Training and Education | G4-LA10

Programs for skills management and lifelong learning

Symrise follows a strong implementation-oriented approach to personnel development that combines organizational development and individual career development. For key positions that are especially relevant to business performance, we systematically identify and develop potential successors.
Our training activities are pooled under the Symrise Academy, which consists of four strategic pillars:

  • Flavorist and perfumer school
  • Technical/specialist training for our employees
  • Training for sales personnel
  • Development of managerial staff

Our flavorist and perfumer school has enjoyed great success around the world. Every year, young employees complete their training as junior flavorists or perfumers. Since 2009, we have been offering diverse training opportunities to semi-skilled employees in production: to become flavor specialists or process chemical technicians as well as, more recently, chemical production specialists and inventory specialists. Another core component of our educational landscape is the qualification of sales personnel, for example, through high-performance sales training.

In 2014, we started an initiative aimed at promoting our future managers under the title the Future Generation Leadership Development Program. Twenty-four talented individuals were trained for key management positions on the basis of an individual potential analysis. The program finished this summer with presentations by the young managers on Symrise-relevant topics. At the same time, another group of about 24 young up-and-comers participated in a potential analysis as part of their qualification for becoming managers in the coming two years. For approximately 20 operative managers in the production and team leader units, we started the special program Management Practices. Here, management issues that occur in the normal work routine are dealt with.

Coaching and mentoring are other methods used for continuing professional development. Mentors pass on valuable knowledge gained from experience to their generally younger protégés. Furthermore, suitable managers from various divisions are trained as coaches so they can act as sounding boards for employees who are taking on career challenges. Furthermore, we also want to develop the personal competencies of our employees in the sense of lifelong learning. That’s why we offer a diverse continuing educational program that ranges from safety training and language courses to project management and IT classes. Here, we link our information and training program with our corporate health management.