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    Full-time Position
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  • Experience Required
    1 - 2 Years
  • Degree Required
    • Province
      Postcode 6708 in Wageningen
    • Date Posted
      September 30,2020
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    Senior Product Developer

    The Vegetarian Butcher is looking for a Senior Product Developer

    Location: Unilever R&D Wageningen

    Local conditions apply


    Travel: Up to 25%

    Meat to please you! At the Vegetarian Butcher we’re looking for new ‘meat on the block’ to join us in the biggest food revolution of all times.

    Ten years ago on October 4th (world animal day) Jaap Korteweg, 9th generation farmer and meat lover, founded The Vegetarian Butcher (TVB). Together with a devoted team of chefs and scientists he created innovate and sustainable meat successors directly from beans and legumes. Great tasting meat products, perfect i-meat-ations in flavor, texture and juiciness, but without the use of the animal.

    This was the start of our mission to become the biggest butcher in the world, by making plant-based meat the new standard. We try to make our mission a reality Through Craftmanship, Human Connections, Entrepreneurship, Rebelliousness, Humour, Passion, Optimism, Sustainability and Pioneering. When Unilever acquired the company end of 2018 they joined in on this mission and committed to accelerate the biggest food revolution of all time.

    Since the acquisition of the TVB by Unilever, the company is scaling up fast. In this journey at exponential pace we are looking for a Senior Product Developer who has the passion to change the world!


    Lead the formulation workstream in projects Provide formulation related technical input to project scoping Develop product formulations according to the business product design brief, processability and safety requirements Collaborate with external partners to develop products for us – ensuring products meet requirements as outlined in the business product design brief and other Unilever standards To update existing formulation in case of rejuvenation according to the improvements set/agreed in the brief To implement recipe approval process and lead the session with business partners Carry out work for support of product claims (KBS, Demos), risk management, ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory Perform product and ingredient physical-chemical analyses according to needs Ensure high quality documentation of work in available software systems (eg PLM) Where possible: in silico first approach (start with computer and later go to the kitchen) using available tools Minerva, JMP, predictive models Continuously improve the role (Ways of Working, digital etc.) Mentor junior developers To implement approved formulation in the sourcing unit through pilot plant and plant trials To support with technical information in case of need to protect technology/formulation. To ensure the compliance to the Unilever Code of Business Principles and all SHE and QA policies, including the support of product claims, risk management and environmental awareness & legislation.


    • Bachelor or Masters degree (Food technologist or alike)
    • 4+ years of formulation experience
    • Knowledge of and experience with texturized vegetable proteins and/or meat processing
    • Eye for detail and analytical thinking
    • Pro-active mindset
    • Being digitally ‘savvy’
    • Able to operate Microsoft programs
    • Teamwork and effective cross-functional collaboration
    • Project management skills in a high pace environment
    • Analytical & structured thinker
    • Good communication skills (written & verbal) and fluency in English
    • Pro-active leadership mindset
    • Ability to work in a multi-functional, multi-cultural environment
    • You’re humble yet rebellious, entrepreneurial, energetic and fun!
    • You embrace change, are curious, learn rapidly and easily adapt your ways of working.


    To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter.

    Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.


    Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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