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R&D Manager Innovation Leader Patisserie Mixes

For our Puratos Headquarters in Groot-Bijgaarden – Belgium, we are looking for a R&D Manager Innovation Leader Patisserie Mixes.


Within the Business Unit Patisserie Mixes, you will lead the development of Puratos in Patisserie Mixes by leading the Innovation team and managing the Innovation Pipeline which is in-line with the business unit strategy, and by using state of the art technologies. You will actively contribute to the development and optimization of ingredients, products, services and processes in order to achieve business results, often expressed in growth and profitability both from a short term and long term perspective.



Key Accountabilities:


Manage Innovation of the product category

  • Lead the development and launch of breakthrough innovations. Identify & prioritize the Innovation opportunities, in line with Puratos Group’s new purpose on Health & Well-being, sustainability and digitalization programs
  • Understand, research, identify and evaluate new, disruptive or emerging products, raw materials, ideas, technologies, processes, equipment’s and trends, in order to feed innovation and optimize existing products and technologies; Secure the competitive edge in collaboration with Upstream innovation team (GRS)
  • Manage the innovation cycle through the Stage & Gate process
  • Drive the implementation of innovations (and renovations) in the markets
  • Identify the right partners to realize the Business Unit innovation strategy, by setting up research/innovation projects and maintaining an active external network
  • Contribute to identifying acquisition targets in order to acquire technological innovation/advantage
  • Set up and run research, lab tests and validations with pilot countries in the market & support the launch of innovations in the markets


Competence building & training

  • Organize and supervise the training of both newcomers and advanced R&D managers on innovation, ingredients, formulations, IP protection, process and applications in order to support people development
  • Ensure knowledge building, documentation and exchange, between headquarters and relevant stakeholders in order to accelerate innovation and renovation projects
  • Managing and inspiring an innovation team of 2 people


Quality and operations

  • Support by sharing expertise and collaborate with Operations (incl production, supply chain, quality, purchasing)



Who are we looking for?

  • You have an academic degree in Bioscience Engineering, Food Technology or equivalent.
  • You have at least 8 years of experience within R&D in the food industry, of which at least 2 years in innovation
  • You are passionate about food and have knowledge about food processing and quality
  • You are creative and driven by Innovation and thinking out of the box
  • You are critical thinking and problem solving
  • You are a dynamic person that is able to challenge, plan and organize
  • You have strong communication and people skills and can build a good collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
  • You are digital savy
  • You are fluent in English. Any other languages are a plus.
  • You are willing to travel globally (20%).



Why would you join Puratos?

You will join a fast-growing, 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 benefit from a great deal of freedom in your work, with plenty of room for initiative. A great work environment with lots of challenges is what you can expect:

  • Responsibilities and the possibility to take ownership of your work
  • Training and career opportunities to build your career within our company


You can count on a competitive salary package with attractive benefits.

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Are you looking for the right recipe for your career?

Puratos is a growing, international, Belgian family business with a team of more than 9500 employees worldwide. Since 1919, we have been developing, producing and distributing innovative ingredients for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors and helping our customers to be successful. We are committed to the health and well-being of people and protecting the planet.

Are you looking for the right recipe for your career? Choose Puratos, a Top Employer in Belgium.