Danone Nutricia Research

Packaging Specifications Management Senior Technologist - Utrecht

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Active since 08-03-2017 Job category Science, research & development
Location Utrecht Level Mid-Senior level
Educational level Master / Post-Graduate / ... Employment type Interim with permanent prospect
Hours 24 - 40 Salary -

For the Advanced Medical Nutrition division we are looking for a

Packaging Specifications Management Senior Technologist to join – temporary the Specification Management Packaging team.

In this role you are responsible for the building, approval and compliance of packaging specifications used in our highly innovative, Advanced Medical Nutrition Products.

Your mission

The Specification Management Packaging team is responsible for about 350 packages coming from about 70 different suppliers, to be processed in our factories across Europe, Asia and Americas. Your mission is to ensure compliance by specifying packages 'Fit for use' & managing expectations with suppliers, to support the Innovation pipeline and Operations in delivering Best Care to our consumers & customers.

As Senior Technologist Packaging Specifications you ensure that the packages comply with the functional, quality & food safety and regulatory requirements, validated by internal stakeholders of Packaging Development and Quality and signed off by the suppliers.

Our team is new (and relatively small), reporting in the overall Specification Management team. Part of our challenge is to build up our processes, structures, portfolio, network of international packaging colleagues and relationships with our suppliers. And in parallel deliver specifications, whilst “our framework” is still in “building phase”.

We are looking for a person who has the right experience to be capable to pick up from the start specification work. Right experience means experience on; packaging specifications, food safety, quality & regulations (Food contact regulations of ; EU, FDA and ideally also China), risk assessments and ideally also SAP.

Your main responsibilities

You have at least 5 years of experience in packaging and/or quality either in a development or factory position, in the food or pharmaceutical industry. From your Technical Engineering / Food Technology Background (MSc) and experience with various packaging technologies, you will be comfortable working with various cross functional disciplines. You have closely worked with various packaging suppliers and it would be a preference if you also worked with packaging quality testing and/or packaging specifications.

In addition, the ideal candidate

  • Brings expertise on packaging functionality, quality & food safety and/or regulation
  • Has the ability to network inside and outside the organization;
  • Is eager to learn, develop and apply new knowledge and processes;
  • Has excellent communication and presentation skills (fluency in English);
  • 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.
  • enjoys being part of a new team and works hands on to professionalize the team
  • has eye for detail and works accurately

For this temporary position – the candidate will work on;

  • Specifications for a new just started packaging line in Zoetermeer (Around 10 food contact specifications + 10 non-food contact specifications)
  • Specifications for some packaging projects in Zoetermeer also used in China factory(E.g. change of material on existing specification, e.g. review existing specification) - around 3 (indirect)food-contact specifications)
  • Specifications for some packaging used in Liverpool factory (Review and update some (indirect) food contact specification
  • Co-build on food-safety & regulations templates and instructions (E.g. RAN template / risk assessment instruction)
  • This job requires some travelling. You’ll be based in Utrecht, but regularly visiting Schiphol, our factory in Zoetermeer and suppliers. Travelling abroad will be minimal.
  • Danone has ambition to build a new permanent position in the Packaging Specifications team in the next year. However, at this moment it is nót possible to define yet what the requirements for this permanent position will be.

About Danone

Danone is a Fortune 500 company and one of the most successful healthy food companies in the world. Its mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. This is the mission of Danone that guides our 1.850 “Danoners” in the Netherlands and more than 100.000 worldwide on an everyday basis. We are convinced that Danone has “something special inside”. Our diverse business divisions and functions offer you a vast variety of career opportunities in a dynamic environment.


Nutricia Research is part of Danone. Our products are marketed under the brand names Nutricia, Milupa, SHS and Blédina, amongst others. Capitalizing on our numerous international preclinical and clinical collaborations, we aim to identify new nutritional intervention opportunities and develop innovative product forms.

Nutricia Research Centre for Specialized Nutrition, located in the Utrecht Science Park in the Netherlands is a new state of the art Life Science innovation center for the development of new product concepts for Early life Nutrition and Medical Nutrition. We create formulas that provide clinically substantiated health benefits to vulnerable consumers – infants, toddlers, elderly and patients.


What do we offer
Our core values - Humanism, Openness, Proximity and Enthusiasm embody the way we aspire to behave in everything we do. If you are an energetic person who believes in these principles, then Danone is the right company for you! Join our dynamic team and help us make our vision a reality by playing a key role in the performance of Danone and all its brands. With offices in Zoetermeer, Utrecht, Schiphol, manufacturing plants in Cuijk and Zoetermeer, as well as a world-class R&D center in Utrecht, we offer a wide range of opportunities in the Netherlands but also internationally.

Are you the Packaging Specifications Management Senior Technologist we are looking for?
If you have any question about the position or the recruitment procedure, please contact Maaike Buijs (Corporate Recruiter) via + 31 (0)6 50 29 52 21 or maaike.buijs@danone.com.



More information
This listing is a full-time job

Job category Science, research & development
Industry / Industries Food
Region Utrecht
Keywords #Packaging #Temporary #msc #Technical Engineering/ Food Technology

Contact information

Name Maaike Buijs