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Global Specifications Category Leader Nutritional Ingredients Infant Milk Formula


Date: Jan 14, 2018

Location: Utrecht, UT, NL

Company: DANONE


Would you like to lead a pioneering team of Global Nutritional Ingredient Specification professionals?

The department is focusing on infant milk formula products. In this position, you’ll have a major impact on the global development of the nutritional ingredient’s food safety, regulatory compliance and standardization strategies for infant milk formula products’. In this role, you’ll be convincing and engaging at the most senior levels of Stakeholders’. The Global Specifications Category Leader is managing the specification portfolio of 800 specifications representing an amount of Euro 350 million spend.

We offer:

  • Opportunity of building a new multicultural team vision/ambition/priorities and defining new ways of working globally;
  • Career growth opportunities at Danone Globally, X-functionally and x-division;
  • Opportunity to make a difference in terms of quality and food safety for highly sensitive consumer products;
  • To work in a very challenging category (Infant nutrition) with tough regulatory frames;
  • Growing business as a market leader;
  • Possibility to combine technical expertise with business acumen;
  • Highly x-functional team with several inner and outer partners.


Your mission:

The Early Life Nutrition Division puts priority and very strong commitment to ensure stringent quality standards & regulatory compliance, having very sensitive consumers in the heart of our business. For this we are building a new Specifications Management & Compliance (SMC) organization.

The organization will ensure strategic and sustainable ingredients and packaging material management;

  • Take accountability for raws & packs specifications compliance globally for the ELN division;
  • Enhance efficiency in Specification management by implementing new ways of working across Strategic supplier development, Quality, R&D and Supply points.
  • The new SMC organization will enhance expertise and seniority within the Specification teams, to drive the process to specifications with high quality standard in a cross-functional environment.


Other key responsibilities:

As Category Leader you will globally manage groups of nutritional ingredient specifications. In this prominent role you develop and implement ingredient strategies. You are accountable to ensure full food safety and regulatory compliance of nutritional ingredient materials worldwide to ensure highest standards of finished products for sensitive customers.


We are looking for:

We are seeking an exceptional Global Nutritional Ingredients Specifications Technology Leader. You have:

  • At least 8-10 years of Food development expertise with a strong focus on product development or the production of finished food products;
  • Team leadership success track record showing a strong focus on People Management;
  • A master’s degree in food science and technology (or related);
  • Strong skills in impact & Influence stakeholders in a non-hierarchical, cross functional and highly international environment.;
  • Strong change management mindset and experience;
  • Resilience;
  • Priority setting & decision making;


About Danone and our mission

Danone is a multinational food company dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible. This mission guides our 2.250 “Danoners” in the Netherlands and more than 100.000 worldwide on an everyday basis.Nutricia Research is part of Danone. R&D is an important basis of the work we do in nutrition and health. We collaborate with partners, for example in academia, suppliers and healthcare, we aim to identify new nutritional intervention opportunities and develop innovative product forms. Our largest innovation centre is located on Utrecht Science Park, the Netherlands. It is a state-of-the-art centre for the development of new nutrition product concepts for Early Life Nutrition and Advanced Medical Nutrition. We create products that provide clinically proven health benefits to vulnerable consumers – infants, toddlers, expecting mothers, the elderly and patients.


Please apply with your CV and Motivation Letter (both are mandatory) via For more information about the position, please contact Joyce van der Burg (Global Recruiter) via + 31 (0)6 46869687 or Applications through email will not be processed. (And please use an updated browser to avoid unnecessary errors).



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