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SN Innovation Trial Manager

  • Posted: 6 May 2024
  • Research & Innovation
  • Utrecht
  • Netherlands
  • On-site

About the job

Danone Global Research & Innovation Center, located in the Utrecht Science Park in the Netherlands is a state of the art Life Science innovation centre for the development of new product concepts for Specialized Nutrition. We create formulas that provide clinically substantiated health benefits to vulnerable consumers – infants, toddlers, elderly and patients. 


The SN R&I Strategic Portfolio and Governance team is Part of the Global SN R&I, which mission is to inspires, designs and develops superior experiences and life-serving innovations leveraging the unique SN expertise and common R&I assets across SN Categories. Furthermore, The SN R&I team creates value growth opportunities within ‘fuel for growth’ initiatives across SN categories.


Your role and main responsibilities are:

  • Provide proper visibility of factory trial management throughout the year & forecast .  
  • Maintain Project Management team (IPRO), R&I,  and Factory (Ops) leaders in sync regarding latest budget picture reflecting Trials Management decisions. 
  • Enable decision making by SN R&I Board, endorsed by SNU decision Board (GIM) 
  • Co-build entry window inputs ensuring trials are properly reflected and prioritized 
  • Co-build budget allocation guideline and ensure it is known and applied globally 
  • Gatekeeper on budget impact of write off costs and factory rework 

About you

  • University degree in Food Technology, Biotechnology or Chemical Engineering
  • A master degree in a relevant field (process, food, laboratory, etc.) and approx. 5 years of experience in R&I or Operation ;
  • You have experience in portfolio management and are able to find cross functional alignments; with strong Stakeholder management experience, ability to network , communication skills.
  • You have change agility, business acumen , result driven and able to work autonomous
  • You are a strong Team Player with a collaborative mindset with Critical thinking and problem solving.

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, such as Evian, Nutricia, Activia and Nutrilon 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 Benelux meets the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability?

We Offer

At Danone, we offer a complete package of benefits, with a competitive primary salary and yearly bonus, but also benefits like a premium free pension, 30 days annual leave and several discounts on a collective health insurance and even on some of our products.

What’s next?

Are you the SN Innovation Trail Manager  we are looking for? Hit the “apply now” button now. 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 Joost Rijksen Talent Manager Research & Innovation via joost.rijksen@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.



Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • Interview #1

  • Interview #2

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