Product & Process Technologist (R&D)

Are you energized by travelling to factories while developing and implementing new projects together with the factory teams? If you’re passionate about R&D, join us and take a front seat in our R&D Team based in Wageningen, Netherlands. As our Product developer/processing expert you will be the key technical R&D representative in multidisciplinary project teams working on new product development and cost saving projects.

The projects you will be involved in are mainly focused on Europe and plant-based spreads. This role reports into the Senior Technical project leader and is part of the Global Product Team based in the Netherlands.

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As our product developer/ processing expert you will work hand-in-glove with Supply Chain and all other supporting functions needed to deliver the projects.

Next to delivering the projects you will also be the key knowledge holder for defined processing/product expertise areas. You will push the boundaries of this expertise area and train juniors in this field.

You will lead the product development, which requires hands on work in lab and pilot plant.

You will focus on creating the best tasting, nutritious and functional products for our consumers.

You will plan experiments (lab, pilot plant and factory) according to technical hypothesis, report data and draw conclusions.

You will develop product prototypes on bench, pilot plant and factory scale in line with the GMP and Food safety and quality standards.

You will characterize prototypes both on physical-chemical and sensory aspects and evaluate their shelf-life.

You will assess new ingredients.

You will set up the relevant parts of product/technical specifications for sourcing and supply chain in line with quality and consumer safety requirements.

You will bring the designed products to factory scale and successfully run 1st productions.

You will be the owner of processing technologies and push the boundaries and understanding.

You will own interactions with factory innovation teams, QA, microbiology and safety colleagues to ensure development of performant and safe processing

What is your background?

You have a Bachelor/Master degree, preferably in Foods technology/processing or Chemical engineering or similar areas. With a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.

You have a proven track record on delivering projects on time in full.

You have experience with upscaling and implementing new technologies.

Experience with emulsion/fat technology is a pre.

Experience in data process analysis from factory and pilot trials (incl data mining on process output parameters) is a pre.

You are a team player with a can-do mentality.

You are a self-starter who can work independently.

You can execute analysis and product performance tests.

You are solution-oriented with practical creativity, and always striving for a high-quality outcome.

You take responsibility and drive things through to enable delivery.

You are flexible and are excited to adapt within a fast-changing environment.

You are proactive, disciplined, and eager to learn.

You are fluent in English, spoken and written.

If you think this position is for you! Hit the apply button or reach out on LinkedIn ( I appreciate your CV may not be up to date, so you can just send over your LinkedIn profile.

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