Fonterra (Europe) Coöperatie U.A. Amsterdam

Head of Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory
Inspiring people manager with strong leadership capabilities


  • Responsible for leading and driving Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory strategic focusses and culture to ensure success of Fonterra’s strategic objectives
  • Managing a team of professionals, 3 direct and 4 indirect reports, and supporting and further developing an inclusive and high performance culture
  • Ensuring the Food Safety & Quality priorities and resources are aligned with business needs, working closely together with a.o. Manufacturing, Sales, Sourcing and Technical Departments
  • Accountable for ensuring the quality of all locally sourced and manufactured products and for the compliance to food, HACCP and FSSC/ISO standards
  • Developing regulatory strategy in the Europe region and establishing the framework for the provision of strategic advice and recommendations on legislative development in line with business requirements
  • Building and maintaining critical relationships with key decision makers and stakeholders, both internally and externally
  • Taking the lead in responsibility for all quality & food safety issues and ensuring crisis management when necessary
  • Working closely together with Fonterra’s global network, including New Zealand and US
  • Reporting to the Director Supply Chain and FSQR of Fonterra Europe.


  • BSc or MSc degree in Food Science & Technology or similar
  • Senior management experience in Quality Assurance, Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs in a comparable international business, preferably in food, feed or pharma
  • Knowledge of various international food safety and quality systems
  • Relevant project management experience, preferably in manufacturing
  • Understanding of EU food regulatory environment
  • Able to deal with and manage complexity, building strong relationships, striving for solutions and results
  • Excellent influencing, stakeholder management and communication skills with fluency in English
  • Comfortable working and travelling (up to 20%) in an international environment; possibility for hybrid working, max. two days/week from home office
  • Personal skills: strategic vision, business acumen, customer focus, entrepreneurial, natural leader, decisiveness and team player.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Jakob Jan Verbraak, telephone: +31 (0)6-51820349 /
+31 (0)317-468686 or email your response to
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