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R&D Manager Process Improvement and Technologies

As R&D Manager Chocolate - Technology & Processing, you will be responsibel for the implementation of the priorities on chocolate technology, processing and process & product improvement (PPI) in our chocolate producing facilities worldwide, according to the SBU Chocolate Strategy.


Key responsibilities


Chocolate technology & processing management (20%)

  •  Implement the strategy and priorities on chocolate technology and processing projects
  • Identify the resources, capabilities & training needs related to processing projects
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams (engineering / operations / quality
  • Contribute to trainings on technology & processing for the international R&D community 

Best fitting production lines and optimal and sustainable use of each production line (40%)

  • Support in definition and implementation of new technology in subsidiaries in function of capacity/technology & business needs
  • Support the capex planning and represent the R&D in meetings related to capex projects
  • Provide technical and R&D support in the start-up of new production lines, capacity extensions and acquisitions

Lean implementation of chocolate technology through standardization (20%)

  •  Define and implement standardized and harmonized technology for the SBU Chocolate
  • Manage the pool of proven technology & suppliers and define and prioritize supplier and technology validation projects
  • Centralize R&D know-how related to technology & processing

 Competitive advantage by contributing to innovation and continuous improvement in technology (20%)

  •  Monitor new equipment/process technologies and propose new solutions
  • Build expertise & network in the chocolate processing area creating an active network of high commercial value for customers, machine suppliers & researchers in the international Puratos R&D community
  • Contribute to technology and/or process innovation projects and supplier’s partnerships, in collaboration with the GRS

Who are we looking for?

  • You obtained a master degree in Bio Engineering or Industrial Engineering 
  • You gained 5-10 years of experience in food processing or process engineering 
  • You have a passion for food procesing and technology, experience in/passion for chocolate is greatly appreciated 
  • You are fluent in English, professional working proficiency in Dutch is a big plus 
  • You are a real teamplayer and you have a drive for consensus
  • You have a hands-on mentality 
  • You are willing to travel up to 30% of the time 

Why would you join Puratos?

You will join a stable family business that has become an international market leader with a corporate culture in which innovation and entrepreneurship are part of our main priorities. You will have great independence and plenty of room for initiative. You will actively participate in the development of innovative products. You will have the opportunity to contribute to our common vision and mission: use new technologies to improve the quality of food. A challenging work environment with various tasks is what you can expect:

  •  many responsibilities and the possibility to take ownership of your work
  • training and career opportunities to evolve within the company

 You can count on a competitive salary package with attractive benefits such as:

  •  meal vouches 
  • hospitalization and group insurance 
  • company car and fuel card

Who are we?

The secrets behind Puratos’ global success and consistent growth are taste and quality. We would like to welcome you within our enthusiastic, committed and passionate team of more than 8800 employees. We are an international player and, what is more, a Belgian family business. Our people make the difference every single day. How? By developing, producing and distributing a unique and high-quality range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers, since 1919.

A century later, our products and services are available in more than 100 countries around the world. Our passion for innovation, closeness to our customers, and their customers, as well as our core values form the basis of our passion to improve.

Working at Puratos is choosing a Top Employer in Belgium.

Shall we meet soon?