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Project Optimization Manager

  • Posted: 28 Sep 2021
  • Operations
  • Leuven, Rotselaar
  • Belgium

About the job

Are you ready to work with a leading food company that stands for international success? Do you want to be the connecting element between innovation and production?

For our Factory of the Future we are looking for a:

(Senior) Project Optimization Manager (location: Rotselaar, fulltime)


As our new Sourcing & Projects Project Optimization Manager (S&P POM), you will be responsible for Industrial Trial management, translating innovation into products and packaging we can make at our plant in Rotselaar.

You will schedule, organize and optimize all industrial tests and new product start-ups according to factory capability.

For this, you will act as the plant’s Single Point Of Contact for Operations, R&D & Quality, essentially being their eyes and ears on site, providing technical expertise about industrial feasibility for innovation, renovation, productivity and sourcing.
In short: assessing the resources needed at factory level and the planning for the projects themselves. 


Based on this, you will propose and support recommendations that lead to the right match between the Raws and Packs (R&P) specifications on the one hand, and the industrial capability on the other. Hence, you become the owner of the plant’s compliance to standards & specifications, being accountable for consolidating & updating the factory’s capabilities as well as the factory’s catalogue (R&Ps, finished products, process & technology) and its optimization.


Overall, you

  • Contribute within the local project portfolio review steering committee
  • Have main Interfaces with R&D, Operations, Quality & Procurement
  • Interact directly with plant team (maintenance, production, quality, supply…)

About you


Besides a Master’s degree in Food Engineering you bring several years of experience in a factory or in R&D. You are a well versed in project management and organizationally sensitive – you’ve worked in matrix organizations and with multiple stakeholders before. You are autonomous but highly capable of getting people “on board” and you know how to convince them.


Furthermore, you

  • Are a strong team player and cross functional contributor with highly developed communication- and interpersonal skills
  • Bring resilience, determination and flexibility from your passion for excellence. You drive change but are also open for change that others may bring
  • Are Fluent in English and Dutch. (French is a benefit)

About us


Working here you’ll need to enjoy a fast-pace, complexity and it can get a little challenging. But it’s packed with opportunities. You’ll work with some of the best-known brands in the world and we absolutely guarantee that you can just be yourself. Be innovative and entrepreneurial and the impact you could make might just amaze you. Join our movement for a healthier world. One Planet One Health BY YOU.

We are proud to be an equal employer. We are convinced our differences make the difference and that an inclusive working environment will drive our growth as a business, as teams and as individuals. We will therefore consider all applicants for employment* fostering an inclusive working culture that is accessible for all.

Did you know that as a B-Corp certified company, Danone meets the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability?


We Offer

Our core values - Humanism, Openness, Proximity and Enthusiasm embody the way we aspire to behave in everything we do. If you are an energetic person who believes in these principles, then Danone is the right company for you! Join our dynamic team and help us make our vision a reality by playing a key role in the performance of Danone and all its brands.


What’s next?

 Hit the “apply now” button now. You have until 24/10/2021 to apply. To comply with GDPR regulations, we cannot process your personal data without given consent. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying directly via our career website.

Need more information? Please contact Annelies Verbruggen, Talent Manager, via annelies.verbruggen@danone.com

* all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.