Building a Better Plant-Based Future together

Senior R&D Plant based Fats & Oils Processing Expert

About us!

At Upfield our purpose is clear: we make people healthier and happier with nutritious and delicious, natural, plant-based products that are good for you, our planet; and with packaging that’s free from plastic.

We are the largest plant-based company in the world, and we believe in doing what’s right for our people, our customers and the planet. We’ve got iconic brands like Rama, Country Crock, Blue Band and Flora that people all over the world know and love. We’ve been a trusted category leader since 1871 and yet we feel like we’re only just getting started.

Performance, Passion and Care define who we are as a company, how we work every day, and the responsibility we feel toward our Associates, our consumers, our business partners and our world.

We have big ambitions to grow this business and we want to attract the right people – those that love what they do, thrive on responsibility and are looking for limitless career defining opportunities.

You’ll have to enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and it will take hard work and determination; we will give you the ownership you need to make an impact. You’ll have to deliver on the commitments you make. And we’ll give you the freedom and flexibility to do your job and build your own career. 

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Mission statement

At Upfield our purpose is clear: making people healthier and happier with great-tasting, healthy and natural plant-based products which are good for our planet!


We are a highly entrepreneurial fast-paced team running a multi-billion Euro business across 60+ countries with the mindset of a start-up! We are agile, creative, fast-to-market and obsessed with customers and consumers.

About the role

We have identified that fats & oils are one of the key success factors, to deliver best in class tasting plant based foods. As one of the Fats & Oils (processing) experts. You create new fats & oils processing technology (with suppliers and the external world). To deliver the next generation in clean label, most natural oils. You deliver the technology expertise agenda across the product technology areas (eg. spreads, creams, cheese).

You are recognized by the external world as an expert in this field and therefore able to develop the eco-system for best in class technology for our product portfolio.

You are responsible for:

  • Driving the technology agenda and roadmap
  • Deliver the technologies for the innovation/renovation and saving projects to deliver the best tasting products
  • Build the external eco-system

For this role, it is key to bring and evolve the expertise in fats & oils processing (eg. fat structuring, fat/oil refining, (natural) fat/oil modification). While also being a strong communicator, to connect the innovations to technologies and shape the external world.

Skills and experience required

  • Minimum Master Degree, in relevant education for fats & oils. Strong back-ground in (chemical) processing, with the understanding of catalytic reactions as well as a good understanding on the chemistry around the oils refining process.
  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience.
  • Proven track record in building expertise/technology in Fats & Oils processing in relationship with external partners.
  • Knowledge in plant based food (Spreads, cheese, creams) is a pre
  • Knowledge in palm oil free is a pre
  • A team player with a can-do mentality.
  • Self starter, but can also work in a global framework
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt within a fast-changing environment.
  • Strong communicator
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written.
  • Willing to travel on a regular basis.

We are looking for an energetic person with a passion to develop technology and food that consumers will love and who will bring new ideas to the business.

Interested in this role?
Then hit the apply button now! After the closing date the 15th of February our Recruiter will review your cv and if we see a fit we will set up a telephone interview first. Once we both agree to a fit we move to the first face to face interview.