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Product Design & Development Manager Core Milks in Utrecht

Management vacature bij Danone in Utrecht.


About the job

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

For Specialized Nutrition R&I (SN R&I) division we are looking for a Product Design & Development Manager Core Milks to join the team.

The Product Design and Development Manager (PDDM) is responsible for taking the lead within the technical stages of design, formulation and development to deliver new products as part of Specialized Nutrition (SN) focused on the Core Milks portfolio. Additionally, the PDDM is responsible for providing input where needed to the exploratory phase of new project ideas incl. Prototyping and testing, etc. The products must be holistically designed considering all business needs (consumer needs, nutrition requirements, COGS, Regulatory, etc.).

From this pivotal position within Nutricia's Research Centre you will be responsible for:

  • Work cross-functionally (project teams) to deliver holistic products to the market
  • Be the technical lead within the technical stages of formulation design and development up to commercialization of a new product innovation/renovation
  • Work closely with Specification Management on raw material selection
  • Work closely together with stakeholders in Supply Points, Pilot Plants on trials and alignments on the final results
  • Build and own expertise on product category - Technical, Quality in Design
  • Able to look critically at the current product development process & challenge the status quo and capturing knowledge
  • Able to anticipate risks and challenges and to proactively propose solutions
  • Create prototypes/samples in the early/exploration phase of the project to drive critical business decisions on value and the product brief
  • Co-build the product brief together with your key stakeholders in marketing & science
  • Ensure formulations follow robust design principles, risk mitigations are in place, and all documentation is in line with InnoPro Governance process.


About you

About You

  • Minimum 2-year experience in Product Development, preferably in Powdered milks
  • MSC Degree or higher in Food Science/Technology
  • Scientific Mindset (to understand SN)
  • Proficiency using tools for formulation design, documentation, systems and processes are key to the compliance and quality aspect to the role
  • Experience with Product Design and Development based on Consumer insights
  • Proactive in work and communication
  • Strong Stakeholder Management skills
  • Team Player/Collaborative Mindset
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Quick to analyze complex problems and propose pragmatic solutions with concrete action plans
  • Can deal with changing priorities, manage uncertainty and deal with complexity in a dynamic organization
  • Is fluent in English, both verbal and written


About us

About us
Working at Danone is a unique experience. It's fast-paced and complex and, at times, it can get a little challenging. But it's packed with opportunities to learn and grow working with some of the best-known brands in the world, like Evian, Alpro, Nutricia, Activia and Nutrilon. Bring your unique perspective, ambitions and entrepreneurial ideas to the table - the impact you could make might just surprise you. One Planet. One Health - BY YOU.

We're proud to be a B-Corp certified company. That means we meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability in everything we do. 

We're committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we base our hiring decisions on merit, job requirements and business needs.* 

We offer
It's an exciting time to join Danone as a Product Design & Development Manager Core Milks. You'll be part of an existing team to build and support our amazing mission. And the best part? You'll be supported to grow an impactful career that you can be proud of. Together, we'll build a healthier world.

All Danoners receive a complete package of benefits. This includes a competitive salary and yearly bonus, a premium free pension and great discounts on health insurance and Danone products. We understand the importance of flexibility and offer 30 days of annual leave (with the opportunity to purchase more) and a hybrid working environment, where you can work either from home or from one of our People Hubs in Hoofddorp, Utrecht and Zoetermeer.

What's next?
It's simple - hit the "apply" button. In order to comply with GDPR we can't process your personal data without your given consent, so please apply directly via this website. Good luck! We can't wait to meet you.

Need more information? Please contact Olivier de Ranitz (Talent Acquisition Manager) via Olivier.de-Ranitz[at]external.Danone.com. 


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