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CDI - Food Safety & Toxicology Scientist (H/F)

  • Posted: 28 May 2024
  • Quality & Food safety
  • France
  • On-site

About the job

Danone does not seek to be the best company in the world, but better for the world! That’s why our 26 brands in France are B Corp TM certified. *  

B Corp is the compass of our CSR strategy! This certification allows us to challenge ourselves in order to continuously improve and measure our social and environmental performance. 



We are looking for a Food Safety & Toxicology Scientist to join our Global Quality & Food Safety Standards and Risk Management department, in our Chemical Safety team. This CDI will take place in our new R&I center in Paris Saclay (91). 


Our mission is to ensure that Danone creates, manufactures and delivers it's products everyday, with no compromise on quality and food safety, by strickly following our Danone compliance policy and anticipate any quality and food safety risks.   


As a Food Safety & Toxicology Scientist, you will a key resource to identify new chemical risks and toxicological evolutions, in order to assess chemical safety risks and, be a key actor to the deployment of science-based standards to ensure an end-to-end chemical risks management in order to secure consumer safety and Danone’s licence to operate. 


Your main missions will be to :


  • Review chemical safety data, conduct toxicological risk assessment on ingredients/raw materials and packaging materials for the Danone product portfolio in support of new products developments (safe by design), development of science-based standards and in context crises/incidents
  • Investigate and implement new risk assessment methodologies in the context of business support
  • As part of company’s Horizon Scanning activity, lead the tracking of emerging science on new chemical food safety risks and food safety issues relevant to the Danone portfolio
  • Develop and drive risk communication in the context of food safety risk management activities and continuous improvement of Danone Quality and Food Safety Management System
  • To be able to identify and engage when required with scientific experts, external scientific organizations and trade associations in order to support Danone’s food safety strategic objectives
  • Drive and manage cross-functional projects related to the area of quality & food safety risk assessment and management


You would mainly interact with : 

  • internal : peers on the chemical safety team and overall QFS department, gleam members of corporate and business units functions (QFS, R&I, C&P, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs)
  • external :  External scientific experts, Scientific and Trade Associations networks 


Our employer commitments:   

  • The guarantee of a relevant, competitive and scalable compensation package, through external benchmark and internal equity. It consists among other things of a fixed salary, an yearly bonus, gain sharing, and a Danone share.  
  • Flexibility of work and workplaces, such as weekly homeworking
  • Skills development for all, thanks to our Danone Academy France and through a year-round managerial conversation cycle.  
  • The possibility to use up to 3 days a year of volunteering through the platform Vendredi 
  • Parenting policy benefits, such as extended Parental Leave (14 additional maternity/paternity days covered), or the ability to convert some earnings into time off  
  • Other benefits include a complementary pension scheme, health care plan, CSE, 100% of the Navigo pass covered


About you


The criteria below remain indicative. A candidate who has a different combination of experience and skills could also be considered.


  • You have a Master degree in a related field, such as eco)toxicology, risk assessment, food safety, environmental safety, biology, physiology, (bio)chemistry, pharmacology. A PHD, and Board certification in Toxicology (i.e., ERT, DABT) is a plus.  
  • You have over 5 years of experience in  chemical toxicological risk assessment applied, ideally in the industry context. Prior experience on risk assessment of food packaging chemicals and food contact materials application is a strong plus. 
  • You have strong skills and experience in reviewing, interpreting, summarizing, and communicating on scientific literature
  • You show curiosirty and have some knowledge on New Approach Methodologies in risk assessment (i.e., computational and in vitro toxicological testing)
  • Understanding on food safety regulations
  • Experience and competencies in project management
  • Autonomy: ability to prioritize deliverables and apply procedures and practices with excellence
  • Strong communication skills, open to communicate and build network internally and externally
  • Ability to convince, to work with multidisciplinary teams and adapt to different ways of working/cultures
  • Good proficiency in English (spoken, written)



The role requires:

  • Strong competencies in the areas of food safety science, toxicological and chemical risk assessment and proven track record experience in its application in an industrial context
  • Good knowledge of food safety regulations and compliance as well as food safety management
  • Good communication skills and being able to defend science-based positions
  • Autonomy and willingness to adapt within a fast-changing business environment
  • Demonstrated project management skills and stakeholder (corporate & local) management
  • Travel %: routinely up to 10% of total working days.



Danone is proud to promote inclusion and equal opportunities. We truly believe that our diversity will make the difference and that an inclusive environment will make us grow as a company, as a team, and as people. We therefore consider all applications* to ensure an inclusive corporate culture where everyone can feel like they belong.   

*All applications will be considered irrespective of origins and ethnicity, personal background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability.... 

About us

One Planet, One Health - BY YOU!   

Our four core values "HOPE": HUMANISM, OPENNESS, CLOSENESS and ENTHUSIASM serve as our compass.   

Every day, you will make decisions that impact our economic and societal performance, as well as our ability to achieve our ambitions.    

At Danone, you can just be yourself. We are convinced that it is up to YOU to define how you work, develop and progress.   

With us, you will work in a challenging, authentic, and caring environment.    

Want to know more about the daily life of our danoners? Check out our LinkedIn page and our @DanoneTalentFrance Instagram account.   

You want to take action to bring health through food to as many people as possible? Join us!  



Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • Interview #1

  • Interview #2

  • Interview #3

  • Welcome