Manager technical standards, engineering and start-up

Manager Project start-up, engineering standards and technical excellence


Are you ready to lead the continuous improvement in capital investment (Capex) project delivery? FrieslandCampina seeks a dynamic, results-oriented Manager of Project Start-Up, Engineering Standards, and Technical Excellence to spearhead a culture of continuous improvement in the global capex project management team. You'll unify diverse experts with a singular objective: to optimize and standardize technical designs, drive cost efficiency, establish cost & planning estimation and enhance commissioning and start-up processes. If you're energized by continuous improvement, technical expertise and processes, this is your opportunity to make an impactful difference on a global scale."


Job Description and Team Details


As a member of the Global Supply Chain Projects Management Team, you will lead a team pivotal to project execution. Capex projects span approximately 50 plants worldwide. With a team comprising internal and interim professionals, we oversee the execution of around €500 million worth of projects annually. Your leadership will steer a group of experts dedicated to refining project designs from inception to completion. By setting and enhancing standards, you'll drive cost optimization and meet evolving project needs. Additionally, under your direction, another expert team focuses on commissioning and start-up for larger projects. Collaboration, enhanced visibility, reduced start-up times, heightened reliability, and cost efficiency are our guiding principles. Leveraging industry experience and benchmarks, your team will provide invaluable support in cost and planning estimation across all project stages.

You will join the Global Supply Chain projects team and will report into the Global Director Projects. Our team stands for: doing the right things and the things right. We are committed to maximize the contribution of capex projects to the goals and targets for FrieslandCampina.

Manager technical standards, engineering and start-up

Wat we vragen

To be a successful manager capex projects, you have:



  • Master's degree in a relevant technical field and a minimum of 10 years in project management, Commissioning and start-up, and engineering, ideally gained in an FMCG supply chain organisation;
  • Proven leadership experience in managing expert teams within a supply chain organization, with a focus on driving value, cost efficiency, and adherence to global engineering standards;
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing capital expenditure (CAPEX) projects within the supply chain with the expertise to optimize project timelines, costs, and resource allocation while ensuring compliance with global engineering standards;
  • Track record of implementing strategies to optimize cost efficiency in supply chain projects;
  • Experience in identifying cost-saving opportunities, negotiating with vendors, and ensuring the financial success of projects;
  • In-depth knowledge of global engineering standards and the ability to enforce compliance within the organization, including ensuring that all projects align with industry best practices and meet the required engineering quality benchmarks;
  • Strategic thinking ability to develop and execute plans that align with organizational objectives;
  • Experience in setting clear goals, monitoring progress, and adapting strategies to ensure the successful delivery of supply chain projects.

Wat we bieden

  • 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.


You will:


  • Manage and inspire a team of experts in Commissioning and Start-Up (CSU), Subject Matter Experts (SME), and Cost and Planning Estimation;
  • Refine Global Way-We-Work, technical standards, and engineering practices;
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to program and project managers, ensuring the delivery of high-quality projects;
  • Collaborate closely with project stakeholders — project managers, engineers, contractors, technical disciplines, and procurement— to ensure successful project outcomes;
  • Mandated to overrule project assumptions regarding design choices, deviate from standards to optimize cost and value;
  • Drive digital transformation for increased efficiency;
  • Continuously enhance technical project quality, drive Value Engineering and set, maintain, and refine Global Technical & Engineering Standards; 
  • Develop fit-for-purpose technical and engineering standards related to technology, segmentation, industry standards, and other key factors;
  • Establish a Center of Excellence focused on Commissioning and Start-Up (CSU), aiming for standardization and continuous enhancement of Way-We-Work practices within CSU;
  • Establish a center of expertise for planning and cost estimation to enhance reliability in cost estimation and improve planning estimates for Capex projects;
  • Manage and support the internal marketplace, including vendor contracts.


Bij FrieslandCampina geloven we in een werkomgeving waar iedereen zich hun volledige en authentieke zelf kan voelen en in hun kracht wordt gezet om het beste uit zichzelf te halen. We omarmen elkaars verschillen en ontvangen graag je sollicitatie, ongeacht je geslacht, geloof, afkomst, seksuele voorkeur, leeftijd, beperking, of nationaliteit. Als wie wij zijn bij jou past, moedigen we je aan om te solliciteren, ook als je niet zeker weet of je aan alle eisen voldoet.

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 of our 22,000 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.

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