FrieslandCampina Innovation

Development Director Consumer Dairy Europe
Leading the European innovation teams and product portfolio


  • Responsible as key R&D business partner for innovation, renovation, value engineering and compliance projects for the European operational companies
  • Leading and executing the innovation strategy and change management as the R&D gate approver for European markets
  • Managing a team of approx. 40 people of which 7 direct reports, mainly Development Managers. The Development Managers and their teams are located in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Romania and Hungary
  • Reviewing and executing the R&D innovation strategy in close cooperation with Marketing and continuously striving together for better and more profitable opportunities and initiatives
  • Maintaining and further building a business network with all relevant stakeholders within FrieslandCampina and also with external partners
  • Monitoring trends and developments in the market and in technology, shaping these into innovation strategy and providing guidance towards product development
  • Member of the R&D Management Team for the Business Group Consumer Dairy and reporting to the Global Development Director Consumer Dairy.


  • MSc or PhD in Food Science, Food Technology, Chemistry or close related education
  • Senior and broad experience within R&D and product innovation in consumer markets, combined with successful managerial experience in an international food company
  • Excellent leadership and stakeholder management skills
  • Strong communication and influencing skills, easy connecting with different cultures at all organisational levels
  • Ability to manage change and win support by building and developing winning teams and effective working methods
  • Comfortable working in a matrix organisation and travelling (approx. 15% of the time) in an international business environment
  • Personal skills: drive for results, owner’s mindset, strategic vision, commercial awareness, open and creative attitude, team player and organisational sensitivity.

For more information, please contact Jakob Jan Verbraak (+31(0)317-468686 or +31(0)6-51820349) or apply with the Apply button.

Royal FrieslandCampina selected DUPP – Food Executive Search for this vacancy as the only partner in the recruitment process.