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Global Innovation Program Director - Health & Nutrition

Job Category:  Research and Development
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  1825

Corbion develops sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations.


Global Health & Nutrition Innovation Program Director


Corbion develops sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations.


Corbion's Sustainable Food Solutions (SFS) develops functional ingredients which enhance overall performance of food stuff. What makes us special is that all our ingredient solutions are based on natural and sustainable resources. We closely collaborate with our customers in co-developing innovative solutions. We have multi-disciplinary approach towards innovation together with marketing and sales. This is how we contribute to preserving what matters.


As our Global Health & Nutrition Innovation Program Director within our  SFS division, you are the global primary Health & Nutrition resource. You take charge of designing and executing the new Health & Nutrition Innovation strategy for Corbion, focused on delivering solutions with validated Health and Nutritional benefits for the human consumption. You build, maintain, and deliver a robust and effective pipeline of food ingredients with primary focus on Gut Health and Preventive Healthcare via Nutrition, as well as nutritional benefits of Macro- and Micronutrients and their bio-availability.


You achieve your goals by collaborating with (a.o.) internal and external stakeholders: R&D team, BD, Regulatory, IP, Marketing, Data Science, QC/QA, Institutional Authorities, Customers, and third parties. You report to the VP Innovation Sustainable Food Solutions.





  • Provide the scientific and technical expertise necessary for the company to develop the brand new Health & Nutrition program, with main focus on Gut Health.
  • Design and execute the H&N Strategy, and the Technology Roadmap in line with the Corporate purpose of Corbion.
  • Maintain a strong level of expertise in the field of H&N science; must keep the knowledge in the field up to date, and use it to help refining existing products and develop new ones.
  • Build and lead the H&N team in line with the business needs, in order to support its sustainable growth.
  • Define the H&N program, including methodologies and procedures to validate the assumptions in a robust model.
  • Manage the studies from start to finish including design, statistical analysis, interpretation, documentation, and presentation to stakeholders.
  • Lead the network with external parties (Authorities, Universities, Research Centers) key to the execution and delivery of the H&N program. Work with third parties to expand and complement the internal competences as needed.
  • Work together with the business partners to create a robust value proposition for the new solutions.
  • Contribute to identify new opportunities of growth for Corbion; scouting potential new and existing technologies and their effectiveness in the field of H&N, with primary focus on Gastrointestinal Health and Health Preservation via Nutrition. 
  • Lead/support projects as Subject Matter Expert (SME). Build, strengthen, and safeguard the H&N competences within the company. Provide scientific and technical education to the various stakeholders throughout the organization.
  • Contribute to create a culture of high standards performance, curiosity and continuous learning, continuous improvement, knowledge cross-fertilization as appropriate.
  • Support Corbion Customers for the needs in food applications, solution development/understanding, and trainings as SME.


About you


  • PhD or MSc in Food Science or equivalent, with focus in Health and Nutrition, and strong experience in research.
  • Strong knowledge with 15+ years of experience regarding the effect of food ingredients on health and nutrition, with focus on gut health, fortification, antioxidants and dietary fats with emphasis on the human health and physiology.
  • Proven ability to gather knowledge and take action in a new area with limited preexisting expertise.
  • Strong self-starting and entrepreneurial capabilities and able to see and act upon both short term as long term opportunities
  • Experienced in developing value propositions together with business related area’s
  • Brings a strong and diverse network in the field of Health and Nutrition
  • Have a diverse network to execute small and large external studies
  • Capable of translating the scientific/technical knowledge into profitable business opportunities.
  • Able to connect with other research and development area’s and business and able to translate complex concepts in a simple manner
  • Proven affinity with microbiology, fermentation, product development, application in food
  • Familiar with complex and international environment, within a matrix organization.
  • Customer focused and solution oriented mindset.
  • Able to travel up to 30%.



Our offer


We offer competitive remuneration and benefits. What makes Corbion special is the way we consciously create that connection between the product of our work and our individual lives and use it to shape our choices and our priorities as a company. We have a great company made up of talented, dedicated people – people who share a purpose and a vision. When we all understand how we intend to get there in the same way, there’s no telling how far we can go. We offer you the chance to join a company with a:


  • Culture to empower people and where your initiatives and ideas make a real difference
  • International focus with truly diverse teams
  • Unique possibility to be trained by our internal expertise in the world of biobased products
  • We invest in relevant training courses related to your particular discipline, that will give you the opportunity to grow into an industry expert
  • Lastly, we offer a friendly, informal culture in a demanding professional environment


In addition, we actively embrace diversity in how we work together and contribute toward our shared objectives and values. By joining Corbion, you will become an employee in a company where you can feel pride in your achievements and develop your career with global prospects.



About Corbion 

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2020, Corbion generated annual sales of € 986.5 million and has a workforce of over 2250 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information: www.corbion.com


Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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