FrieslandCampina Innovation

Global Director Sensory Research & Development
Driving FrieslandCampina’s sensory competences to world class level


  • Responsible for defining and executing the sensory strategy and program
  • Managing the Sensory Research and Sensory Development teams, currently organised into 9 direct reports and 50 indirect reports
  • Identifying the needs of the various Business Groups (B2C and B2B) for support in the area of sensory research and development
  • Defining vision, strategy and annual program to build sensory competences in line with the innovation roadmaps
  • Delivering the required sensory support and development for existing and new products
  • Driving constant improvement of the centre of excellence for sensory science, in both knowledge and capabilities
  • Setting up, implementing and monitoring ways of working with sensory action standards throughout the company fitting with the innovation ambitions
  • Building and maintaining a worldwide network of external relations with relevant companies, universities and institutes
  • Reporting to the Global Director Research & Technology.


  • Academic degree with specialisation in Sensory- / Consumer Science
  • Senior R&D and management experience, preferably in an industrial setting
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience with sensory perception, consumer behaviour and state-of-the-art methodologies
  • Capable of managing and building teams of sensory & consumer professionals with close connections to other functional disciplines within and outside R&D organisation
  • Good understanding of decision making processes and the ‘product innovation journey’ in a matrix organisation within a multinational business environment
  • Excellent communication, influencing and stakeholder management skills
  • Personal skills: strategic vision, drive, leadership, priority setting, planning and organising, organisational sensitivity and resilience.

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 for this vacancy as the only partner in the recruitment process.