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Fragrance’s Future: Symrise launches a perfumery training program

Posted: March 21, 2007

Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) has just announced the launch of a new perfumery training program to boost its Scent & Care division. Beginning next month, the first crop of five recruits will begin the three-year program, studying raw materials, perfume chemistry and applications. 

The company has tapped senior perfumer Egon Oelkers as program head. Oelkers has been a perfumer for 40 years, previously with Symrise predecessor Haarmann & Reimer in Holzminden, Paris, Geneva, Cannes and New York, where he concentrated on personal care and fine fragrance.

“The age pyramid of the Symrise perfumers needs to be rejuvenated,” says Oelkers, adding that the company is looking to give “young and talented people a chance to get into this challenging and interesting business,” and, “to ensure the future success of the company with [the] best trained people on the background of the Symrise philosophy.”

New Generation, New Program

“The [program’s] ultimate goal is to get well-trained people to ensure [Symrise’s] future success,” says Oelkers. Following an extensive olfactive trial and personality profiling, Symrise has selected five initial recruits. “Some of them went through ISIPCA and several stages in the industry,” says Oelkers, “[while] others worked as assistants of experienced perfumers. Some already worked for Symrise in a chemist's function.”