Fragrance Notes Spring 2017 - Page 42

STEAM Makes Scents A s a family-run company with a long-term view, Berjé takes a focused approach to building the industry’s future. And the future lies in developing the skills and knowledge of the youngest generation now entering the flavor and fragrance industry. Berjé has tried to live this principle through leadership roles in industry organizations like Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce and by participation in the IFRANA “STEAM Makes Scents: The Women Behind the Science of Fragrance” conference on Capitol Hill in 2015, but nowhere is the goal of educating the next generation furthered more than in Berjé’s Management Training Program. Management Trainees are actively recruited as undergraduates and rotated through a 12-month program that includes quality control, fragrance, regulatory, production, and customer care roles. Hands on work in the day-to-day activity of every part of a flavor and fragrance company is combined with long term research projects, off-site educational conferences, and eventually an active role in the recruitment of the next class of Management Trainees. “Having been in quality control and fragrance roles I now have a library of fragrances and experiences that allow me to speak the language of different departments, work more efficiently with others, and hopefully better communicate with customers in the future,” says Bhavi Patel, 2016 B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Certificate of Packaging Engineering at Rutgers University and member of the current Management Trainee class. With the fast-paced change taking place in both F&F and the global business environment, overcoming the future’s unique challenges will require a well-trained and diligent workforce. The Management Training Program is one family-run company’s attempt to contribute to that vision. Bhavi Patel, 2016 B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Certificate of Packaging Engineering at Rutgers University and member of the current Management Trainee class. 42 FRAGRANCE NOTES SPRING 2017