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Research and Development Lead

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Research and Development Lead

Location: Amsterdam

We’re currently recruiting for a Research and Development Lead to join an innovative start up who are bringing cutting edge health food/drinks to market. You’ll be responsible for driving technological advancements, ensuring quality and compliance, and optimising manufacturing processes to deliver high quality and innovative products.

R&D Lead responsibilities:

Research and Development:

  • Lead R&D efforts for new ingredients and manufacturing processes.
  • Collaborate with internal and external experts to drive innovation and explore cutting edge technologies.
  • Stay up to date with industry trends and emerging technologies.

Experimental Planning and Execution:

  • Designing and executing laboratory and pilot scale experiments to validate manufacturing processes.
  • Developing experimental protocols, ensuring strict adherence to safety and quality standards.
  • Coordinating testing activities within the organisation’s facilities and potentially at external facilities.
  • Analysing experimental data and provide valuable insights to guide process optimisation and improvements.

Technology Transfer and Scaling-up:

  • Leading technology transfer activities from R&D to commercial production.
  • Collaborating with cross functional teams to develop scaling up strategies and designing new processes for large scale manufacturing.
  • Ensuring successful knowledge transfer and effective implementation of new processes and technologies

Quality and Food Safety Management:

  • Ensuring compliance with quality management systems and relevant food safety regulations.
  • Continuously improving the quality management system through monitoring and corrective actions.
  • Evaluating suppliers’ quality systems and establish quality agreements.
  • Promoting benchmarking activities and driving continuous improvement.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communication:

  • Managing 3rd party manufacturers, liaising with them for scale up processes, raw materials, and planning new launch roadmaps.
  • Collaborating with internal stakeholders, such as R&D, operations, contract manufacturers, and commercial teams, to align quality and technology initiatives.
  • Representing the organisation in interactions with regulatory agencies, industry associations, and customers regarding quality and technology matters.

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