Panzarasa has 30 years of experience in the industry, previously holding executive positions with Roure, Robertet and Mane. He's spent the last six years as a recruiter working exclusively in the flavor and fragrance world. Panzarasa's clients encompass, as he puts it, anyone in the industry that has a hand in getting the product out the door or has an impact on that product. This includes perfumers, flavorists, sensory evaluation staff, manufacturing, sales, marketing, R&D, new product development, chemists, toxicology and regulatory.
While business is busy for the recruiter, Panzarasa doesn't see the current market as particularly active. There's probably a bit less turnover now, only because there are fewer companies, he says, adding that, ratiowise, the market is fairly similar to 10 years ago. We're a very small, social industry, he points out. People have a tendency to know of other companies. Thus, there is an ability to change companies more easily.
Other topics discussed: The Job Landscape; What Companies Are Looking For; Assessing Today’s Job Candidates; The Evolution of Compensation; Generational Succession in the Industry