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Product Development & Support Manager (Bakery Products)

About the Role

Your key responsibilities and challenges are:
• Project leader of NPD Bakery Products projects:
As Project Leader you are the driver to develop customer demands or ideas into a bakery product, which includes:
▪ You discuss ideas or customer demands on a technical basis (with commercials, customers, ...) and translate these ideas or commercial product demands into technical product definitions.
▪ You plan and follow up trials in a test bakery (in cooperation with a baker) and on industrial scale (in cooperation with production).
▪ You get approval of the customer/commercials concerning the developed product (product characteristics, cost price, ingredient declaration, ...).
▪ You transfer and follow-up all necessary information to quality, purchase, packaging, operations, ... in order to create the new product.
▪ Finally you follow-up the first productions to ensure the new product is produced according to the specifications agreed upon during the development.

• Product expert of a product category :
o You give technical support to the commercial teams and you organize or assist in customer visits to Vandemoortele or technical visits to the customer.
o You know and have a good understanding of the plant capabilities and processing conditions.
o You are able to keep an helicopter view of the ongoing projects in the defined product group.
o You build up specific technical knowledge through contacts with suppliers & customers, internal networking and literature, patents, seminars, institutes etc.

• Major R&D Projects:
o Next to the challenging responsibilities above, you also participate in important R&D projects, including projects outside of the direct scope of the function.

• R&D Systems:
o Finally you use and challenge when needed the R&D systems (recipe management, cost calculation, new ingredients...) and procedures.

What’s in it for you?
We offer you challenging work with a great purpose in an international company having a dynamic, driven and ambitious culture and a collegial atmosphere. With headquarters based in Belgium, you will have a real impact on the business. You will get all chances to grow within a people oriented and value driven environment, where cooperation, respect and ambition are key. You will receive an attractive salary and will enjoy all fitting extralegal advantages.


  • You hold a Master degree in Engineering (Bio-engineering, industrial engineering, etc.).

  • You have at least 2 years of experience in product development within the food industry.

  • Above all you are ambitious, energetic, driven and open to receive and give challenges. Your drive

  • As a food Lover, you are passionate by food.

  • Your excellent communication and persuasion skills enable you to motivate, drive and engage your

  • You are proactive and you are a driver for change. At the same time, you are pragmatic, problemsolving and looking for initiative.

  • You are able to work together on major projects and you like to take ownership.

  • You have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal, in English and

  • You are willing to travel 15% of your time (short trips).

About the Company

Vandemoortele is a leading European food group that manufactures and sells high-quality food products. Vandemoortele has two business lines; one in frozen bakery products and one in margarines, culinary oils and fats.

In 2021 Vandemoortele realized a turnover of ca 1,33 billion euro. The Group is present in 12 European countries with 4,800 employees. The Vandemoortele headquarters are located in Ghent, Belgium. Working at Vandemoortele, you will get all the chances to grow within a people oriented and value driven environment, where cooperation, respect and ambition are key. With headquarters based in Belgium you will be part of an international company having a dynamic, driven, ambitious and collegial atmosphere. We believe a more organic, flexible culture leads to a healthier work-life balance, motivates employees and ensures that we can work well together towards even better outcomes. You will participate in a culture built on thrust, empowerment, self-management and shared leadership, a culture where we all share the same sense of responsibility to getting the job done.

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