For more than 265 years, JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE) is inspired by its belief that it’s amazing what can happen over a cup of coffee or tea. We are fuelled by our purpose of unleashing the possibilities of coffee and tea to create a better future. Today, our coffee & tea portfolio is available in more than 100 developed and emerging markets, through a portfolio of over 50 brands that collectively cover the entire category landscape led by leading household names such as L’OR, Jacobs, Senseo, Tassimo, Douwe Egberts, Old Town, Super, Pickwick and Moccona.
JDE is part of JDE Peet’s, the world’s largest pure-play coffee and tea company, headquartered in The Netherlands.
What’s it like to work at JDE?
We are proud of our passionate, driven associates that challenge the status quo and pursue mastery in everything they do. Our goal is simple and ambitious – JDE: A coffee & tea for every cup.
At JDE, we're Made to Stand Out. Every day we are progressive in outlook, ambitious in nature, resourceful in action and decisive in approach, bringing coffee and tea moments to everyone around the world.
As part of our Research, Development and Operations (RD&O) organization, the JDE R&D function is on a journey to transition into a world-class organization delivering innovation and excellence for all JDE business ambitions. In this job opportunity, you will be part of the Research and Development Center, reporting to the Global R&D Category Director Instant, Roast & Ground, Tea & Cold.
The tasks and responsibilities in this role:
Manages and builds R&D the project team to ensure continued execution & project delivery (8 FTE direct reports)
Manages R&D group resource allocation to ensure on-time project delivery in innovation, renovation and productivity projects
Leads and manages talent management within the team to find future managers and leads best practice setting
Executes R&D projects by leading the program delivery, monitoring progress and being responsible and accountable for successful delivery and cost management through the full life cycle of the project
Support to the category opportunities to innovate and optimize product solutions and processing capabilities and performance
Has the responsibility to lead in the delivery of new technology applications from design to commercialization and qualification in close collaboration with key stakeholders within the manufacturing network with full adherence to consumer design specifications
Driving day to day performance and programmes within the network
Provides operations support to R&D
Manages the implementation of the new product design throughout the R&D organization and the company as a whole
Manages food label regulation by tracking relevant legislation and ensuring that ingredient labels are regulatory compliant
If you’re brimming with an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to succeed, you’ll fit right in at JDE. Working globally and locally, our Associates have been positively influencing the world of coffee for over 265 years. We love people who are not afraid to try and who try until they get it right. We value strong convictions and encourage debate. And all this in an open, friendly environment where you can approach anyone and grow any way you like.
The preferred qualifications and skills for this role:
Education in a food-related technical field (Food Science or Chem Eng)
Over 7 years of proven track record in the food industry (R&D and Operations)
Over 3 years of experience in organisation development and people management
Broad technical knowledge of food categories packaging, processes, technologies, ingredients and formulae
Broad business knowledge and integration of Marketing, Operation and Research strategies
Sound understanding of food safety, legal, environmental and regulatory parameters
Solid understanding of consumer insights, market structure and need states
Proven understanding of the commercialization process
Interaction and influence at a senior business level.
Experience in food safety, consumer insights, packaging /process design and commercialization
Experience and knowledge of several product categories
Operating in diverse environments
Next to an attractive and rewarding salary, we offer a variety of secondary employment conditions.
Your application at JDE
If you are interested in this career opportunity at JDE, hit the “I’m interested” button and upload your application. After receiving your application, we will do our utmost to give you quick feedback. Part of the recruitment procedure at JDE will be an online assessment, followed by two interviews. Pre-employment screening can be part of the recruitment process.