Project leader R&D protein and hydrolysates Early Life Nutrition

Looking for a job where you can make a difference by making sure our new business to business ingredient innovations land according to plan in the market together with a project team of multiple technical disciplines from different departments at different locations? Do you get energy from leading complex projects and want to develop your project management skills further by extending your scope to commercial and supply chain as well? Are you interested in working on products with a high nutritional value to serve health needs of consumers all around the world? Look no further, you have found your dream job!

Project leader R&D protein and hydrolysates Early Life Nutrition

What we ask

To be successful in this position, you are/have:

  • MSc degree in food/dairy technology, bioprocess technology, chemistry and/or chemical engineering
  • Experience in business-to-business ingredient development for food (food safety, scale up, registration, clearance)
  • You are customer focused and able to act with speed and decisiveness to achieve the best results pragmatically
  • Demonstrable experience and track record in project management (stage-gate and/or agile). Completed specific project management courses such as PRINCE2 or IPMA are a clear advantage.
  • Team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills in a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to work independently and work under pressure and uncertainty
  • Extensive experience with stakeholder management from different disciplines
  • New product development experience with whey protein and/or hydrolysates is a pre (Dutch is a pre, but not a requirement)

What we offer

Your salary is based on the weighting of your job, your experience and your training. FrieslandCampina offers not only a competitive salary but also training and education on the job

because it's important for our people to continue to grow. After all, your development is not only good for your career; our products also benefit from it. The mutual exchange of knowledge between colleagues is also evident on the work floor. It is, after all, the most effective way to learn.

If successful in this role, this could lead to a promotion as end-to-end project leader where you will extend your scope outside of R&D. This means that you will be able to manage project teams that have a full end to end scope from ideation (new idea) to commercial launch in 1 project (R&D, CAPEX, marketing work packages combined). This requires a project manager that is not only interested in R&D, but also in executing commercial and supply chain work packages.

Vacancy description

As a project manager you will be responsible for activity and resource planning, organizing and motivating a project team, cost estimating and developing the budget, analyzing and managing project risks, monitoring progress, etc. In addition, you will manage stakeholders in sales, supply chain, product group management and R&D to secure resources and make sure we work on the right priorities for our customers.

In this job, you will be responsible for project teams that develop protein-based ingredients (whey specialties, hydrolysates) from lab scale to pilot to full scale including registration and clearance to get the new ingredients ready for production and sales in the market. Project teams are usually multidisciplinary involving R&D (e.g., experts in process technology, nutrition, analytics), supply chain and commercial colleagues (e.g., marketing or sales).

You will execute development projects with sufficient understanding of the content (raw materials, specifications, shelf life, production processes, process-product interactions). For new projects you are able to set up a project plan and arrange resources from relevant stakeholders in line with the project plan and think of ways to organize it according to the FrieslandCampina way of working (stage gate process or agile).

FrieslandCampina Ingredients (FCI) is a world-class, global leader in dairy and plant-based value-added, healthy and functional ingredients and solutions. In close cooperation with customers and through the exchange of in-depth expertise, FCI helps customers to win in the market especially in the areas where nutrition matters most, such as for infants, elderly people, for delivering performance and medical nutrition. The business group serves infant & toddler nutrition, medical nutrition and pharmaceutical industries with natural, value-added ingredients and dedicated innovations with a clear health benefit. FCI is a global business with sales offices, dedicated ingredient research and production facilities around the world. As member of Ingredients Development team, you are based in FrieslandCampina Innovation Centre in Wageningen.

For thousands of people every day, we are more than just a dairy company. To our farmers, our employees, the communities we serve, the businesses we work with and the people to whom we bring happiness, FrieslandCampina means something more. For them it's not just about what we do, but who we are.

We value talented people from any background who want to contribute to something bigger than themselves. We encourage all our employees to make decisions that benefit our entire company. At FrieslandCampina we own our own career and act accordingly. We trust you to make a difference in your job and influence the bigger picture. Working at FrieslandCampina means you are contributing to a better world.

One of the key tasks of FrieslandCampina Ingredients is to valorize whey by developing sustainable ingredients with a clear health benefit for our customers. Within FrieslandCampina Ingredients we have several development teams and one of them is responsible for the development of protein-based ingredients for early life nutrition. This development team consists of product developers, protein and hydrolysate experts, and project managers (part of the team is in the Netherlands and part of the team is in the USA), but you will also be part of the functional project leader pool jointly responsible for continuously developing our project leader organization.

As project leader within this team, you are responsible for the execution of (development) projects vital for our new product innovation roadmap contributing to the objectives in FrieslandCampina Ingredients. You and your project teamwork in an international business environment that requires connecting with supply chain, commercial colleagues and R&D specialists to convert customer wishes into a successful ingredient product. Your office location will be Wageningen, but you will be expected to regularly visit Amersfoort and production locations in The Netherlands to connect with project team members, commercial colleagues, and stakeholders.

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