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      November 15,2020
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    Program Director Open Innovation Europe

    At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.

    At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.

    Corbion is an innovation driven bio-ingredients, biochemicals and biopolymers developer and manufacturer. While our success and growth is based on our proprietary (bio-)technology, we are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to create value through collaboration and open innovation.

    As our Program Director – Open Innovation Europe you maximize value creation through Open Innovation. By doing so you accelerate Corbion’s growth initiatives, both within the current strategy period (‘Business Accelerator’), as well as longer term (‘Business Incubator').

    In this role you will focus on screening Europe for new technology opportunities for Corbion, and scouting selected opportunities by establishing collaboration agreements with third parties, and directing execution of these agreements. You report to the SVP Incubator and R&D Excellence, and you maintain and nurture close relationships with Chief Science and Sustainability Officer, Business development leads, R&D directors, Market intelligence and finance departments, your overseas peers within the Incubator and Global R&D and Research Excellence teams and the leadership teams of of collaboration prospects and partners.


    • Screening Europe for new technology opportunities to accelerate value creation for Corbion, and build a portfolio of collaboration projects, both early stage and late stage.
    • Keeping the organization up-to-date with technology developments and identify trends and emerging technologies relevant to Corbion by representing Corbion in networking events like conferences, trade shows, consortia and industry platforms.
    • Leading initial Size of the Prize estimates and assessment of strategic fit, aligned with the relevant business unit, and make recommendations on the most promising prospects to the Incubator leadership.
    • Establishing collaboration agreements with selected prospects and lead execution of these agreements by integrating external and Corbion technologies, directing Corbion Global R&D resources to deliver on the joint development milestones.
    • Establishing trusted relationships and an innovation ecosystem with start-ups by (co)-hosting Open Innovation events and be an ambassador for Corbion’s Open Innovation Network.


    • Technical degree (MSc) with strong business acumen and a demonstrated passion for Innovation.
    • At least 10 years of experience in B2B innovation, or a combination of innovation and business development and/or product management.
    • Experience in value chain analysis, building value propositions and business cases.
    • Proven ability to bring people together in cross functional, cross cultural teams working towards a common goal. Ability to communicate effectively across cultures and at multiple levels.
    • Ability to act as a credible partner for senior leadership of collaboration prospects.
    • Drive and energy to take on multiple projects in parallel while ‘staying on the ball’.
    • Welcoming personality, respectful and with a positive mindset when engaging with early stage innovators.

    About Corbion

    What makes Corbion truly special is our talented global team of people, who are consciously dedicated to connecting the work we do together with the difference it makes in the lives of consumers, including our own friends and families. At Corbion, innovation is in our DNA; we explore, we discover, we create, and then we do it all over again, finding ever-better ways to help the world solve some of its most pressing challenges. When you come to Corbion, you will find that for us, sustainability is not simply a corporate program, it is at the very heart of our business, giving direction to our work, our investments and our creativity. We exist to preserve what matters.

    As a company where day-to-day priorities and decisions are shaped by a shared purpose and vision, we enjoy a working environment energized by empowerment and opportunity. By joining Corbion, you can be part of :

    • A culture open to great ideas wherever they come from, and where your work can make a real difference in the world
    • An organization that values diversity of thought, background and experience
    • A company ready to invest in you, helping you grow toward your personal ambitions
    • A workplace that’s friendly and informal, while being focused and professional
    • An international team small enough to stay agile, but large and talented enough to make an impact today, and for future generations

    Our corporate values – Collaboration, Care, Courage and Commitment – define what it takes to overcome obstacles and create the sustainable breakthroughs the world sorely needs. As a member of the Corbion team, you’ll see these values put into action every day, and you’ll have the chance to make your own unique contribution to our collective achievements.

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