Ingredient Specifications Technologist

Research / Academic
Dutch, English and Dutch

Your mission:
The Specification Management Ingredients team is responsible for about 1250 Ingredients coming from about 350 different suppliers. Your mission is to ensure product compliance by specifying ingredients 'Fit for use' & managing expectations with suppliers, to support the Innovation pipeline and Operations in delivering Best Care to our consumers & customers.
The Technologist Ingredient Specifications ensures that the ingredients comply with the functional, quality & food safety and regulatory requirements, validated by internal stakeholders of Product Development and Quality and signed off by the suppliers.

Your main responsibilities:

  • Ensure new and existing ingredient specifications comply with functional, quality & food safety and regulatory requirements and are approved within expected time lines;

  • Participate in various challenging business projects in multidisciplinary teams with colleagues from PD, QFS, SSD and factories;

  • Build relationships and negotiate with suppliers to come to mutual agreed specifications;

  • Risk assessment of ingredients resulting in advice towards QFS for supplier approval / development;

  • Inspiring and influencing internal stakeholders towards specification management ambition;

  • Grow and manage internal and external network on your portfolio;

  • Keep your portfolio compliant with new internal standards and regulation

Your salary is based on the weighting of your job, your experience and your training. You can initially expect a secondment contract with a possibility to join the company on a permanent basis afterwards.

What will happen when you apply? Within four working days we will let you know whether you are qualify for the position. If you do we will schedule an interview (digital or live). In this interview, we will inform you about the vacancy, the company and the procedure. If we both agree this is a fitting opportunity we will introduce you to our client and continue to guide you through the whole application process. The Independent Recruiters Group has a large team of specialized recruitment consultants. Every recruiter has a strong focus regarding his/her own field of expertise. This makes them the ideal sparring partner for both you, as the candidate, and the client.


Your profile:
You have between 2 and 5 years of experience in quality or product development in the food or pharma industry. You have a Food Science/Technology Background (MSc/BSc) and you are comfortable working in an international and dynamic organization with various functional disciplines at several locations.

In addition, the ideal candidate:

* Brings expertise on ingredient functionality, quality & food safety and/or regulation
* Has the ability to network inside and outside the organization;
* Has excellent communication and presentation skills (fluency in English);
* Knowledge and experience working with micro ingredients i.e. flavours, colours, minerals, vitamins, amino acids would be a definite plus, as well as knowledge of China regulations, although not essential
* Likes to negotiate with suppliers to come to mutual agreements;
* Is business result driven and has following competencies: analytical, accurate and persuasive;
* Is an outstanding team player.

About the company:

This organisation is a world leader in the food industry and is focused on the Research and Development of medical nutrition.