Project Leader RD&I (Non Food)

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The ambition of Cosun Beet Company is to be the greenest, most innovative and most successful sugar beet processor in the world. We are already one of the most efficient sugar producers in Europe. As well as developing, producing and selling sugar and sugar specialties, we process all parts of the sugar beet into natural ingredients for the food, energy, biobased and related industries. As a part of our new strategy, we aim to develop new businesses in the area of biobased (non-food) which is also one of our growth areas. As part of our new strategy, we intend to develop new activities in the field of biobased (non-food), which is also one of our growth areas. To spearhead our innovation projects and support new business creation we are looking for a:

Project Leader RD&I (Non Food)

Organizational context
Within the position of Project Leader RD&I (Non Food) you will report to the Manager Business Creation (Non-Food). This is a key strategic role for someone with background in technology, innovation ,biobased and project management looking to make a strong contribution to the success of this key strategic topic for Cosun Beet Company.

Job description:

  • Innovation project management;
  • Lead project teams, engage in project planning, stakeholder management and ensure that project objectives, impact and milestones are met, within agreed budget and timing and according to agreed project plan;
  • Next to leading the projects, support new business creation and actively contribute in activities like scouting, screening and ideations (front end innovation);
  • When needed interact with centralized innovation and R&D, Engineering, Production, Finance & Control, Commerce, Corporate and external Business Partners;
  • Stays informed of developments and trends in the field of relevant technologies and 'biobased economy';
  • Communicate project status, results and activities with team members and internal and external stakeholders, always ensuring alignment of expectations;
  • Contributes to the further development of the overall innovation goals and non-food team.


  • A Master’s degree in Science/Chemical Engineering or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience;
  • Knowledge and/or previous experience in Biotechnology/Green Chemistry (bio based chemicals/materials) is plus;
  • Experience of managing high complexity multi-stakeholder innovation projects and team;
  • Insights into the developments in the international 'biobased' industry
  • Solid innovation project management skills
  • Cosun Beet Company is internationally oriented, good command of English is required and in addition, basic knowledge of Dutch is preferred
  • Independent
  • Communicative and socially skilled


What do you get in return?

  • An informal working atmosphere with nice colleagues, where people are central.
  • You will be working for a very sustainable company. We are the largest green gas producer in the Netherlands!
  • An alternating and challenging function for 40 hours.
  • A salary of €3700 - €5300 gross per month based on a 40-hour week (depending on knowledge and experience).
  • Excellent pension plan with very low employee contribution (and thus a nice gross net ratio)
  • 13th month.
  • 25 vacation days (based on a 40-hour work week).
  • 23 ADV days (based on a 40-hour work week).
  • Hybrid working (2 days per week from home with fulltime employment). 
  • A personal annual vitality budget worth €450.
  • Cao à la carte
  • Bicycle plan & fitness scheme
  • Active personnel association
  • Collective health insurance

And much more! For more information see our Cosun Beet Company CLA. 

For more information about this position please contact Rahul Dagwar, Manager Business Creation Non-Food, tel +31629070875.

Then we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply by clicking on the application button and send your motivation to Leoni van Leeuwen (Corporate Recruiter).

*An assessment may be part of the application procedure.