R&D Packaging Category Team Lead

R&D Utrecht Full-time Netherlands

Job Description

To start with, the position of R&D Packaging Category Team Lead sits comfortable in the Global R&D Packaging Team. An incredible diverse team that helps each other learn, grow and develop. Just how we like it! And as a R&D Packaging Category Team Lead you will be asked to lead the packaging development for the innovation, renovation, quality improvement, productivity and sustainability projects as well as lead a team of five talented individuals. For this, we don’t just need you to be a knowledgeable professional but also strongly rely on your interpersonal skills as well as your drive for success. Know that you’ll have a crucial role in creating and protecting the impact we look for in our value chain. With this said, we like you to take responsibility over the following tasks:

  • Manage and build R&D project teams to ensure a flawless execution & project delivery;
  • Manage R&D resource allocation to ensure on time project delivery with a deep technical rigor and consumer centric mindset;
  • Execute R&D projects by leading the program delivery, monitoring progress and being responsible and accountable for successful delivery and cost management through the full life cycle of the project;
  • Lead in the delivery of new technology applications from design to commercialization and qualification in close collaboration with key stakeholders within the manufacturing network.


We are looking for a natural leader with a drive for excellence. Someone that holds themselves accountable and doesn’t shy away from responsibility. Given the nature of the role we feel its important for you to have a solid and proven track record within the Food industry, obviously in a packaging role. A certain level of experience leading teams as well as a solid understanding of your own added value would be the ‘icing on the cake’. We thrive in diverse teams and look for people that appreciate that as much as we do. We can give you a list of “must haves”, however that’s not how we view your candidacy. We do, of course, take into consideration how much knowledge you have of materials, packaging processes and packaging machines, but ultimately we look at the bigger picture. But to give you a bit of guidance as to what we feel is needed in this role, we’ll share our “nice to have” list with you:

  • Education in a food related technical field (e.g., Food Science, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering)
  • Experience in food safety, consumer insights, packaging /process design and commercialization

Additional Information

Whether or not you are with us, two, four or thirty years, it doesn’t matter. We help you build your skillsets and potential career. We offer a solid and competitive base and ad additional benefits to the mix. To name a few: Learning and development budget, career development, Insurances, pension plans and a minimum of 25 + 12 ADV days of paid holidays (because we care and want to offer you a healthy work – life balance)


We, at JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE – Peet’s) are inspired by believes that anything can happen over a cup of coffee or tea. Fueled by our purpose to create a better future, we are taking the world of coffee and tea by storm. Making it our mission to keep improving ourselves and the world around us.

Our roots are deeply embedded in the coffee and tea industry, dating back as far as 1753. Worldwide we are touching the lives of millions of people – from earth to bean and from bean to cup. All through some of worlds leading household names.  Together, we are on a journey to secure a future for coffee and tea. With sustainability constantly evolving we take a dynamic approach to make a real impact across our value chain, focusing on responsible sourcing, minimizing our footprint and connecting people from all walks of life.