Royal Zeelandia Group

Global R&D Manager – Expert Team
For discovering, sharing and supporting global innovations


  • Responsible for discovering new expertise, sharing relevant knowledge and supporting global innovations
  • Leading and developing a team of 20 employees comprising product technologists, scientists, analytical specialists, test bakers, analysts and knowledge center
  • Contributing to category/product strategy plans by sharing customer and technology developments
  • Defining an annual and three year R&D technology development program in line with category plans
  • Implementing the R&D technology development program through adequate resource allocation within own department and through coordination with Global Category Development Managers and local R&D Managers
  • Building and maintaining external networks with suppliers, research institutions and universities; bridging these external relations with the internal R&D organisation
  • Acquiring new knowledge, sharing relevant information with stakeholders, developing global and local skills and organising technological trainings
  • Member of the Global R&D Management Team, together with Global R&D Category Development Managers; reporting to the Global Director Marketing and R&D.


  • Master/PhD degree in Food Science, Technology, Chemistry or a similar educational background
  • Senior and relevant R&D management experience in the international food and/or food ingredients industry 
  • Proven track record in managing, building and developing professional R&D teams and utilising the available knowledge of professionals for global innovation processes
  • Good understanding about actual market requirements in the food business and able to translate this into R&D programs, plans and actions
  • Relevant knowledge about raw materials, ingredients and their interaction in the application and processing of food products
  • Familiar with Intellectual Property and knowledge protection
  • Comfortable working in an international business environment with many stakeholders in R&D and other functional disciplines at both global and local level
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, in English and preferably other European languages
  • Personal skills: leadership, well organised, analytically strong, setting priorities, drive for innovation, convincing and taking decisions.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Jakob Jan Verbraak, telephone: +31 (0)317-468686 / +31 (0)6-51820349 or apply through our website or e-mail your written application to

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