Cluster Lead PAT Team

The Process Analytical Technology cluster is one of four clusters within the Method & Analytical Development (M&AD) department within Global QC, responsible for the FrieslandCampina method portfolio. As cluster leader of the PAT team you will lead FrieslandCampina through the transition towards in-line and at-line measurements. Your team will play a crucial role in implementation and improvement of spectroscopic techniques in the production processes in close collaboration with the technology and QC departments across more than 50 production locations worldwide. The primary focus of these measurement techniques is infrared spectroscopy, but the scope also includes other techniques such as Raman, microwave, and imaging techniques.  

Cluster Lead PAT Team

What we ask

  • An Inspiring manager capable of growing and building an engaged hard-working team in a challenging and dynamic working environment.
  • An academical level work and thinking level, conceptually strong.
  • A Bachelor or Masters degree in Food or Process related technology.
  • At minimum of 5 years of experience in a managing function in pharmaceutical, chemical, dairy or food sectors, with expertise in applying and implementing new analytical techniques.
  • Outstanding communication and project management skills towards stakeholders at different levels. Acting as an ambassador for the team and its projects.
  • Affinity with relevant dairy processes.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Laboratory Quality Systems and international method validation programs (e.g., ISO17025) is a plus.
  • Strong planning, organizational, monitoring and project management capabilities.

What we offer

  • Unique company culture of Dutch heritage and international presence    
  • We offer great work life balance, and competitive salary & benefits package so you can enjoy it   
  • Workweek of 38 hours, competitive pension scheme, holiday allowance of 8%, end year allowance 4%, bonus scheme, flexible working hours and the ability to work from home.  
  • Diverse training and mentoring programs to help you grow on your own professional journey   
  • Exceptional support of cross disciplinary movement within the company to broaden your knowledge and growth paths    
  • A friendly and informal working environment, yet professional team members as sparring partners    
  • Autonomy and trust to create longer term impact that helps bring better nutrition to the world    
  • Free cheese and milk at lunch in the central office, and barista coffee to help you go through your working days with a lot of joy   
  • FrieslandCampina has a ‘fietsplan’ 


Vacancy description

As the PAT Cluster Leader, you will oversee a team of seven specialists and analysts focused on developing and implementing analytical methods. Your key responsibilities include: 
•    Coaching and inspiring your team daily, balancing individual initiative with clear decision-making and respect for workload and business priorities.
•    Drive the implementation of at-line and in-line measurements by promoting the possibilities of these techniques and developing strategies with factories, R&D and technology. 
•    Strategy tracking by establishing and maintaining a clear and transparent dashboard of projects and resources.
•    Ensuring processes are up-to-date and fit to the organization, enabling lean operations without limiting self-empowerment.
•    Be the linking pin for in-, and at-line methods between factories, R&D, global technology, IT/OT , instrument suppliers and internal laboratory,  ensuring projects stay on track and knowledge is up-to-date. 
•    Supporting FrieslandCampina’ s global QC laboratories and factories with technical as quality related advisory, training and trouble shooting.
•    Enforce our QC testing harmonization, standardization and auditing global program as well as contributing to the development of international standards (IDF, ISO, AOAC). 
•    Participating in method development within national and international standardization bodies. 
•    Set up Service Level Agreements with suppliers in collaboration with procurement for relevant techniques and support.
•    Regular travel within the Netherlands and abroad.

Staying true to who you really are, that is your starting point at FrieslandCampina. Because it is precisely by embracing our differences that we can grow together. We want to create a working environment that allows all employees to bring their best and authentic selves. If who we are suits you, but you're not sure if you're the best fit for the role, we still encourage you to apply so we can help you find the role that fits you best.

Laboratory & Quality Support (LQS) is het centrale laboratorium in Leeuwarden. In ons laboratorium werken wij met enthousiaste collega's aan het uitvoeren van chemisch, sensorisch en microbiologisch onderzoek in opdracht van onze eigen fabrieken voor grondstoffen, tussen- en eindproducten. De binnen FrieslandCampina unieke ISO 17025 accreditatie is het bewijs voor het hoge niveau van Laboratory & Quality Services. Naast deze accreditatie is LQS gecertificeerd volgens de GMP10 standaarden. Hiermee is LQS een belangrijk onderdeel van FrieslandCampina en kunnen wij de kwaliteit en veiligheid van onze producten waarborgen. Lijkt het jou leuk om hier onderdeel van te zijn? Dan kijken wij uit naar je reactie.  

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JOB-ID: 53887 | Cluster Lead PAT Team, Netherlands
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