

We believe that graduates play a key role in bringing new ways of thinking to our company. This is why we take a long-term view to training, and we know that as a graduate, your demands are going to be different from someone who has been in the industry for decades. You can start your professional career either by applying directly for an entry-level junior position or for a trainee program.

Enter directly

A direct entry is the most common way of starting your career with Symrise. From the first day onward, you will take on challenging tasks, put your ideas to work and be given the appropriate level of responsibility. Throughout, we will support you with thorough on-the-job-training, always promoting your personal and professional development, through participation in workshops, seminars and other training events.

Join our graduate trainee programs

In several locations around the globe, we offer dedicated graduate trainee programs that are the perfect step to fast-track your professional career after your studies. Joining the program will see you work on different assignments, often with the option of one of them to be abroad. You will have the chance to take on responsibility in challenging projects and build your network within the company. A mentoring system as well as individual training, seminars and workshops will help you grow along the way and prepare you for a future leadership or specialist role.

6,700

hours spent on training globally in 2017

€2.8

million spent on training annually

Your development path

Learn and grow in an open and transparent culture

We are proud of our approach to professional development and believe that it is the most effective way for you to grow as a specialist or future leader. Our career development principles and career paths allow you to take control of your career.

From entry-level junior positions all the way up to domain expert and leadership positions, we have a clear outline of your development for several functional areas, with all the necessary support provided for you to hit each target. Your performance directly impacts how you progress with us and you will be able to have open and honest conversations with your manager to find out what possible career paths you could take.

Split across management and expert pathways our career structures allow you to move around based on your individual ambitions and skills.

As much as we will push you to achieve your ambitions, we expect that you will be pushing us to achieve ours.

The Symrise Academy

One of the ways we ensure the continued development of our people is through the Symrise Academy. The academy provides training for perfumers, flavorists and commercial positions. Each program focuses on your long-term development and provides you with the skills you need to adapt to the changing demands of our customers.  

Flavorists

Flavorists will be trained in the fundamentals of application technology, and use their knowledge to develop their own ‘masterpiece’ flavor composition at the end of the program. Participation in this program requires strong and proven sensory skills.

Perfumers

Perfumers will be introduced to the raw materials used to create fine fragrance, personal care and home care products. They’ll participate in scent expeditions around the world, visiting the people who are working at the source of these fragrances. Participation in this program requires strong and proven sensory skills.

Сommercial professionals

For commercial professionals, there will be an emphasis on developing your communication and leadership skills, as well high-performance sales training.

What we offer

Reap the rewards of working with a company that prioritizes its people

What we expect

Creativity, integrity, excellence and commitment

We look for people who are confident, know their own strengths and are happy to work in a team, always dedicated to their work as a part of a wider vision and always looking to improve. We see our employees as entrepreneurs in our enterprise, following the idea of co-ownership. An ability to adapt is also something we look for in our people. Our customers' needs evolve constantly. So, it is vital that you can embrace this challenge and create solutions that satisfy them. This entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with the mission to create solutions helps us consistently deliver against our customers' needs. A career with us will be challenging, and our open culture and commitment to professional development provides the support you will need to thrive.

Where you could work

We are truly international

We now have 9,387 employees working in more than 90 locations around the globe and we want you to join our team.

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How to apply

The application process

We believe in a collaborative application process where we can get to know you, and you can get to know us

At each step of the process, we will give you the opportunity to showcase your creativity, integrity and excellence within your chosen field. We will answer your questions and introduce you to the industry - allowing you to be sure that we are the right fit.