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Innovation Group Manager - South Africa  

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Posted on : 04 April 2017

Project Description

Job Description
  • We are looking for a technically inclined manager to lead our team of experts supporting mainly the bakery, beverages and dairy industries.
  • You will be responsible for all the technical customer support in Southern Africa, and for supporting our long-term product development pipeline for solutions to bakery, beverage and dairy products. 
  • You will be leading a team of 12 experienced, technically oriented and skilled colleagues. 
  • You will also be part of the management team of the European Innovation organization.
  • Along with your role as Group Manager, you will also be working as an Application Specialist. 
  • These responsibilities include the execution of customer-related tasks in close collaboration with colleagues inside and outside the group, designing, executing and following up on trials, and managing projects in close dialogue with our Product Management. 
  • Furthermore, you will develop new application solutions for the industry and assist in training of customers and colleagues in sales, application and the divisions. 

Main Tasks:
  • Ensure a well-motivated and smooth-operating group
  • Make complex goals clear and tangible for the group members
  • Contribute to the overall strategy plan and ensure implementation and achievement of the targets defined
  • Develop solutions and meet customers in a professional and service-oriented manner 

  • You are a skilled manager who enjoys working and navigating in a complex organization, and you have the skills and capabilities to build a network across organizational and geographical borders.
  • We hope to meet a person who is a good listener, yet decisive. 
  • A strong communicator, who is capable of motivating and leading others to deliver their best in a respectful and accommodating way.
  • You have a master’s degree as a Food Engineer or Scientist and have good insight (preferably 5 years’ experience or more) in the bakery or dairy industry, preferably combined with a couple of years of managerial experience and proven skills as a people manager.  
  • Good English skills are required

What we offer:
  • We are dedicated to maximizing our most valuable asset—our people. 
  • We do so by embracing diversity and offering opportunities for continuous development, whilst maintaining a good work/life balance. 
  • Our compensation package includes a competitive base salary, variable performance pay and a comprehensive benefits offering. 
  • A career at our company  offers you an opportunity to become the catalyst for change, personally and professionally. 
  • This, together with a respectful workplace that rewards achievement, makes our company  one of the best career choices today.