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Research & Innovation Engineer

11/09/2018 Brussel, Belgie

About the Job

The Research & Innovation (R&I) Portfolio Management Team for the United Kingdom, Belgium and Netherlands (UBN Cluster) are responsible to deliver de following main objectives:

  • Build the cluster’s project portfolio in consistency with local growth requirements and European strategic imperatives and synergies
  • Drive the select and define phase of the projects with project leader in order to build the brief with the cluster in some projects with the other cluster
  • Support the Development team and the Cross functional team to progress with the projects to ensure quality, excellent execution and targeted timing

Together with the line manager, as the R&I Engineer for Belgium and Netherlands, you will impact two main areas:

1. Project Execution in Belgium and the Netherlands by supporting stakeholders and cross-functional teams:

  • Together with the R&I iDC (Product Development teams) in some projects or alone form R&I in other project and the cross functional team, is responsible to define the brief with the project leader and the core team and land this brief into go develop
  • Lead tasting sessions for the projects and main market benchmarks. Aligned with R&I iDC, SBS or Portfolio Manager, he/she will drive the sessions (embarking Brand teams, Quality and R&I) to perform product evaluation and drive the action plan and recommendations
  • Produce Launch sheet and finetune labelling sheet for her/his project or scope
  • Ensure connection within R&I Danone Dairy community for product news and information and follow key strategic projects and disruptive technologies (best practices and knowledge sharing, and market understanding and sampling)
  • He/She is the R&I SPOC for BE and NL as a proximity leader

2. Cluster Portfolio Management and Governance for the scope of Belgium and the Netherlands: 

  • Update the Pipe-line and the Calendar together with the R&I Portfolio group leader 
  • BE and NL Market involvement
  • Apply stage-gate project management to manage all deliverables of the project development perfect execution and launch on time, cost and at quality with seamless decision-maker communication and risk management
  • Lead competition benchmarking and Nutritional analysis 
  • Build a deep understanding of main competitors and market trends: product and pack, nutrition and communication main focus on BE and NL
Will you become the newest member of our Research & Innovation Portfolio Management Team for the cluster of UK, Belgium & Netherlands?

About You

You have a Masters Degree in Engineering, Science or Food. You have at least 5 years of relevant professional experience with extended focus on Product Development and Project Management.

You will possess the following qualities:

  • Passion for R&I to contribute to a great consumer experience and the building of strong brands through innovation
  • Languages: fluency in English mandatory, fluency in French an advantage - though proven linguistic ability plus willingness to learn spoken French up to professional level is acceptable
  • Excellent communication skills, in particular the ability to listen and translate this into actionable briefs
  • Team player with a natural ability and predisposition to take the lead where/when needed
  • Ability to adapt well to new environments and resilience / leadership to manage change
  • Professional project manager, action-biased with strong work ethic
  • Personal initiative, self-starter, able to quickly understand objectives and independently manage the delivery of results
  • Able to build strong Networking and relation with the different stakeholders at Cluster and Market Level as well as Regional level. 
  • Results and Solutions oriented
  • Intention to continue a growth full career in R&I 

What’s in it for you? 

At Danone we offer a complete package of benefits, with a competitive primary and yearly bonus.

But more importantly – many opportunities for growth in the company!

About Us

At Danone, we are dedicated to achieving health through food. And not only that; we want our mission to benefit people of every age, in every social and cultural environment and in every part of the world - as many people as possible.

What’s Next?

Hit the “apply now” button!

Need more information? Please contact:

Annelies Verbruggen
Talent Manager annelies.verbruggen@danone.com
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