Product Development Manager R&D - Upfield

Product Development Manager R&D

Are you passionate about R&D and Cheese? Would you like to join us and take a lead role in our R&D Team based in Wageningen, Netherlands? As our Product Development Manager, you will be leading the productive development of innovative ingredients and processes in Upfields plant-based cheese products. You will be running projects in multidisciplinary teams with colleagues from engineering, procurement, quality, etc.

Need more details?

Your focus will be plant-based cheeses (starch and protein structures).

You will be the line manager for two product technologists.

You will focus on creating the best taste and functionality for our customers while building, maintaining, and executing project plans for finished product developments.

You will manage the cooperation with suppliers and customers.

You will co-develop with the capability team technical hypothesis, draw conclusion of experiments, and bring the exciting technical hypothesis to the next level.

You will develop product prototypes on bench, pilot plant and factory scales in line with the quality standards.

You will assess and improve quality of new ingredients in co-operation with suppliers while setting up product/technical specifications for sourcing and supply chain in line with quality and consumer safety requirements.

You will Up-scale the designed products to factory scale and commission factory production.

So, what does it take to be successful in this role?

You have a master’s degree preferably in Foods Technology, Chemical Engineering, or similar areas.

You have relevant experience in project management while working with emulsion technology & cheese and protein technology.

You are eager to learn and master product development, execute analysis and product performance tests.

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

You are ready to travel abroad to suppliers, R&D centers and factories while working in a fast-paced environment.

What is next?

Ready to apply? I am looking forward to receiving your CV/details, after we will review all applications, the first step in the process will be a 30- 45-minute video interview with myself Andre Vleeming. If successful, you will have a first Interview with the Hiring Manager, followed possibly by another interview.

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Salary & Benefits

Hybrid (3 days at the office/place of work minimum)

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