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Innovation Project Leader - Health and Nutrition - Belgium  

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Posted on : 27 May 2017

Project Description

  • Our company  is a spin off company specialized in the development of biotechnological production processes for specialty carbohydrates.
  • Our company is a B2B company for ingredients that find application in human and animal nutrition, personal care and health care.
  • Our company is a leading company in the development of Human Milk Oligosaccharides, which are of paramount importance for the health of babies.   
  • Our company is a high-growth company, with a staff of about 40 people and is set to continue its expansion.  

  • To strengthen our new market development team, we are looking for a Project Leader – Health and Nutrition to develop and manage our development projects.   
  • You will be in charge of managing and executing a project portfolio using both internal resources as well as external collaborations aimed to drive strategic innovations in the Health and Nutrition space.  
  • The position reports directly to the head of business development and CSO.  

  • Advanced degree (preferably PhD) in nutritional sciences, food science, biotechnology, or bio-process engineering.  
  • Background in human or animal nutrition, immunology and gut health are an asset.  
  • Excellent project management skills.  
  • Applied science oriented.  
  • Ambitious, yet team oriented and able to lead and motivate cross-functional teams.  
  • Experience with grant and subsidy programs is an asset.  

Your tasks 
  • Plan and manage our development projects, recruiting internal resources as well as securing and managing third party expertise and collaborations.  
  • Identify partners and set up collaborations in different fields.  
  • Develop project plans and timelines based on intended commercial outcomes and targeted product profile.  
  • Participate in idea generation, maturation and prioritization of new strategic and commercial projects.  
  • Track scientific developments in Health and Nutrition areas including pre-clinical and clinical research results.  

Personal skills and requirements 
  • Strong will to join a dynamic small company, a sense of responsibility, ownership and execution as well as a willingness to work in a fast-paced environment.  
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and timelines, while maintaining the team focus.  
  • Must have a "can-do" attitudes and a strong desire to take ownership of many different projects, driven by curiosity and eager to find solutions.  
  • Result- and quality oriented. Willing to make trade-offs and compromise to ensure progress.   
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and interpersonal skills: ability to determine appropriate actions in response to problems of varying complexity.  
  • Strong communication and networking skills.  
  • Excellent organisational skills.  
  • Ability and willingness to occasionally travel both domestically and internationally.  
  • Fluency in English is a must. Other language skills are an asset.  

 We offer an interesting job with a lot of variety and responsibilities in a dynamic young team of collaborators in a field with a lot of future.