President Global Flavors, United States

Sensient Technologies Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL


Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE: SXT) is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors, and fragrances. Sensient employs advanced technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical systems, inkjet and specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals. The Company's customers include major international manufacturers representing most of the world's best-known brands. Sensient is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sensient Flavors, headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, develops, manufactures, and distributes flavor systems that are found in thousands of consumer products worldwide. Our specialty systems are essential components of food and beverage products. Sensient's value added flavors enable our customers to excel in highly competitive global markets.

The Flavors Group is comprised of the following business units:

* Sensient Beverage and Sweet Flavors

* Sensient Savory Flavors

* Sensient BioNutrients

* Sensient Natural Ingredients


The Group President, Flavors reports to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sensient Technologies, Mr. Paul Manning.

The position has a General Manager for each of the above referenced business units and the group staff, consisting of a Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director, Operations & Engineering Director, Regulatory Director, and Marketing Director.


The Group President, Flavors will provide leadership and have full P&L responsibility for a $800M organization with facilities in North America, Europe, and Latin America. He/she will be accountable for the organization's overall growth, competitive advantage, and long-term position as a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of flavors.

Additional responsibilities of the Group President will also include the following:

* Provide leadership for all commercial activity and operations for the Flavors Business unit.

* Manage the Group's P&L to ensure realization of profit and expense targets.

* Develop and execute the unit's overall growth strategy in alignment with that of the Sensient Technologies organization as a whole.

* Manage, direct, and monitor the daily operating activities of the company with a view to maximizing the value and profitability of the organization; delve deeply into operational issues and develop creative solutions.

* Drive and continually enhance the organization's overall strategy for differentiation through quality and service while closely managing costs.

* Evaluate the results of overall operations regularly and systematically and establishes the key performance indicators and financial metrics that will be used to manage the business.

* Increase market share for flavors.

* Drive down costs.

* Limit organization's exposure to food safety issues.

* Build, lead, and inspire a world-class organization.

* Establish, maintain, and promote an effective system of communications throughout the organization.

* Ensure that all organization activities and operations are carried out in compliance with company policies.

* Develop and mentor a strong team.

* Set performance standards and goals for each member of the team, fostering anatmosphere of ownership and personal excellence.

* Clearly define expectations and hold the team accountable for results.

* Consistently strive to achieve the company's financial and operating goals and objectives.

* Foster a healthy respect for Sensient culture.


In addition to a well-rounded background in operations, technology, and financial acumen, the ideal candidate will possess the following:

* A seasoned, savvy senior executive with exceptional leadership skills and an established record of success in increasingly responsible positions as a strategic leader and market builder.

* Minimum of 15 to 20 years of business experience in P&L leadership positions of increasing levels of responsibility within a high value add, non-commodity manufacturing organization.

* Proven ability to both retain and grow a company's position within the market place.

* Demonstrated success meeting financial objectives, increasing profitability, and directing and motivating teams.

* Strong track record of profit center management.

* Proven managerial leadership ability and keen business judgment gained in a demanding, competitive public company environment.

* Deep understanding of their products and technology.

* Expertise in differentiating offerings through quality and service.

* Experience leading an organization that is global in scope.

* Ability to create a sense of urgency for fundamental changes in focus and strategy.

* Ability to articulate how strategic change will drive the short- and long-term effectiveness of the organization and spires the organization to think creatively about ist future and raises the confidence of people to believe in growth.

* Track record of establishing strategies and tactics to foster product innovation.

* Astuteness about the internal and external forces that create a sustainable competitive advantage for the organization.

* Deep understanding about the marketplace, customers, and the broad forces that affect the organization's future.

* Recognition of the global arena in which Sensient plays and understanding of the global competitive landscape.

* Ability to introduce change in a way that creates engagement and commitment.


* Ownership. Acts as though he or she owns everything in his or her business. Embraces accountability.

* Inspiring Leadership. Has the ability to lead world-class talent, inspire, and harness the creative ideas of others, and motivate individuals to regularly exceed expectations. Calm in crisis. Decisive.

* Intellectual Horsepower. Energetic, bright and intelligent, analytical, imaginative, deals with concepts and complexity comfortably; capable and agile. This executive will bring a fresh perspective to the role as well as provide strong support for the continual growth of the company's business.

* Action Oriented. Enjoys solving problems; has a sense of urgency and is action-oriented and energetic.

* Business Acumen. Entrepreneurial; understands how businesses work; solid understanding of sales and marketing in a business-to-business environment; ability to understand current and possible future policies, practices, trends, technology, and information affecting his/her business and organization; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace; knows how to plan, assess, and then act; focused on growth.

* Integrity and Values. An ethical individual who can be trusted to act with the highest standards of conduct and is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn't misrepresent him/herself for personal gain; acts in line with those values; rewards the right values and disapproves of others; practices what he/she preaches.

* Can build a process. Can operate beyond a defined system and can create new systems as needed.

* Ability to travel. (30 to 35%).


* A technical undergraduate degree plus an MBA from a top 30 school would be the ideal educational profile.

* Start-up experience a major plus.

* Military experience a plus


Hoffman Estates, Illinois